'When thinking about lighting a kitchen, one must consider the elements of lighting and the style of the room. The three areas to focus on are ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting,' explains Ben Marshall, creative director at Hudson Valley Lighting.
'Ambient will be your main source of light – your "fill light", so to speak. It’s the light you turn on to generally illuminate the kitchen. You can see every space as the light here is typically an even cast. Can lights and or mini flush mounts are called into action here.
'Task lighting helps you to work – LED mounted under the cabinetry is a prime example. There are also desk areas in kitchens nowadays in which a table lamp or a sconce can also act as a task lamp.
Accent lighting is the “fun” category. In farmhouse kitchens, this means industrial pendants over the island, adjustable sconces highlighting the shelves below, and additional decorative sconces around the perimeter of a room – such as the wall light in this beautiful kitchen from Jean Stoffer Design. 'These are the lights we turn on at night after all the dishes have been done – little spotlights on your favorite details of the room.
'Farmhouse modern accent pieces tend to be more industrial-focused and to remind us of the past. They are typically paired with modern Shaker kitchen ideas and cabinets, so the actual fixtures selected are responsible for telling the farm story you wish to tell.'