Lighting does more than help you see in your home. It also adds to the style and feel of the space. Whatever room you’re remodeling, you should carefully plan the lighting elements to enhance the room. Here are some things to consider as you remodel or just update different rooms.
When you begin your kitchen remodel, don’t think that you can leave lighting to the end. In fact, it needs to be planned from the very beginning of your kitchen remodel in case an electrician needs access to the walls before they’re covered in cabinets or tile. A few of the more popular lighting options you should consider include:
- Recessed lighting – the most common today is can lighting. They provide a great deal of better light than florescent lighting of days past. Plus, you can put in as many as you’d like throughout the space.
- Undercabinet lighting – whether you choose to put undercabinet lighting below your upper cabinets, lower cabinets or both, undercabinet lighting ads a nice touch to the space.
- Pendant lighting – most common over an island or cooktop, pendant lighting is available in different styles and sizes that compliments any style well.
- Accent lighting – accent lighting often goes above the cabinets behind crown molding and provides a soft glow in the kitchen.
Depending on the size of your bathroom, you may just have lights above the vanity or, in larger spaces, recessed lighting as well. Don’t dismiss undercabinet lighting. It’s a great way to have light in the bathroom at night or while you’re relaxing in the tub. Wall sconces also provide a nice uplight if you want some softer light.
Whether you’re eating in the dining room or in the kitchen, you probably want a chandelier of some sort over your table. However, today we have many options from Tiffany style for a casual space or more traditional and formal options. However, don’t discount having pendant lights over a buffet table or even an eat in kitchen table.
Entryways and Hallways
Although recessed lighting is common in new construction because it’s affordable and suits any style, if you’re remodeling or planning a custom build, consider wall sconces and, if the ceiling height allows, chandeliers. You can turn a bland and boring space into a space with style.
As you start planning your remodel, whether it’s to a kitchen, bathroom, or your whole home, don’t discount how lighting plays an important part in both function and style of your space. If you don’t have a home remodeler yet, trust a NARI member to provide you with not only exceptional design but also a perfectly finished space.