How To Get That Dream Kitchen Look On The Cheap

Many people don’t realize that most of the difference between their modest and possibly slightly dull looking kitchen and the stunning kitchens that feature in glossy magazines is largely due to lighting. In fact there’s every chance that your own humdrum kitchen is actually better quality than the “designer” ones in the photographs.

How so? Well it’s because the one in the pictures is usually a set not a real kitchen. The whole thing is mostly fake, but if no one can see the chipboard or spot that the delicious looking fruit is just that – delicious “looking” and plastic – then who’s to say it’s not what it “appears” to be? Designer looks are a bit like beauty in that respect – entirely in the eye of the beholder.

So how do you apply this idea to lift your own kitchen? It’s simple really. Borrow the same kitchen lighting tricks that the professionals use when they’re creating that dream kitchen look. Lighting can first of all bring certain things to the fore and make others recede into the background, thereby arranging the overall composition and promoting key features.

The other principal use of lighting in the kitchen (or indeed most rooms in the home) is to bring out colors already present. For example, directing spotlights at surfaces such a wood or terracotta will create warm and muted hues; the exact same spot lights aimed at say chrome utensils or white tiles will conversely deliver a much cooler, crisper look. To enhance this effect even more you could consider using LED kitchen lighting which is on the whole much brighter.

So where should you actually place your kitchen lights for best effect? The simple answer is “wherever they deliver the best effect” but for most folk there are certain zones where you really cannot go wrong. These are beneath wall cabinets, suspended low over key areas such as an island or table, and angled towards main features.

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