Important Kitchen Interior Design Components & How to Tie Them All Together… Part 2: Kitchen Lighting

As discussed this week on the Pete and Brenda radio show…  This article is the second in a series that address kitchen interior design components that are important to consider if you are planning to remodel/update or build a new kitchen.     

Lighting:    Lighting especially above your kitchen islands and/or eating nook is a very important area not to be overlooked.   Lighting above your kitchen island in particular  is another area that you can remodel as an incremental step, without having to tackle your entire kitchen.   Your kitchen island lighting can be unique to the rest of the kitchen lighting where you can incorporate unique chandeliers, pendant lights, one-of-a-kind lighting pieces made by artists or you!   The photos below help to demonstrate the impact of unique lighting in a kitchen…    

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Street of Dreams Kitchen, Portland, OR

Above:  Lighting makes a huge splash in this kitchen
Above:  The importance of kitchen lighting
Above Photo Source: Traditional Home
Above:  White traditional kitchen by Gail Drury
Under cabinet lighting is a great way to add ambience while adding functional task lighting at the same time.   The key is to have different control switches and dimmers for the various lighting, so that it’s not all on at full-force, or off.

Photo courtesy of DIY Network












Below:   Originally the dining fixture was going to match the pendant lamps above the counter, however my supplier shipped two styles, and our design team all agreed that the chandelier below was the one to use even though it didn’t match the pendant lights.   It is a large scale, beautifully made chandelier by Quoizel that adds a huge “wow” factor when one walks into the room…   

Notice the under the counter lighting











Money saving tip:  Learn how to install the fixtures yourself.   Replacing fixtures where the hard wiring already exists is easier than you may think, especially with all the great instructional tips available.  Here’s a great resource for step-by-step  directions.   

Kitchen light, pot racks:  These are a great feature over kitchen islands especially, as long as you have enough space in your kitchen.  There is a big range in pricing, such as the fixtures below which range from $200 – $1,200… 

This rustic country style from the Kalco Ponderosa Collection starts around $1,200.


This two light pot rack can be found at Target for $202










This pot rack can be found for around $400


Next  week we’ll discuss… To backsplash or not to backsplash, as well as tying it all together, in the kitchen that is.   

One Response to “Important Kitchen Interior Design Components & How to Tie Them All Together… Part 2: Kitchen Lighting”
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