LAYER THE SOURCES
“AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOUR KITCHEN IS AND FOREMOST A AND SPACE. YOU MUST HAVE LIGHT” ~ JOE SNELL
When the kitchen is a multi-functional zone, as important for dining as it is for food preparation, it’s important to layer your light sources to create mood. “When I’m cooking, I want all the under-cabinet lights to come on so I can see what I’m doing,” says design specialist Dominique McAdam of Provincial Kitchens. “And when we’re having dinner, I want just the lights inside the glass cabinets to create visual appeal.” Practical downlights, up-facing wall lights, cabinet lights and LED strips along the kickboards can all contribute to a beautifully illuminated kitchen. Ensure fittings are independently controlled so you can fine-tune the mood, and position them carefully to avoid odd shadows. Accent lights are a great way to highlight particular design features or artwork on kitchen walls.