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What are the best ways to enhance my kitchen lighting?

What are the best ways to enhance my kitchen lighting?

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Most home owners don't really get an opportunity to do a whole lot of rewiring. Despite this, lighting features have been one of my favourite aspects that normally get overlooked. Don't you just love those gorgeous low hanging lights used at the kitchen table? It's a really effective feature and one that I think is the most stylish way to make your kitchen look more like a diner. Going out and seeing how professionals do it in restaurants and hotels is probably a good idea!

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Really though, I've come to learn that kitchen lighting isn't just about electric installations. Kitchen's almost always have windows, and turning these into features seems to be the best starting point. Investing in a nice set of venetian blinds or shutters is one of the easiest ways to control lighting in a room. I think people overlook natural light a lot when it comes to the kitchen. It can change the whole room dynamic by softening harsh colours or shading others.

The trick really seems to be having a lot of different lighting options in your kitchen. While trendy over-the-table lighting can look very stylish and retro, it's not always that effective when you're trying to chop up some carrots! So style doesn't always outweigh function. If you eat in your kitchen too though, adding some extra options for feature lighting is always going to be stylish. Lighting under the shelving makes things feel more ambient as well as brightening up the surfaces when preparing food of course. Lighting in glass cabinets also looks stylish when you're main lights are off.stylish ideas tips kitchen renovation

In a kitchen you're always going to want a lot of light. It's much safer that way after all! So if you do get the opportunity to do a proper reinstallation, it's probably wise to upgrade your lighting too, with some bright and energy efficient halogen lights or LEDs installed in the ceiling to make sure that the room can be flooded with light when you need it to be. It might not be the most stylish approach, but at least you'll be able to see the rest of your stylish design clearly!

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