Thursday, October 17, 2013

Contemporary Modern Lighting: Pendants in the Kitchen

Have you been considering redecorating your kitchen, but you do not want to spend a lot of money on the construction costs? Why not redo your kitchen lights as of now, particularly the ones over the island? This is a great way to express your design style. Just as re-painting a room brighten up a space, so can lighting. It transforms the kitchen room from uninviting and dull to cheerful and bright. You can find contemporary modern lighting in all sizes, shapes and designs, and they can easily be incorporated into your existing d├ęcor.

Remember that the kitchen is where guests mix and mingle. While you might want your kitchen to have an aesthetic appeal, make sure that you also consider practicality and functionality to best serve your kitchen needs. If you considering this option, pay attention to the size of the lights. For kitchen islands, the norm is three pendant lights. This creates a beautiful balance. Here are more tips to help you out.

  • For a small kitchen with a small island, go with two pendant lights instead of three for the best look. This creates a more cohesive and complementary look. You do not have to necessarily follow the rules; you can make exceptions for special cases.
  • Ensure that the mounted lights are high enough to not hinder your movements. Here’s a tip: hang them at least 40 inches above the kitchen island.
  • If you have modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances, metallic pendants like the Geometry Mini Pendant by Kenroy Home will look wonderful in it.

  • One of today’s more popular decorating trends when it comes to pendant lights is the industrial look. This style can be found in various metals like brass, copper and stainless. The Harbour Mini Pendant by Kenroy Home is one fine example.

  • A tip to make your pendant lights both interesting and beautiful is to hand one large pendant over the island to create a focal point in your kitchen. Choose something attention-grabbing like the Medusa Oversize Multi Light Pendant by Nuevo Living and you have created an area that is simple, chic and modern.

  • Pendant lights give a lot of illumination, so you might want to consider installing dimmers that will give you just the right amount of glow, whether for intimate dinners or social gatherings.
  • For task lighting, pick a pendant that is open at the top so the light underneath is not too harsh. For general lighting, evenly space pendants over the work area.
  • To avoid circles of too-bright light, consider getting a pendant with a semi-opaque bulb or one with a light diffuser. A pendant with a dimmer switch should be a great mood setter.

Dimmable, energy-efficient and long-lasting light bulbs are available in a wide range of attractive styles. Choose the bulb that best suits your lighting purposes for the pendant. Intensity and color influence the effectiveness of the light and the mood of the kitchen, whether its purpose is accent, task or overall lighting.

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