Need to brighten up the heart of your home? Check out these easy, inexpensive lighting solutions. Quick: What’s in your dream kitchen? Odds are, your mind jumped straight to custom cabinetry, pro-grade appliances or pricey stone countertops. But a well-layered lighting plan is the ingredient that ties all those […]
Install LED rope lighting.
Flexible and easy to attach, this unobtrusive device provides a continuous stretch of gentle light. The 48-inch Utilitech Incandescent Clear Rope Light from Lowe’s, shown here, is a great choice for adding extra dimension to a kitchen lighting scheme. Try it to illuminate cabinet toe kicks or above upper cabinetry for a soft top note.
Swap a plain ceiling light for one that multitasks.
Instead of a traditional overhead fixture that beams straight down, try a more updated approach: an adjustable model that allows you to guide light exactly where you need it.
Consider plug-in wall sconces.
Wall-mounted lighting adds a decorative flourish as well as a gentle, pleasant glow, but rewiring for it can be a major hassle and expense. Plug-in models, like this Taper Shade Sconce from West Elm, solve both problems.