With the housing market making it harder for people to change homes, it’s more important than ever that you know how to make the most of your current house. This is especially important for rooms where you spend lots of time, such as the kitchen. If you have a dark kitchen, we can help you figure out how to make it feel brighter.
Changing Light Bulbs
Let’s start with the least-invasive solution. One reason your kitchen may feel too dark is if you have incandescent bulbs. These bulbs are much dimmer and less energy-efficient than LEDs. If you don’t like cold white light, don’t worry, as there are now LED bulbs that mimic warm incandescent light—but brighter.
If new bulbs aren’t enough, you may want to consider adding a light source or upgrading one you already have. Under cabinet lights are a fantastic way to implement more lighting, allowing you to really see whatever you’re doing. Other options include adding a special light over the sink, or near the kitchen island.
Mirrors and Reflectors
Here’s a little decorating tip: mirrors reflect light and trick your eye into thinking a room is bigger than it really is. By placing mirrors opposite of windows, you can capture light that may be coming in from odd angles and make it more helpful. If you’re open to changing out your appliances, it also helps to choose a reflective surface like stainless steel.
New Paint Colors
Dark paint colors tend to make a room feel smaller, and well, darker. To brighten up the room, choose a new paint color that matches your kitchen and reflects more light. Whites, pastels, and warm colors are a safe bet if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Remodel Your Space
You may not be able to change everything about your kitchen layout, but remodeling can certainly help you get a more functional workspace. Many kitchens in older homes are cut off from the rest of the house by walls, overhanging cabinets, or serving hatches. Knocking out some of these obstructions will make your home seem larger and let more light into the kitchen.
Let There Be Light
Working in a dark kitchen can make the act of cooking feel more draining, so don’t be afraid to make some changes. You can use these tips to make a dark kitchen feel brighter and more inviting, giving yourself the mental boost you need to start or end the day.