There are many benefits of having a kitchen island. It serves as a central point to chop, store, eat, and also have some interesting morning conversations. Also, it saves the space that a dining table would have otherwise occupied. And let's face it, sometimes, we're just too lazy to take all the food out to the table, so we end up eating right there, at the island. There's one thing about the island that plays an important role in how useful it can be. It is the lighting placement and design. So, in this article, are some ideas on kitchen lighting, that you can use, in case you're not happy with your current one.
Ideas to Light Up your Kitchen Island
There are myriad options that you can explore to give your kitchen a bright and shiny new look. A few of them have been discussed below. You can read them and figure out which one suits your kitchen and your style the best.
If you're the no-frills type and don't want to go overboard with the island lighting, then you can opt for the simple ideas mentioned here. First measure the entire length of the island in your kitchen. Then, divide the length by the number of lights you want. Once the number is decided, go on to the market and pick up simple bright bulbs and wires. Now, get an electrician to just hang them in plain glass cases, at equal distances, right above the counter. Or, you can have a single huge dome light hanging right at the center of the island. You have a simple, cost-effective, and bright lighting idea for your island.
If you're in the mood for something more fancy with an elegant tough to it, then you can go in for something that has an antique Victorian look about it. Visit your local hardware store and browse through some light fixtures that have a European touch. Many companies have some exquisitely designed fixtures molded in wrought iron or any other metal. With these fixtures, you can have small lights in an encased white frosted glass holder or you can go for colored glass, which will give a colorful glow to your kitchen.
If your style is more modern and contemporary, then here are some ideas that you can use. Keep the fixtures and handles simple, but splurge on the lights. Choose pendant lights, which are the latest rage in kitchen décor. Or go in for shapes like squares, orbs, hexagons, cubes, cylinders, etc., to add a touch of finesse and, at the same time, give your kitchen a seemingly casual, yet sophisticated look. The best option would be bright LED lights for these designs.
You can use kitchen remodeling as an excuse to explore your creativity. For some creative and fun ideas, you can try out the ones mentioned here. Buy some clear or milky light bulbs and try out some nice and colorful glass painting designs and patterns on them. Hang them and watch the colorful lights bounce off the walls and appliances. Another thing you can do to make the island the very obvious focal point of your kitchen is to try out chandelier lighting. Nothing says 'look at me!' like a gorgeous chandelier hanging right in the center of a room! You can also have the traditional lamps which resemble lanterns to give your kitchen an old-time, country feel to it.
Use any of the lighting ideas mentioned above and your kitchen will definitely look brighter and stylish at the same time.