Updating your kitchen can be stressful. One aspect
that always needs to be remembered in your update is
lighting. It may be an afterthought after your
selection of cabinets and appliances, but it should
play a key factor in your remodel.
Lighting typically falls into three categories: overall,
task and decorative lighting. Overall or ambient lighting
is used to illuminate an entire space. Task lighting is used to
light a specific work area. An example of task lighting is
under cabinet lighting. Decorative lighting is commonly used
when highlighting a certain item.
For me, lighting is a vital part of a remodel. Once you
have selected your cabinets and counters, choose your
lighting! A beautiful light fixture could act as the focal
point in the room and starting your lighting search should
There are many online stores to choose from, but
one of my favorites is lampsplus.com. The site is easy
to peruse, and has a large selection of products. They
also offer a feature where you can select a piece by room.
Locally, if homeowners are in the market for new lighting,
they should visit the Marketplace Design Center. Some of
the showrooms at the design center offer lighting, in addition
to other home furnishings. It is located at 2400 Market Street,
Philadelphia and they have consumer shopping hours,
Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm.
Choosing lighting for a home can be overwhelming, but
with these ideas in mind, a client can narrow down what they
need and truly focus on the piece they want.