Many modern homes have kitchen islands included as part of the architectural plans, but if you live in an older home, you may be thinking about adding an island. Doing so can increase your prep and serving space, as well as provide a great spot for the family to gather in the mornings. There are countless island sizes and designs out there, and picking one can seem like a challenge. Another challenge that can arise is picking the right lighting for your island. At Accent in Wichita, our experts can help you choose kitchen island lighting that’s perfect for your home.

dreamstime_xxl_15757451Pendant Lighting

One of the most popular choices for island lighting is pendant fixtures. A single fixture or multiple pendants can provide the focused light you need, while also enhancing the appeal and design of the island. You can hang them all at the same level for uniform lighting, or stagger their heights for a more unique look. You’ll want to be sure they don’t hang too low as to get in the way when you’re making food, serving appetizers, or helping the kids with their homework. The pendants should serve as accent lighting for your kitchen, and enhance the space while providing illumination for various tasks. Look through our catalog for outstanding options for your home.

Recessed Lighting

Once you’ve chosen your pendant fixtures, you can complement them with recessed lighting. The pendants will provide focused light above the island surface, and the recessed fixtures can supply general lighting for the rest of the area. Depending on the size of your kitchen, recessed lights can help eliminate unwanted shadows while also adding to the layering and design you want your lighting to have. Check out our catalog options for recessed fixtures.

dreamstime_xxl_46487011A Place to Gather

When you have friends and family over, the kitchen is often the place where everyone gathers. They might be drawn there because of the smell of tasty food, or they might be hoping to grab a bite of whatever you’re making, but your friends and relatives love to gather in the kitchen. An island can provide a space to place appetizers and snacks, as well as seating for those who want to sit and talk. If you have an old friend over for coffee, the kitchen island is ideal spot to catch up on each other’s lives. If you have a weekly family meeting, the island is a great spot to convene, and you can get up to speed on what’s going on with everyone. You can also use it as a place to sit by yourself each morning while you drink your coffee, read the latest news, and get ready for the day.

If you’re considering adding a kitchen island to your home, or you’ve decided it’s time to upgrade the island fixtures you currently have, come to Accent Lighting today. We’ll show you as many options as you’d like, and can help you narrow down your choices.

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