10.11.2011

an antidote to light poisoning

as i mentioned in this post, the lighting our new apartment's kitchen is dreadful.  

fluorescent death.
with the garish fluorescent on, i felt like i was in the inside of a refrigerator, everything cold and white.  the most complementary way i could have described the kitchen is that it was amply lit, but man, it killed me to be in that kind of icy blue atmosphere.  

first, i considered trying to take down the fluorescent pillow fixture altogether but quick googling led me to believe that removal would more difficult than it would be worth in a rental.  i also looked up ideas online for creative ways to cover/disguise the long rectangle of the fixture, but again, nothing struck me as being very aesthetically pleasing or functional. 
turns out one of the easiest solutions was also one of the cheapest.  with the help of three of these inexpensive fas lights from ikea, the kitchen sitch is now much improved.  

i attached two of the fas lights to the top of the cabinetry over the sink wall.  (the fas light has optional hardware that can clamp onto a shelf, but it also comes with a little bracket that allows you to screw it onto a surface more permanently, which is what i did here.)


warmer and more atmospheric and but still lit well enough.
the cords run along the top of the cabinets and drop down into the void behind a filler piece between the cabinetry and the wall to the far left, perfectly aligned to the outlet there.  i also had an extra lamp that i placed on top of the fridge to provide more light near the washer/dryer.  

our indispensable stenstorp cart, also from ikea, that we had in our otherwise-countertop-less old apartment, suits this new space perfectly and we've created a little work station around it, utilizing the third fas light.

a spotlight, right, on the work surface makes all the difference.

one of my current goals is to resume cooking at home much more often than i had been in oak park.  having good lighting and good work areas will help me stay motivated to do so.

the fas light itself is screwed into the top of the spice rack.
meant to be together, sizewise, if you ask me.
 on the wall above the cart, we have easy access to our most used seasonings (from this photo you might think all i make is cold season beverages like mexican hot chocolate and eggnog, yum) and our knives and other sharp instruments. 

everything at arms reach, out in the open.
  below we have kitchen towels, a bottle opener and a paper towel dispenser, along with a flour containers, a breadbox and other sundry items.   

there is no towel rack anywhere in the kitchen, so attaching one to the cart was an essential addition.

so far the kitchen wins the award for most improved room in the new place, all for a cost of about $40. 

soooooooo much better.
 i'd love to paint this kitchen a dark olive brown to further take the edge off its all still mostly white ways.  but this new lighting scheme is at least a strong start in improving the space.

1 comment:

  1. Your light evangelism certainly had it's effect on me! We are now the proud owners of not one, but FOUR new vintage floor lamps in the living room. It makes all the difference!

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