My sister taught me the value of kitchen counter lamps years ago.
She showed me how to soften my kitchen lighting when I am not cooking by using small lamps on the kitchen countertop.
She would always put a few knick-knacks around them and really dress them up. She adds things she has around the house. A pretty plate and a colorful bottle, maybe a book or two. Things like that will make this a very interesting corner of your kitchen counter.
They really set a nice calm mood in the kitchen for when you were ready for a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate in the the evening. No need for a big light, you have plenty with your kitchen counter lamp.
I have had a small lamp in all of my kitchens over the years. It’s never the same lamp, sometimes its a novelty kitchen lamp just for fun. Whatever I like at that time.
I have mine sitting on the top of a shelf in my kitchen. It is kept on all the time, except at night. I am too old for a night light.
So what’s the best size of lamp to have for the kitchen? The best size is the size that fits under your upper cabinets or if you have a built in desk in the kitchen, you can probably get away with a bit bigger size.
But still try to keep it intimate. That is what you are trying to achieve here.
Find a spot out of the way, maybe a corner or the far edge of the countertop. You don’t want it in the way when you are cooking.
Usually in a corner is the best. It sits back there and minds it’s own business and does it’s job day after day and night after night.
If you kitchen has a bit of color, try to match the lamp or lampshade with your decor. Or if you kitchen is just white or black, add a touch of color with a Tiffany Lamp so it can shine on your counter and really make a statement.
It may be a small lamp, but if you pick the right one, it will not be ignored.
You may already have a few around the house that you can pull for a unique kitchen lamp.
Be creative and try different lamps with different decorations around it. You might be surprised what really speaks to you.
Try some funky lamps in your kitchen. Sometimes these create the intimate light you want with a great piece of interest for others that enter.
When you find something you like, just leave it there a few days and see how it feels. You may decide that it isn’t the right one. Keep looking.
I have given you some great choices and some great kitchen lighting ideas using lamps.
Remember, this is suppose to be fun, so don’t stress over it. If you don’t have a place in your kitchen for a kitchen counter lamp, that’s ok. Maybe in your next kitchen you will. Keep this idea in the back of your mind.
Originally posted 2014-11-25 18:29:35.