Need help finishing kitchen

hmcmcdMarch 2, 2013
We finally finished re doing the cabinets, got new counters, did subway tile backsplash and now I need help to finish it off...almost sure going to do hardwood floors , but my delima is with the ceiling... It drops down in the kitchen so adding a new light fixture (which I think could tie everything together) isn't really an option, but I have to get rid of the fluorescent! Any ideas??
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Also thinking about removing the shutter over sink and stuck on what do w chandelier over table....
    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 11:22AM
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The L.A. Lady
Do you know what's inside the drop ceiling? I'd do recessed lights if you can. Focus on the main work areas (over the sink, over the stove, etc). If you don't want to do cans, do a major light fixture but do under cabinet lighting as well. When you have just one big light source, you end up blocking out all the light because you're standing between it and the workspace. If you end up having to do fluorescent, use something that has a higher color temperature, like 3000 K. It'll keep your white cabinets from looking green and will make food look more appealing.

I like having privacy in my kitchen, mostly because I'm in my bathrobe while I'm making my coffee in the morning and I don't want the neighbors to see! If privacy isn't an issue, then removing the shutter is fine. Replacing the chandelier over the dining table is a good idea. Maybe aim for the same type/look of metal you used for your cabinet hardware to give it some continuity?
    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 12:11PM
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I don't know what's inside the drop ceiling...I would really like to lift it up and yes, I like the idea of canned lighting along the sides and them a nice fixture in the middle.

We don't have rear neighbors and the window looks out to a beautiful view, plus I was thinking removing the shutters could help everything look more fluid. Also good idea for the chandelier didn't think of matching the cabinet hardware to the fixture but that makes sense :) ty
    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 6:13PM
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The L.A. Lady
Well then yes, I'd remove the shutters. Even with them open they can block the nice natural light. Wood floors are going to look great in there. Post pics when you're done!
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