Let your kitchen see the light

Is your kitchen in need of a revamp? New appliances and counter space might be high on the list, but popular trends in finish-outs and appliances are also impacting kitchen lighting choices. And a look at trending tastes indicate that kitchen design is once again trending toward the contemporary side. Homeowners with previously traditional taste are looking for more transitional products or moving toward more contemporary design with functional – and aesthetic applications.

Countertops impact lighting

While granite is still used in entry- and mid-level homes, most highest-end countertops are now quartz-based, particularly with a matte finish, also sometimes called suede, honed or leathered. The matte-finish trend alleviates the tricky business of providing adequate illumination in kitchens without causing glare from glossy countertops that have been popular for the past decade.

Dark appliances need light

The use of black stainless appliances is on the rise, which eliminates unsightly fingerprints, but creates the need for additional light in the surrounding space. Black stainless has lower reflectance than white or stainless steel appliances, making the room appear darker; the trend toward more involved backsplash materials makes lighting even more important.

Tall ceilings, taller fixtures

Over the past 15 or so years, ceiling heights have become higher with nine feet becoming the accepted minimum height. It is now common for North American homes to have ceilings 10 to 12 feet high. That means taller sconces and taller chandeliers are necessary to fill the additional space.

In addition to taller ceilings, centre islands are have also increased in size. The tiny, mini-pendants are now being replaced with larger, taller pendants.

Before jumping into a kitchen renovation, it’s best to design a lighting plan to make sure your fixtures are the right size and style for your new space. Consider procuring the services of a professional lighting consultant who can work with you to develop a plan and provide the most-up-to-date lighting styles and technology.

Need help finding the right lighting for your home or next renovation project? The Merenda Real Estate team can help. Contact us today for consultation or quotes.