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Lighting the way in your kitchen

Great lighting makes for a great a kitchen. A good lighting plan can make all the difference between an OK kitchen and a welcoming space you will enjoy every minute of every day, all year round.

All in the flick of a switch

There’s no easier and more effective way of changing the look and feel of a space then by changing the way that it is lit. Here are 5 key points to consider right from the start of your kitchen design:

  1. Mood matters. Think about the atmosphere you’re trying to create. Most modern kitchens are not just a space to cook in, but also a social hub for family and friends. Plan in flexibility to create isolated areas of bright light and softer mood lighting in other areas. Installing separate dimmer switches is one way you can adjust the lighting and create the atmosphere to suit any occasion.
  2. Planning and positioning. Be generous with the number of lights. Too few lights and too much of the kitchen will be under-lit. Also check the positioning – lights that are poorly positioned or directed will create large areas of shadow. Conversely, take care with lights that might reflect off high polished cabinetry or countertops and cause glare.
  3. On the wall. Wall-mounted lights can make a room feel larger, particularly in galley kitchens where the room is narrow. They also offer a softer lighting option where glare might be an issue.
  4. The right light bulb. Something as simple as your choice of light bulb can change the whole ambience of your kitchen. For crisp clear light, look at bright LED lights. If you’re looking for a cozier feel, choose bulbs with an off-white glow, available in energy efficient LEDs, CFLs or halogen bulbs. You can have a variety of light bulb types in various positions too – no need to stick with one type throughout.
  5. Let there be light. Pale colored walls, tiles and backsplashes reflect light, but darker tones will absorb it. So, if you’re going for a darker more dramatic color scheme, you may need more light fixtures to bring out the true character of your space.

Finishing touches

Creating a lighting plan for your kitchen is not only about the practicalities. Great lighting should be effective yet inviting. The ultimate lighting plan will use a unique mix of lighting styles (especially when working with a larger space). When choosing your kitchen lighting, consider blending the following:

  • Ambient lighting spreads light evenly throughout the space, creating a daylight effect. Fluorescent fixtures provide bright, high-efficiency lighting for whole-room illumination in larger spaces. LED flush ceiling lights are equally effective in a smaller kitchen.
  • ‘In between’ lighting supplements the ambient light for areas that need just a little more illumination, such as sinks, islands or eating areas. Chandeliers and pendant lighting suspended from the ceiling work well and also add a touch of elegance and variety to the space.
  • Task lighting directs light to illuminate specific tasks such as food preparation. Concealed under cabinet lighting is ideal for illuminating countertops, or to provide atmospheric lighting at the base of floor-standing cabinets.
  • Accent lighting. Once all your beautiful new cabinetry and countertops have been installed, you’ll want to show them off to their best! Track lighting enables a series of smaller lamps to be rotated and directed individually, putting all your well-chosen design features under the spotlight.

Spoilt for choice?

At Verbeek Kitchens we specialize in creating your custom dream kitchen to suit your specific needs. From the first measurements to the creation of your unique 3D kitchen design, we offer a service that goes to the finest level of detail. Our team will be happy to answer all of your design and lighting questions. Call us direct at 519-685-1811 or come into our kitchen showroom at 189 Exeter Rd. London, ON.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

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Kitchen countertops are a major expanse of surface that seamlessly links your whole kitchen together from one end to the other. Countertops have a significant impact on the light in your kitchen, whether bouncing back light from a light-coloured surface, or adding drama with a dark, statement colour.

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Often you’ll notice it first in your kitchen, as the bright early morning light reveals what the winter daylight conveniently hid away. So, we’ve put together our top spring cleaning tips, and a reason why getting to the very, very back of your kitchen cabinets might yield hidden treasures…

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When you’re looking at home kitchen design, you’ll soon come across the “kitchen work triangle”. Used for decades as a tool for efficient kitchen design, it aims to link the three main areas used most in a kitchen – the stove, the sink and the refrigerator. Imaginary lines link these three key areas to form a triangle. The idea is that you can easily step from one to another, as each side of the triangle should be no longer than 9 feet (2.7m).

Here’s how it might look in practice. Read more

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At Verbeek Kitchens, we work with many of London’s top home builders to provide expert kitchen design and installation for a whole range of new homes. From single family and executive homes to condos and apartments, London’s best home builders trust Verbeek to provide their home buyers with beautifully designed kitchens to enhance and enrich their new home.

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Qc has been busy this winter! Breathing new life into this 100 year old farm house kitchen.

We took it right down to the studs to start fresh with brand new cabinetry from Verbeek Kitchens topped with amazing Sloan StoneDESIGN quartz countertops. Not to be outdone we went with traditional Millwork by Copp’s Buildall beautiful oak flooring and marble backsplash from Sacwal Flooring Centres and a stunning fireplace by Donaldson Heating to keep it cozy on the cold country nights.

It takes a village and I have an amazing team! And the best clients!

2018 Kitchen Trends

With the rapid changes in kitchen design over the past 5 years, it’s been great to see such a variety of new styles and finishes on the market in 2017 to reflect this. The style stakes have been explored in depth from traditional to contemporary, but what’s in store for 2018 kitchen trends?

As a kitchen door manufacturer, we investigate the market every year to bring you the latest trends from across the globe make sure that your new kitchen is guaranteed to have that je ne sais quoi. From woodgrains to blues to marble effects, it’s all covered here.

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