Factors To Consider For Kitchen Lighting

Changing your kitchen lighting can also be a way for you to improve the look of your kitchen without having to spend too much money. By changing the lighting in the room you can highlight certain areas such as the counters or kitchen cabinets, as well as make a nice romantic nook for a late night snack. There is no end to the possibilities when you decide to upgrade the lighting in your kitchen.

Where do you start?

In the kitchen, it is important that certain areas have enough light such as the sink, the area where you work to make the meals and the dining area. If you are looking for mood lighting, you can install lights under your cabinets or even inside them so that finding that all important ingredients is easier. Before you make any changes, take a look around the kitchen and decide where you would like more accent and more light.

When you are ready to go shopping for new kitchen lighting, it is wise to take a picture of the room along with you to the store. This will help you to decide if the lighting or fixtures you choose will blend well with your décor.

If your kitchen is large, you might think about installing track lighting. This can give your kitchen a modern feel as well as an abundance of light. Using a dimmer switch in conjunction with track lighting can allow you to change the setting making it as bright as you would like, and then when dinner is through, you can lower the lights giving the room a more relaxed feel.

 

Lighting the Cabinets

Using lighting in or around your cabinets can make a dramatic statement. If your cabinets are made of plexi-glass or any other see through material, it can make your cabinets a focal point of the room. A more practical approach to cabinets and lighting is to place lighting beneath the cabinets to add a little flair. You can light underneath your cabinets with cost conscious plug-ins or battery operated fixtures.
Common Mistakes

It is important that you choose proper lighting for your needs. Many people fail to ask those who are experienced and knowledgeable about lighting their advice and in turn can have some great lighting that creates a blanket of light, but does nothing to illuminate the area where you will be doing most of the preparation for the meal. If you are not familiar with any aspect of lighting, you would be well advised to speak to an expert before you make any final decisions.

Take a trip to your local lighting store and be sure you bring pictures of your current kitchen. If you are doing a full remodeling, explain the changes that you expect the kitchen to have and ask about the best sources of light for each area.

You will also have to factor in how much space there is between the ceilings and your cabinets and how tall the ceiling is. Other factors that may influence your lighting choices are the size of the room and where the doors are located.

 

Taste is Important Too

You may want a new chandelier over the dining area and perhaps track lighting over the sink. It is important to purchase lighting that you will be happy with for a long time and blends well with the rest of the décor. If your kitchen is French Country and you choose a modern lighting option, it will give the room an imbalanced feel.

It is also not recommended that you simply choose the latest fads in kitchen lighting. Fads fade fast, but you will be stuck with your kitchen lighting for many years. Choosing kitchen lighting that is easy on the eyes and pretty to see can be a tough job. If you do your research and ask the experts, you will save your valuable time. Doing a lot of comparison shopping when it comes to kitchen lighting can save you money too. It has never been easier to compare prices since the advent of the internet. You can practically do all your research and shopping from home using your computer or if you prefer, go to a lighting store and see what they have available.

Kitchen Cabs Direct is an expert at kitchen lighting.  We know how to accentuate all of the positive parts of your kitchen by using the right lighting and making sure that it is angled in the proper way.

Choosing The Right Fireplace

Now that we have entered fall in New Jersey, the cold weather and winter is on the way.  On a cold winter night there’s nothing like cuddling up in front of a fire with a loved one. The warmth from fireplaces are welcome on chilly days, and the scent of the burning wood adds a cozy ambiance to a home. Fireplaces make great gathering spots and many families enjoy lounging around the fireplace in the evenings to talk or watch television together.

Fireplaces are also attractive and add character to a home. A beautiful fireplace can be the focal point of a room, or the homeowner might choose to downplay the fireplace. Fireplaces designs should complement the style of the room. A fireplace covered in floral designs will look out of place in a room decorated in a sleek, modern style. Thought should also be given to the size of the fireplace, since a large fireplace will overpower a small room and a tiny fireplace will get lost in a cavernous room. There are many different fireplaces designs and styles to choose from to accentuate a room and express the homeowner’s personality, and we’ll discuss a few popular options.

Brick fireplaces

Bricks are a traditional choice for fireplaces designs. Beautiful, functional and easy to replace, bricks add a homey, old-fashioned feel to a room. Aging brick fireplaces can be spruced up with a coat of paint. While any bricks can be used for the surround, only firebricks should be used in the firebox.

Marble and Granite

Granite and marble are popular materials used in today’s fireplaces designs. Granite fireplaces are handsome, durable and easy to clean. There are a number of different colors of granite fireplace designs to coordinate with a room’s décor. Marble fireplaces are elegant and lovely and can add a sophisticated touch to a home. Some marble fireplaces are elaborately carved with beautiful designs.

Tile

Tiled fireplaces designs can add a splash of fun and color to the fireplace. The tiles can cover the surround of the fireplace and can be chosen in a variety of designs. For a romantic room filled with lace you might choose tiles featuring pretty floral patterns, while tiles with brightly colored geometric shapes might better suit a contemporary style room. Tile can also be used to cover the brick and give a new look to an older mantel that is past its prime.

Outdoor fireplace

Many homeowners are installing outdoor fireplaces designs. Outdoor fireplaces can turn an ordinary deck or patio into something special. With patio furniture such as comfortable chairs and a dining table and chairs, the patio becomes an additional living space, ideal for entertaining friends and family. The outdoor fireplace can make the space a great place to spend time on cool summer nights, chilly spring and fall days and even in the winter.

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