When it comes to kitchen light fixtures, a lot can go wrong — proportions that don’t quite work or a style that doesn’t mesh with the rest of the space. Despite the challenges, choosing light fixtures doesn’t have to be a total guessing game.
To help you complete your dream kitchen without the headaches of light fixture uncertainties, the designers of Sneak Peek Design have pulled together a list of dos and don’ts to keep in mind while designing.
While it might seem impossible to nail down the right pendant or chandelier, there is definitely a perfect fit out there — you just have to know how to find it!
DO – Mix & Match
Are you drawn more to completely predictable and replicable kitchen designs on your Pinterest feed, or do you light up when seeing something unusual?
People fear using multiple fixture finishes or unexpected silhouettes. We are here to say that it is 100% okay — and encouraged — to mix and match! The key to mixing and matching is to keep things part of the larger design aesthetic.
For instance, if you are going to opt for a row of brass pendants in an otherwise stainless steel-filled kitchen, make sure to add a few brass elements elsewhere in the room. This helps the eye make a visual connection throughout the entire space.
Similarly, if you want to play with a few different fixture shapes and styles, they should work together and play off of each other’s unique qualities. Ultimately, you need everything to work together – even if it is a collection of completely individual lighting choices.
DO – Use Fixtures to Highlight Key Features
Lighting acts as a tool to bring special details to life. Consider exactly what you want to focus on and choose a fixture that feels like a perfect match within the space.
For instance, if your kitchen has a view of a lake, you will want to keep the view unobstructed. Choose light fixtures that are light and airy, with little visual weight — a few glass bulb pendants are the perfect solution.
DO – Go for Unique Pieces
Unique light fixtures have a big impact on the overall vibe of your kitchen. Big-box hardware stores are convenient places to purchase a fixture but the choices may leave you feeling “meh” about your overall design.
Your kitchen should feel like you – and topping off a totally unique space with a mass-produced light fixture can instantly tank your mood. Try looking outside of your usual décor haunts, and when in doubt, ask your designer for industry recommendations.
DON’T – Choose a Fixture Without Properly Measuring
Proportions are everything in design. Always measure your space and double check your dimensions, to ensure that you’re working within the confines of your space.
A smaller, more intimate kitchen will need fixtures that are sleek and unobtrusive. A larger, more open kitchen can accommodate an oversized piece or two. The goal is to create a balanced, cohesive kitchen.
DON’T – Purchase a Fixture Outside the Room’s Aesthetic
It is important to keep a light fixture’s style within the kitchen’s aesthetic. A neutral kitchen is best served with an unassuming fixture that blends with the rest of the room. would be overtaken by an overly intricate blown glass fixture in a bright red.
Alternatively, if your kitchen is filled with modern style and clean lines, if you opt for a fixture that screams “traditional,” it can feel like everything is in disarray.
Choose a fixture that goes with the look you desire, and we promise everything will come together seamlessly.
DON’T – Choose a Fixture Unless You Love It
Finally, it’s absolutely essential to remind you to wait to purchase a light fixture that you love. Don’t settle for what everyone is buying just because it’s popular or it saves you from having to search for your ideal light.
Instead, remember that it’s always better to hold off on finishing that design until you get it completely right – it’s something you’ll be looking at every single day, and if you aren’t head over heels for it (or worse – if you hate it every time you walk in the room), then you’ll only make yourself miserable and waste time and money having to buy and reinstall the one you actually like at a later time.
Follow these dos and don’ts and before you know it, your space will feel exactly the way you always imagined it to be. Cheers to your remodel adventures – we can’t wait to see what you do!
Sneak Peek Design is an award-winning Interior Design studio based in the Twin Cities, offering both local full-service design and eDesign services. The team at Sneak Peek helps you to find your style and to visualize and create new spaces for your home. Carla Bast is the founder of Sneak Peek Design. She is an award-winning designer creating distinctive and personalized living spaces in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and beyond. For over 19 years, she has been designing homes throughout the Twin Cities and nationwide. Carla’s work is featured in Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, Spaces Magazine, Twin Cities Luxury + Fashion Magazine, and The StarTribune. She has recieved awards from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine. As a member of ASID’s Minnesota chapter, Carla has served as the Programs Committee Chair and served on the Board of Directors as Professional Development Director. In her spare time, she enjoys her growing family, boating and traveling.
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