Planning your kitchen lighting

When you’re designing your brand new kitchen, the lighting in the kitchen is often overlooked while more importance is placed on the kitchen units, the kitchen wall tiles or the flooring, but it’s really a very important room when it comes to lighting. In your kitchen you will need the availability of a good strong light for cooking, so you can see what you are doing. From a safety point of view it is very important. There is a lot of potential hazards in a kitchen and being able to see what you are doing while you are busy in the kitchen will go a long way to keeping you and your family safe. You will also want to be able to properly see what you are cooking so you can fully assess when meat has browned or if your sauce is of the right consistency etc.


In addition to bright lighting, if you have an eating area within your kitchen, as many people do, then you may well want a more subdued form of lighting. It’s not very relaxing eating in a stark brightly lit kitchen and it’s not always practical or desirable to eat your meals by candlelight.


So when it comes to planning your kitchen lighting, you really do need to give it quite a bit of thought. It is said that a good rule of thumb budget wise is to spend a similar amount on your lighting as you do on your flooring. You should also take into account the rest of your kitchen when you plan your kitchen lighting. For example, tiny pinpoint spot lights might look like nothing on their own, but in a kitchen with high gloss units and shiny kitchen wall tiles, they may well look stunning their small beams bouncing off the highly reflective surfaces to great effect. Lights under wall units or at floor level under the lower units can look really stylish and are also functional, focusing light onto the worktops for your food preparation tasks, and onto the floor for clearing spills or ensuring you don’t trip over your pets! If you’re feeling adventurous don’t forget to explore the possibilities of coloured lighting. Rainbow pinpoint spot lights, or perhaps a blue or orange light can create a whole new mood for the room.


Spot lights do work well in a kitchen, and it’s a good idea to determine the most highly used areas of the kitchen to focus them on. There is usually a main preparation area in any kitchen, plus the cooker and the sink that will need plenty of light. A coloured or lower wattage bulb could be aimed at your dining table, but make sure it is sited in a way so that it isn’t going to dazzle anyone sat at the table!


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Decorating A Rental Property

If you let out a house or flat, you need it to be attractive to potential renters. You’ll be able to charge a higher rent for a more deluxe abode, than you would if you were renting out a property that was  tired and scruffy looking. However you can’t depend on renters to take extra care of your property so you also need it to be fairly robust and rugged in design. You also don’t want it to be expensive. Tenants have been known to steal entire kitchens and bathrooms, and they are easily damaged by a bad tenant. You do everything you can to choose a good tenant, but you can’t get it right all the time. Many landlords find themselves with a bad tenant now and again who doesn’t respect the property. Even with just natural wear and tear though, you’ll need to replace and redecorate from time to time.


Cheap and tough is what you need. Hard wearing carpet, is great for rental properties. You can pick up cord carpet very cheaply which is meant for use in offices etc. so it’s very hard wearing. You could also consider some cheap laminate flooring. Tiles too are a good choice. Pick porcelain floor tiles and they will be practically indestructible, they are very hard wearing, and very strong. They don’t scratch easily, so they stay looking like new for a very long time.


Paint is a better option than paper. Paper can tear or start to peel off, but paint won’t and it’s easy and cheap to repaint between tenants. You should also consider colour. For a home you’re selling, light colours can make the rooms appear spacious, but a pale carpet will soon get stained and dirty. In a rental property it’s better to opt for darker shades and mottled patterns.


Cheap bathroom suites and kitchen units are a must. Even the cheapest kitchens and bathrooms these days look really nice and they won’t be too flimsy. Don’t pick materials that need any care. You may love natural wood and be happy to keep it oiled and to always use a trivet when you place a hot pan on it, but your tenants may well not. It’s not worth spending a lot of money on it just to be ruined. If a cheap mass produced kitchen unit is broken, it will be easier to replace it with another one the same.


This also applies to tiles. Don’t use any fancy bathroom wall tiles. Pick plain white of a standard shape and size, then if one should be cracked you’ll easily be able to find a replacement. When you do the tiling for the first time, it’s worth buying extras to have to hand should there be any breakages.


A fresh coat of paint between tenants will work wonders, as will hiring a professional carpet cleaner to refresh all the carpets. They do make a big difference.


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