Most people renovating their kitchen focus on the kitchen itself (cabinets, appliances, etc.) which is OK naturally, however you should also take under consideration that lighting is very important to enhance the style and atmosphere you are aiming for. Your kitchen lighting is as important as it is in the bathroom or office. If you have lots of natural light in your kitchen that is wonderful but not enough to complete the design, assist you while you are cooking or enhance the beauty of the kitchen.
First of all, you need to recognize your busiest working spaces. it could be where you do preparations or above the coffee station/ wine cooler. All these areas must have good lighting for your comfort and practicality. You should also visit a lighting store where you can get an idea of what the market has to offer. Brands, styles, materials, etc. And see what can work for you.
AMBIENT (or general) lighting - this is the most basic of all three kinds of lighting, it is the light coming from the windows and the regular lighting most people use such as a chandelier, or recessed ceiling light. this is the primary lighting for every home.
TASK lighting - this will be located right above your working space, as its name- its the light you need to perform a task- this will be the "functional" light, some will use fluorescent due to its low-energy benefits or halogen bulbs due to its softness.
ACCENT lighting - such as track lighting will focus on a particular area or object, The brighter light from the accent lamp creates visual interest to a room that will add dimension and depth.
For perfect lighting, you will need all three, AMBIENT, TASK and ACCENT. This will complete and complement your design choices.
1. Glass-front cabinets will receive a glamorous luxurious look with suitable lighting, the same goas for open shelving.
2. Under counter lighting- are a great example of TASK lighting. practical and helpful when you open a dark drawer and unable to see inside.
3. Toe kick light- toe kick will be located at the bottom of the cabinets and will be great as a night light not to mention it will illuminate the floor and give the kitchen a chic stylish look.
If your kitchen is a part of an open space concept, also consider how the kitchen lighting will affect the rest of the room and how to combine it with the style and design of it.