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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Giving Your Kitchen a Lighting Makeover

If you’re like many homeowners, you probably wish you could give your kitchen a good update. Of course, kitchen remodels can be pricey, so that’s not always a possibility. However, there’s one relatively inexpensive improvement you could make that will make a huge difference to the usability and beauty of your kitchen: upgraded lighting.

Changing up your lighting can make it easier to see your workspace, enhance the existing beauty of your kitchen and give the room a refreshed look and feel. If you think this might be a good way to change up your kitchen, read on for our top tips:

  1. Consider your workspaces. One of our favorite ways to make cooking a little easier is to install undercabinet lighting above your workspaces. This task lighting makes it easier to chop, measure and mix, and it takes advantage of space you’re probably not using. Don’t overlook your workspaces that aren’t countertops, though: If you have a kitchen island, task lighting would be especially important here, too.
  2. Add your personality. A fun pendant light can add some flair to your kitchen, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Look around at used furniture stores or Ikea for a great deal on a light that fits your style and décor.
  3. Use dimmer switches. While you might need bright light while you’re preparing a meal, a softer light is nice for serving food or eating a romantic meal. Choose fixtures and bulbs that allow for dimming, and choose a dimmer switch that fits with your décor.
  4. Trust yourself. It’s easy to second-guess your choices when it comes to changing up an important part of your home, but at the end of the day, it’s your home, and your opinions matter the most. Look for light fixtures that you like and that produce enough light for the room, and you’re sure to be happy.

Have any questions about updating your kitchen with new lighting? Leave us a comment and we’ll try to help you out!

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