Mix Cabinet Materials

Why stick with just one type of cabinet in your kitchen? See how to combine materials, colors and designs with tips from this kitchen that masters cabinetry mixing.

View Video

Popular Kitchen Colors

Coat your kitchen in a color you love with our favorite paint picks. With ideas for blues, grays, greens and, yes, even white, these versatile kitchen paint colors bring the beauty.

View Slideshow

One-of-a-Kind Backsplashes

In a hardworking kitchen, a backsplash is an ideal opportunity to add a little personality. See how pretty materials and unique installations can bring a fresh face to your kitchen.

View Video

Drab to Fab Makeover

See how a basic kitchen received a fresh face on an affordable remodeling budget.

View Video

Guide to Backsplashes

From Better Homes and Gardens, ideas and improvement projects for your home and garden plus recipes and entertaining ideas.

See More

Creative Dish Storage

Make your kitchen even more stylish and functional by storing dishes where you can see and access them easily. These out-of-the-box ideas will help you get started.

View Slideshow
Popular in Kitchens

Kitchen Lighting Layout

Use these tips to help you integrate a beautiful and practical lighting layout into your kitchen.

Too often, kitchens are equipped with only a single light fixture, and even in small kitchens, one fixture is rarely enough to supply adequate light. However, before picking out pretty pendants or a cool chandelier, take time to create a plan that ensures all areas of your kitchen are well lighted. A professional lighting expert can do this step for you -- or save money by creating one on your own.

Whether you are starting the space from scratch or adding new fixtures to an existing kitchen, draw a layout of the floor plan, complete with cabinets and appliances, and map out the placement of four layers of light.

1. Ambient lighting casts a soft glow that bounces off the ceiling and walls to create overall light that makes the kitchen feel inviting. Choose ceiling fixtures and bulbs that provide diffused light rather than pointed light. Recessed lights are most commonly used for this purpose; in general, you can plan for one recessed can every 4-6 square feet.

2. Task lighting provides bright, focused lighting for preparing meals, washing dishes, and other kitchen chores. Plan to have one of these lights cast between head height and the sink, island, desk, and other work surfaces. Recessed spotlights and floodlights are perfect for task lighting.

3. Accent lighting is designed to highlight specific features, such as artwork or architectural details. Track lighting with directional spotlights makes it easy to shine light exactly where you want it.

4. Decorative lighting, such as chandeliers and wall sconces, are beautiful fixtures that cast light but have the primary purpose of adding decorative detail to the room.

Save on energy costs by investing in dimmer switches for your new lights. Using separate switches for each light layer creates maximum flexibility and newer switches include timers and electronic sensors for automatic control. Be sure to plan for light switches at each entry point to the kitchen, which will affect cabinet and appliance placement.

If you can't afford all of lighting in your plan at the time of construction, consider installing the junction boxes anyway so you can add fixtures as budget allows.

More For You

Kitchen & Bath Newsletter
Get ideas and inspiration in your inbox weekly!

Our Best Lighting Tips
Get inspired by these kitchen lighting ideas and learn how to develop an appropriate lighting plan for your kitchen.

Kitchen Remodeling Guide
Download our FREE Kitchen Remodeling Guide before you start any project.

Kitchen Lighting 101


Loading... Please wait...