Recessed lighting is ideal for kitchens, but proper planning is essential. The number of pot lights you need will depend on the size of your kitchen, and each light should be 20 to 23 inches away from the perimeter of the walls so they are not blocked by upper cabinets and crown moulding. Keep in mind that you’ll still need some dedicated task lighting (gorgeous pendants?).
These days, your safest bet for return on investment is a stone counter. While other materials can make sense for various reasons, stone is always going to be durable and look fantastic. This doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank on a gorgeous granite – engineered stone like quartz are also great options.
Under Cabinet Lighting
When making a lighting plan for a kitchen, it’s really important that you include under-cabinet lighting. This task lighting will make it safer and easier for you to do work at the counter. You don’t want to rely only on overhead lighting in the area where you’re using sharp knives and handling hot dishes.
Devices need to be charged, it’s just the way it is. By including a charging station or adding USB ports to kitchen outlets, you allow people to charge their devices while hanging out in the kitchen.
Hidden Switches and Outlets
Outlets on islands and light switches in the middle of backsplashes are a huge pet peeve of mine – and they’re not necessary. Instead, mount all the light switches and outlets under the cabinets. They’re still functional, but neatly tucked away out of sight.
Built-In Trash and Recycling Storage
I always advise including built-in, pull-out trash and recycling storage in the lower cabinets. It makes things easier while you’re cooking and, it keeps them out of sight and out of the way.
When you’re cooking or washing the dishes and you’ve got your hands full, the last thing you want to deal with is two separate faucets. The kitchen should be all about making things easier.