How To Be Sure Your Kitchen Has The Perfect Lighting

Since your kitchen is one of the most used rooms of your home, you want to be sure it’s properly lit. The purpose of your kitchen lights should be for both safety and ambience. Lighting can also work as decoration. The right kind of lighting can have you cooking and entertaining in style. There’s certain points around your kitchen that will be vital for you to light for a smooth functioning room. We call these “key lighting locations.” You’ll want to focus on these.

There’s also certain types of lighting fixtures that work better in different types of kitchen setups. Specialty lighting could work wonders in a kitchen that has hard to illuminate areas. Hanging lights, for example are great over counter areas that are in the center of the room. Also, hanging lights work well over the areas where you prep and cook and other lights don’t reach. For safety reasons, you want to be certain that these areas are particularly well-lit. Dining in the dark isn’t the best approach for having guests over! You also don’t want to cook in the dark, since that has obvious safety concerns.

There’s 4 main types of lighting that you should have in your kitchen. These include: task lighting, ambient lighting, accent lighting and decorative lighting.

Task

You want task lighting to deter shadows and illuminate work areas adequately. This would be the first type of lighting you’d think of when designing a kitchen because it has a certain function.

Ambient

This type of lighting is more of an indirect kind of lighting and is important for a decorative touch in your kitchen. Think of these lights as illuminating the edges of the room.

Accent

Accent lighting is still not very common in kitchens, but it can be an asset to your design and decor. Accent lighting allows you to highlight a focal point in the kitchen such as a piece of artwork. This type of lighting can include track lighting, directional lighting or recessed lighting.

Decorative

This types of lighting would include chandeliers and hanging pendants. Decorative lighting is more about the fixture snd less about the function of the light.

Lighting Design Types

Hanging Lights

Hanging lights are a particularly versatile option since they come in many styles. from modern to classic designs, there’s a type of hanging light that can suit your kitchen style and bring your kitchen to another level.

Under Cabinet Lights

Under cabinet lights are another type of lighting that you should consider for your kitchen. These lights work more than just decoration. These lights give you additional lighting throughout the kitchen in places where overhead lighting may not reach. You’ll be able to see what’s on the counter no matter what time of day it is. These provide task lighting as well as a secondary form of ambient lighting.

No matter what style lighting you choose in your kitchen, make sure it suits you. Authentic style in your home is the best way to give it a “homey” feeling!

The Dirtiest Places In The Kitchen

Your kitchen is the room that you most likely clean the most often. The room gets a lot of use and has constant traffic going through it, as people look for snacks, lunches, and dinner to be served. There are a few places in your kitchen that you may be neglecting to clean, no matter how much you clean it. Below, you’ll find the hidden trouble spots of your kitchen. 

Sponges

Your kitchen sponge is the tool you might use the most often to clean the space. The problem with sponges is that they hold onto the bacteria that they collect during each cleaning session. You should get into a routine of tossing your sponge every couple of weeks. To disinfect a sponge, you can also place it in the microwave for 30 seconds. This will kill any bacteria that might be growing on the sponge itself. Remember that even a sponge that seems clean can be full of germs and bacteria.

Refrigerator

   

The place that food is stored is also a place chock full of bacteria and germs. Between food spills, cold air, and water condensation, the fridge is the perfect environment for germs to brew. It may seem like a huge chore to wipe the fridge down, but on a weekly basis, all you need is a simple solution of hot water and vinegar to clean and disinfect the fridge area inside and out.

The Cutting Boards

No matter what kind of cutting board you use, it can harbor germs. There’s plenty of places for the bacteria to grow in the nooks and crannies of the boards. You don’t want to put your family at risk with food borne illnesses. You really need to disinfect the cutting board often in order for it to stay clean. Make a paste out of baking soda, salt, water, and lemon juice. Scrubbing the cutting board with this solution will allow it to be disinfected and smell fresh.   

Counters

A lot of things get placed on your kitchen countertops. Bacteria can build up over time on them. Before you prepare a meal, you should get in the habit of wiping the counter down. Let the counters air dry, and refrain from wiping them down with a cloth. This will keep you from smudging around any remaining bacteria that remains after praying the counter. Give the disinfectants time to work.       

 

Small Alliances And Utensils

Everything from your can opener to your coffee pot needs to be disinfected from time to time. These items get used frequently, and you may not think to clean them, but they can harbor a lot of germs. You can wipe them down with either a vinegar solution, or commercial disinfectant for an effective clean.

Modern Kitchens could be to Blame for Weight Gain

If you have been packing on the pounds it may be your kitchen that is to blame. New research has shown that it could be your kitchen making you gain weight.

Here are some tips on how to keep your kitchen from contributing to a growing waistline.

No Media

The TV in the kitchen is now a media snack station. Parking yourself in front of the TV with food all around you makes snack time a lot easier. Computers in the kitchen can also lead to mindless munching and web surfing. It’s too easy to grab a bite when all the food is within arm’s reach.

Stand Up

Who doesn’t love an island prep station? But all the handy seating around the island is an invitation to linger over snacks. So lose all the stools to help resist temptation to gather in the kitchen.

Open Invitation

The so-called great room isn’t so great for your weight. Combination living/kitchen areas make your kitchen the focal point of the home. Add a few partition walls or screens to keep the fridge and cabinets out of sight when relaxing, and watching TV in the living room.

Skimp on Storage

Pantries, large cabinets are so appealing and offer a great place to stockpile food. They also offer lots of temptation. Too many trips to bargain bulk stores will have your storage full in no time and also create a mentality of surplus. More is always more especially when it comes to food.