Our new kitchen

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My name is Andrea. Since I am from Croatia, unlike most of you, as far as I saw, our kitchens look a bit different. Styles vary between Europe and America. But I liked this page because there are a lot of people who sound like they know what they are doing.
On the picture I posted you can see a kitchen we (and by we I mean my family and myself) ordered from a local manufacturer to be made to fit.
We wanted to get the clean, modern, and simple effect. I think the company who made the kitchen managed to pull that off in accordance with our wishes.
The part that troubles me is the lightning. I read that it is very important for any part of the house. For me, it is most important here, where I will be spending a lot of time.
I am not sure if the big glass wall and one big chandelier will do the job of keeping the kitchen illuminated enough. especially by night.
If anyone have any ideas on how to improve the illumination – the comments are more than welcome.

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posted 02-25-2015 01:17 PM

There are so many options when it comes to lighting – is there ever enough? My wife says “NO!”

I have a single 3 bulb ceiling fixture that provides the light in the kitchen, but the layout is completely different and this works for us.

What I would do at this point, stand in the kitchen and have someone hold a light at different places at the ceiling height. You can also do this under the cabinet and see how this works for you. With LED lighting becoming very cost effective, the possibilities are endless.

Chandeliers are pretty but want to throw this out there – they tend to be more decoritive and are considered mood lighting. If you use your kitchen a lot, everything in the kitchen requires cleaning. The fancier the chandelier, the harder this is.

Oh – the kitchen looks great—good job!

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posted 02-25-2015 08:44 PM

I like the advice about holding the light and see how it looks from different perspectives. Definitely going to try that one.
Thank you for the advice, and I’m glad you like the kitchen.
And your wife is right – there is never enough of light.

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posted 03-02-2015 01:54 AM

I’d be tempted to add under-cabinet lighting: I like focused task lights, something like LED strips under there will really brighten up the work surfaces.

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posted 03-02-2015 09:16 PM

Thank you for the great advice, Dan. So it happens, we started working on that, cause it seemed like a good idea. Especially if I plan to do some chopping at evening, or night. Since I decided to watch out for my fingers, I managed to talk my husband into putting some of the LEDs under the cabinets.

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posted 03-15-2015 08:23 PM

First of all the design is superb. Very clean lines.
I have always had under cabinet lighting which totally lights up your countertops. Recessed lighting in the ceiling is another good option. One light in the ceiling may just cast shadows off to the side, depending on size.
Another option (just an added feature) is indirect lighting on top of cabinets shining towards ceiling. This softens and gives a nice mood. Separate light switches for areas you do not want to use.
Great design.

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posted 03-16-2015 01:16 PM

Thank you, Michael, for complimenting design and for a few great ideas – separating the light switches, for example, is a great one. Also love the idea about mood lights which go upwards, toward the ceiling. Definitely worth taking into consideration.

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