In the kitchen, all aspects of lighting are important.
In the kitchen, all aspects of lighting are important. It’s not just about being able to cook dinner with adequate illumination, but also having a space that is inviting and conducive for entertaining friends. To achieve this balance, it can be helpful to think in terms of Ambient Lighting (general or overall light), Task-Specific Lights (for cooking tasks like precise cutting) and Accentual Lighting (to provide additional focus).
“In a nutshell, ambient lights create a general ambience for all tasks (or moods), task areas such as over an island countertop where food prep occurs most often; accent lights highlighting beautiful workmanship on cabinets and other architectural features of the room”
There’s more to these features than just their mere functional description which we will explore at length in this guide.
Clearly, all luxury home kitchen designs require the right level of lighting for various purposes. A layered approach incorporates all three types, which helps to minimize shadows and glare often seen in a kitchen from exclusive use of overhead or task-specific light sources – respectively.