How to Brighten Up a Low Light Kitchen

Written by debbie tolle
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Many people prefer their kitchens bright and airy, and having a lowlight kitchen can make it appear small and closed in. If you have a small kitchen, it will feel even smaller. There are several things that you can do to brighten your kitchen, such as painting, changing window treatments, flooring and adding more lighting. Some solutions will cost more than others, but you can choose the solutions that will work for your budget. This guide will focus on paint and lighting.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cell window shade
  • Variable speed drill
  • Drill bits
  • Paint
  • Paint tools
  • Ceiling light

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    Window Coverings

  1. 1

    Remove your curtains and window blinds. Traditional window treatments block more light than some of the newer updated window treatments. Use your drill and drill bits to remove the old brackets.

  2. 2

    Purchase and install a cell blind. Cell blinds are also known as honeycomb blinds. Some are translucent and will allow more light to pass through than traditional blinds.

  3. 3

    Install your brackets 6 to 10 inches down from the top of your window to allow light to pass directly through the top of the window. This installation style will allow light to pass over the top of the blind and allow you to close the lower portion for privacy. If this style does not suit you, install your blinds in the traditional manner with the brackets located at the top of the window.

    Wall Paint

  1. 1

    Choose a light colour for your walls. Your colour should complement or accent your decor There are several light-neutral shades you can choose from. Examples of neutral shades are cream colours, beige, and different shades of white. Light-neutral colours reflect more light. Go to the paint department in your local home remodelling centre and choose several paint colour cards. Settle on a few and purchase one-pint samples of those colours.

  2. 2

    Paint a 2-foot square sample colour near your cabinets and window. Applying paint samples to your wall will allow you to see how the colour will look before you purchase tinted paint that cannot be returned. Continue this pattern until you find a colour with which you are satisfied.

  3. 3

    Allow each paint sample to dry and view it at different times throughout the day. Paint will appear lighter or darker as the daylight in the room changes. Repeat this pattern with all of your samples.

    Light Fixtures

  1. 1

    Replace your light fixture with a new, larger light fixture. If your kitchen has only one small central ceiling light, it will make the room dark. Choose a light fixture with a clear glass globe to allow more light to radiate.

  2. 2

    Add recessed lighting to your ceiling. Install at least two recessed lights, one on each end of the room. Recessed lights will eliminate the darker areas of your kitchen. If you only have one light, the darker areas will be around the perimeter. The perimeter of your kitchen is where you need light the most.

  3. 3

    Install wall-sconce lighting to strategically bring light to specific areas of your kitchen. Wall sconces are stylish and the lighting from this type of fixture will reflect off of your ceiling. Light reflection will brighten your kitchen.

Tips and warnings

  • Use an electrician of you are not comfortable with replacing or installing new light fixtures.

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