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Light up that Kitchen Island!

May 21st, 2010 | No comments

So you have an island in your kitchen; lucky you. Now for the hard part: making that island work for you by complementing your kitchen while standing out as a center-piece at the same time.

The secret to completing a well-designed kitchen in style is appropriate lighting. In particular, additional light fixtures should be installed directly above the island to make this area a focal point. Furthermore, by incorporating material form kitchen cabinets or accessories, the island will stand out as a fashion statement that is truly contemporary or modern.

On a practical note, adequate lighting also allows the island to be used as a practical working area. In terms of focus, if your island carries a different shade form the rest of the kitchen, you would want to use recess lighting or lamps hanging from shorter cords.

Now that you are convinced of the importance of illuminating your island, the next step is to select an appropriate light fixture. Here are a couple of guidelines:

  • Go for a colour that complements your countertop.
  • Choose a fixture that replicates the shape of your door handles
  • A fixture resembling the finish of a faucet or hinge
  • The general rule of thumb is to capture the overall mood of the kitchen

Further pointers for Modern Kitchens

If your kitchen is sleek and modernistic, complement your island with minimalist lights that hang from short cords. If lighting with wide coverage is desired, opt for delicate lights that split off in three directions. If the kitchen is generally neutral coloured, inject some energy into the space with a bold coloured glass lamp.

Further pointers for Traditional Kitchens

If your kitchen is traditional with rich cabinets and granite countertops, traditional lighting is the way to go. Think chandeliers in warm copper or bronze tones to soften the kitchen’s details. Curving metal arms and colours matching your wood cabinets or countertops can also add elegance to your kitchen.

Source:

http://interiordesign.lovetoknow.com/Kitchen_Island_Light_Fixtures

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