2009 Showcase Home on Park AlleyTraditional Kitchen, New York
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Kitchen Planning Resolution No. 4: Don't ignore lighting needsAn under-lit kitchen doesn't work well. It needs natural, general and task lighting to function and look its best. Don't relegate lighting to an afterthought. Plan it as part of your kitchen design from the beginning.
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The Rule of Three takes a back seat to scale, always. This kitchen has a smaller island and larger pendants. The two pendants here illuminate the island and they're large enough that three of them would be overwhelming. The amount of light you require and the proportions of the pendants you're using always trumps The Rule of Three or any other rules.
This kitchen gets it right. Look at the soft functional tones of this space. The lighting is warm and effective over head, under cabinets and over the ever-popular island area.Mistake 2. Forgetting task lights in the kitchen. There are many better ways to light the counter, and one of them is to use fluorescent (T5), xenon or LED task lights under the upper cabinets. If your kitchen design lacks upper cabinets over some work surfaces, don’t worry. This is a situation where wall-mounted or ceiling recessed adjustable fixtures with the right lamp make all the difference. Adding several low voltage halogen fixtures with a narrow flood beam distribution and focusing them on the task area will do the trick. Remember to choose your fluorescent or LED color temperature wisely.Find the perfect kitchen island lighting