Though sometimes an afterthought, under-cabinet lighting should be considered a very important element in a kitchen design. In addition to adding focused task lighting to your work spaces, it will warm up those shadowy spaces beneath the upper kitchen cabinets, bringing more warmth and charm to your kitchen. • There are many choices available for under-cabinet lighting, including halogen, incandescent, fluorescent and LED. A design or lighting professional can help evaluate what would best suit your needs. Generally, a warmer light will be a more pleasant choice and make your kitchen — and food — look more inviting. Our favorite system comes in several continuous lengths to accommodate multiple cabinets, and comes with snap-on plugs and hardware to convert to direct wire. (Installation by a licensed electrician is suggested.) • A warmly lit kitchen makes for a happy cook. Chip Vogel
Chip Vogel is a licensed interior designer with Interior Spaces Inc. He can be reached at (813) 251-8862 or on his website, intspacesinc.com.