Three Common Kitchen Lighting Mistakes

Are you making these three common kitchen lighting mistakes? A kitchen has many moving parts and if you are renovating your kitchen you will have a lot of decisions to make. Lighting is often considered last, after the fabulous counters and high-tech appliances. If you avoid these three common kitchen lighting mistakes your lighting will work for you, not against you.

{The antique brass finish ties all of the kitchen light fixtures together. From:  Home Bunch .}

{The antique brass finish ties all of the kitchen light fixtures together. From: Home Bunch.}

Three common kitchen lighting mistakes:

1. Matching all of you lighting fixtures. I get it, you find a fixture for over your kitchen table and it has matching pendants and sconces so you are tempted to buy those and check lighting off your list, right? Don’t do it.

Using matching lighting in your kitchen is overkill. It doesn’t look curated and shows no imagination (and I know you have an imagination!). Instead, find lighting that complements each other. A similar finish, similar shapes or a color that ties all of the lighting together are great ways to show off your lighting creativity.

{Coordinated, but not matching, kitchen lighting. Design by  Candice Olson .}

{Coordinated, but not matching, kitchen lighting. Design by Candice Olson.}

2. Placing overhead lights in shadow zones. Filling your kitchen ceiling with tons of recessed lights not only clutters up your ceiling, it isn’t necessarily the smart way to light a working space. If you place a recessed light over the walk ways around the perimeter of you cabinets you will block those lights when you stand at the stove or sink and want to SEE what you’re doing. The lights are now behind you and not serving any function.

Instead, place small recessed lights right over your sink so the light shines ON your work space. Under cabinet lights will light you countertops so you can see what’s happening there.

3. Hanging pendants too high. Pendant lights offer the best of both worlds in lighting—form and function. If you hang them too high they aren’t doing either very well. If they are too high they won’t be seen at eye level and the light will be so far from the surface that it won’t do much good.

As a guide the bottom of your pendant lights should be about 6 feet above your floor, or about 3 feet above your countertop. This makes the lights a part of your space.

I hope these lighting tips help you avoid common kitchen lighting mistakes in your home.