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Unique Light Styles to Choose for Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

So, you’ve decided to do a bit of kitchen remodeling for your home. There’s a lot you must pinpoint when it comes to the design. For instance, if you’re doing a complete overhaul, then you must determine which materials you’ll use for your countertops, floors, and cabinetry.

And while these are some of the more obvious areas of the kitchen that you redecorate, there’s another commonly overlooked fixture – the lights.

Now, you can choose to opt for simple replacements or you can go as far as to make additions. You’ll find that there are plenty of different light fixture styles to choose from, which is great.

In this quick guide, we’ll go over some of the options you have available. Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding of your choices, so you can make a more informed decision.

Recessed Lights for Your Kitchen Remodel

kitchen with recessed lighting

Recessed lights are quite popular among homeowners because they offer a sleek look. It’s the ideal lighting system to add to a kitchen with a modern design.

What’s also attractive about recessed lights is the fact they don’t take up much space. Yet, if you install enough of them in the right areas, you can really light up your cooking space.

Illumination is everything in the kitchen, especially if you have prep areas, such as an island. An expert designer can help you figure out the best areas to place your recessed lights.

Homeowners that want lights that are practically invisible will find recessed lights to be an optimal choice. About 90% of the light is invisible. The only thing you can see are the trim, lens, and bulb.

Side Lights Offer an Intriguing Light-wash Effect

kitchen with side lights

Here’s another lighting idea for those designing modern kitchens. You’ll find that side lights are a great addition if you’re looking for a light-washed look. These styles of lights are placed in notches along the wall.

The light shines downward versus outward, which gives the floors more shine than the rest of the room. However, this doesn’t take away from the lights ability to illuminate the space.

This is a great idea for those looking for secondary lights for setting the mood during a romantic dinner. However, if this isn’t really your style, then consider installing side lights on the ceiling.

This will give you excellent indirect ambient lighting. If you’re into the hidden light look, then you’ll like that these are even more hidden than recessed lights (95%). All you can see is the trim. The lens, bulb, and body are all invisible in this set up.

The downside to using these lights on your walls is that it’s eating up valuable wall space you could otherwise use for cabinetry and shelves.

Tray Ceiling Lights for Seductive Lighting

kitchen with tray lights

Ambient lights can really set the mood but in a kitchen setting it gives a dreamy cottage-home feel. The soft lighting is excellent for entertaining guests. Tray ceiling lights are sometimes even decorated with Christmas string lights.

It’s a clever lighting system you can use in many ways for your kitchen remodeling project. To make this design work, you’ll need a contractor that can build open air soffits above your walls.

Then rope lighting is installed into the soffits to shower ambient light upon your cooking space. A small gap is left to allow light to shine through. It’s not a complicated system, nor is it expensive. Yet, it offers a luxurious appeal for modern kitchen designs.

And what’s even better about tray lights is that 100% of the light is invisible. The only downside here is the money you’ll have to spend to have the trays built by a professional.

Recessed Floor Lights for Contemporary Kitchen Remodel

Recessed lights are the bee’s knees. But how far will you go with them in your kitchen remodel? If you’re looking to add even more fixtures for enhanced lighting, then why not go with recessed floor lights?

This is a unique way to add an ambient effect during romantic dinners and dinner dates with your friends. It’s something you’d want to use during special occasions, since they offer more of an effect, than pure illumination.

Guaranteed, you’ll get more than a few compliments from your guests when they see this set up.

Keep in mind this may not be doable in your kitchen depending on the model and design of your home. It’s better to do this in a new-construction property. Otherwise, it can be rather difficult to retrofit them.

Drop Ceiling Soffit Lights for a Unique Design

kitchen with hanging ceiling soft lights
Next, we have another rare kitchen lighting design you can implement into your kitchen remodeling project. You won’t find this used in many homes, which gives you a great way to make your kitchen stand out.

To pull this off, though, you’ll need ample ceiling height to accommodate the hanging lights. You can either choose a dropped soffit with hidden lights or exposed lights, up to you.

Those looking for hidden light styles will love the fact these fixtures are 100% hidden. It offers a soft ambient light that’s perfect for contemporary kitchens.

Hire a Professional for Your Kitchen Remodel

The lights are only one aspect of your kitchen renovation. You’re going to need expert help for the installation of all your fixtures and materials you buy from the remodel.

At Fairfax Kitchen and Bath, we have a team of licensed, bonded, and insured contractors that can both fabricate and install the products for your renovation. We sell beautiful stone countertops, backsplashes, tile, hardwood, faucets, and sinks.

You can visit our local showroom to see our products in person. You can also give us a call to get started with your free estimate for product fabrication and installation.

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