How to Light a Dark Kitchen

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A dark kitchen doesn't do anyone any good. Learn how to light up a dark kitchen with help from an award-winning celebrity interior designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Kelli Ellis, of Kelli Ellis Interiors, and this is how to light a dark kitchen. When thinking about lighting your kitchen, dark or otherwise, you really need to think about what needs to occur. Now a kitchen is the heart of the home. You know, who are we fooling, this is where everybody hangs out, be at a party, when we have friends and family over, just the immediate family, this is the hangout spot. But we need to do certain things here. One of them be cook, so we need task lighting. There's two types of lighting, task lighting and ambient lighting. We need both. Task lighting is probably the most important and that's obviously so we can get our tasks done. We can cook, we can see what we're doing. We're not having injuries because we're in too much darkness. So we need to have task lighting that's usually done with your can lights and those can be strategically placed. Obviously over work areas, over the island, over the stove, over the sink, the refrigerator is nice even though they have their own lights, it's nice to be able to see where you're walking. So you are having just a general plan for your task lighting is really important and then our ambient light which is also our focal points. So a perfect example here is the island, this is also where things happen but it's also a gathering spot. So you need to think beyond just cooking and think about entertaining. So if you have guests over you don't want the surgery lights on as I call them and we don't want the burger lights on, that's what it feels like because of the heat. So you want everything, everything, everything on a dimmer so that you can control the light. So even your task lighting on dimmers, your focal point lighting on dimmers. So you can create the mood that you want when you want it. So don't worry about, you know if some places seem too bright, too much lighting. You can't have enough lighting. Under cabinet lighting as an ambiance, over table lighting as an ambiance. So don't be afraid that you have so many lights and so mans switches. You'll actually be really really glad that you planned ahead. Once again I'm Kelli Ellis and that was how to light a dark kitchen. If you have any other questions, go to


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