Chandeliers have found use in almost any rooms in the home. Starting from the dining room, the chandeliers have also moved to the living rooms, hallways, bathrooms and now kitchens. Since most chandeliers are ornate, making them a decorative lighting piece, having one in the kitchen will sure draw one’s eyes to it. One might wonder just why you would want to draw attention to the kitchen lighting. For those artistic people as well as those who appreciate variety in lighting, having one will just add to the beauty of a well arranged and beautiful kitchen. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of using chandeliers for the kitchen.
Check the Style
The style of the chandelier should match that of the kitchen. As such, consider the finishing of the chandelier and make sure that it matches that of the taps, drawer handles and other fixtures in the kitchen.
Check the Materials
The kitchen is a work area that is prone to grease and steam, as well as smell from foods. When choosing a good chandelier for kitchen use, take note of how good the materials used can cope with these. Crystal chandeliers and other chandeliers made from glass are perhaps not so ideal for kitchen use.
Layer the Lighting
Having just one chandelier in the kitchen is not a good idea. Instead, try layering the lighting for a more visually appealing and practically illuminated kitchen. Use recessed lighting for ambient lighting as well as countertops for task lighting. This will give your kitchen on overall balance when it comes to lighting, as chandeliers are generally not a good source of ambient lighting.
Get the Right Size
We cannot talk about chandeliers without mentioning size. The proper way to get the right size of the chandelier is by taking the length and width of the room, adding them and then using the result as the right diameter size in inches for the chandelier. Do not hang the chandelier too close to the floor, as you might bump into it while walking, or it may obstruct the way.
Positioning the Chandelier
This will depend on whether the kitchen is an eat-in kitchen or not. For those eat-in kitchens it is advisable to mount the chandelier just above the dining table. Should the kitchen not be an eat-in kitchen, centering the chandelier for kitchen will do just fine. Care should be taken with mounting the chandelier, as it is best done with an electrician.