February 05, 2013
If there's one space in the home where room design geared toward large windows and plenty of natural light is imperative, it's the kitchen. Kitchens depend on stylish aesthetics, but they're inherently functional rooms - places where you cook and eat the majority of your meals. You don't need to be a gourmand either to understand how important good lighting is to the cooking process. Artisanal meals or a casserole, whatever you're making requires attention and a degree of precision. So when it comes to lightening up the kitchen, what's the best way to do it? Consider these tips.
Get hardwood flooring When you think of excellent lighting, your mind might not jump to flooring materials. But Anderson Floors has been in the business for over half a century and understands the often subtle effects that the right flooring can have on a room's illumination. Consider the Mountain collection - even the name bespeaks fresh air and bright, wide-open vistas! Luckily, the flooring line is just as beautiful. Available in hickory, oak and maple, the engineered boards of the Mountain collection showcase each wood's natural beauty and character via striking mineral streaks, patinas of complex grain patterns and rustic knot holes. With a variety of widths and colors to choose from, you can be certain you'll find the ideal fit for your kitchen.
Expand those windows
There's no light quite as good as the stuff you're getting from the sun. Unfortunately, that's not always forthcoming - especially if you live in a cloudy or rainy environment. Improve your general natural light by installing large windows in your kitchen. You might even want to consider nixing your upper cabinets in favor of extensive lower cabinetry - giving you more access to window space on the outer walls. Skylights are also an excellent idea - scattered around the top of the room, they can shine plenty of light in directly onto your working surfaces, whether that's an island or fridge-side counter space.
Have the necessary backup
Naturally, your kitchen is outfitted with plenty of lamps and overhead lighting. After all, you can't be expected to cook during daylight hours alone! But as efficient as overhead lighting can be (and try full-spectrum bulbs for great light that mimics the sun itself!), sometimes you need a little back up. Under-cabinet lighting or lighting accents around your counter can help you with tasks like chopping and dicing in underlit spots.
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