I have always been concerned about the cost of home dÃ©cor and that is why I am not really interested in getting into remodeling. Nonetheless, it is my dream to use differentÂ light fixture in such a way to create a comfortable living space. I detest the run-of-the-mill that is so common in homes in my neighbourhood. I prefer something that is more eclectic, stylish and unique. That is why I decided to go withÂ mixing and matching light fixturesÂ in my kitchen to give it a renewed look. This is one aspect of home dÃ©cor that is not very expensive and can bring an instantaneous change to the room.
Different Types of Light-Fixtures
My method of researching light fixtures was actually quite simple. I checked out popular home dÃ©cor websites and other online sites to educate myself about the various light fixtures and how I could mix and match these fixtures to give my kitchen a renewed yet comfortable ambience.
What I found was rather interesting and I think I will never look at lighting the same way again.
- Ambient Lighting: This is a hidden light source that covers the room with a soft glow. It does not create a lot of shadows and has a tendency to flatten interiors. A good example would be wall sconces and paper lanterns and shades. I also found out using a dimmer can help me achieve ambient lighting seamlessly.
- Accent Lighting: As the name suggests, this type of lighting is directional and can add highlights to objects and architecture within the room. Table lamps with opaque shades and halogen spotlights are great examples of accent lighting.
- Task Lighting: This lighting is used to light up the area where you do your daily activities. In my case, it would be around the stove and work table to light up my cooking area to increase clarity. Task lighting has to glare-free to prevent eye fatigue.
- Aesthetic Lighting: I did have decorative elements in my kitchen, so was quite interested in finding out more about aesthetic lighting. I found out that I needed to use aesthetic lighting along with other types of lighting.
Size of the Room
Previously, I had never paid attention to my kitchen size. However, when I started looking at mixing and matching light fixtures, I found out that the size of the kitchen did matter. I couldnât possibly hang a chandelier in a small kitchen or a single pendant lighting in a large kitchen. I would have to synchronize my lighting choices to the kitchen space, so that the lighting enhances the overall look and feel of the kitchen instead of doing the opposite. Furthermore, the fixture placement is dependent on the size of the room.
As a rule of the thumb, there actually is a mathematical formula to calculate the amount of lighting I would require for my kitchen.
Length of the room X width of the room X 1.5 = to the amount of wattage needed to light a room
Once I have the wattage, I can divide it to ensure there is more than sufficient light in my kitchen. This said, kitchens do require bright lighting, both general and task lighting, to ensure they are bright and cheerful.
Deciding on the Fixtures
Now that I knew about theÂ different light fixtureÂ and what each fixture can or cannot do, the next step was deciding what fixtures to use and where. I was keen on mixing and matching light fixtures to get the right mood and lighting in my kitchen.
These are my 4 tips forÂ mixing and matching light fixtures,Â to add a personal touch to your kitchen and still ensure you have adequate lighting for various tasks.
- Under-the-Cabinet Lighting: I opted for xenon lights, as they are cooler than halogen lights and still manage to make my kitchen user-friendly. These fixtures are not very expensive to retrofit and do not require new wiring. I kept these fixtures hidden, but ensured they light up the area under the cabinets.
- Ceiling Lighting: I wanted ceiling lighting that is not overly decorative, but still matched with the existing dÃ©cor of my kitchen. I didnât want a chandelier because it is so clichÃ©d. So, I went with mini pendant lighting to create a focal point in the kitchen. I grouped pendants together, but at varying heights to enhance task lighting over the dining area and also create a dazzling visual effect.
- Mood Lighting: Ambient lighting is what sets the mood in a kitchen. I decided to go with wall sconces and track lighting rather than paper lanterns, as I was already using pendant lighting around the dining area. I went in for a dimmer, to adjust the lighting based on my mood and the activities taking place in the kitchen. I used the track lighting to light up the proverbial kitchen triangle.
- Task Area Lighting: I opted for spotlights around the task areas. Not only are these functional, but also quite stylish and chic. I mounted the fixtures on the wall and opted for metal finish to illuminate the prepping area and the stove. It was the perfect fit for my metal chimney and range.
Mixing and matching light fixtures is a wonderful idea. I could get the right fixtures, colours and textures to suit my taste and budget. These fixtures were a reflection of my personality and I simply adored them.