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There are some established ideas for designing cove lighting in kitchens, and an experienced fixture expert can provide a unique, sophisticated look without having to do much work in the space. It just so happens that these rooms offer a lot of spots to set up a run of LED strips, and they can even be placed under cabinets and above countertops, adding functionality as well as aesthetics to the room. In most cases, though, an installer will choose to place the strips near the ceiling, either on top of cabinets, molding, or soffits.

When designing cove lighting in kitchens, the most important consideration is the color and shape of the room. Kitchens usually have distinct color schemes that can play well with fixtures that are configured to the scheme. For example, the room might be filled with blues, greens and other cooler colors. These colors may be represented in the backsplash, the flooring, and in decorations spread throughout the space. With fixtures configured on the cooler side, they can enhance the color scheme in the room and make the space feel more vivid and better put together.

The shape of the room will dictate how the fixtures are placed and metered. Phantom, for example, offers several trim options that can change up the angle at which the fixtures emit, and this can be used to illuminate tough corners or curves.

For many families, this room is the most important and with some smart additions, such as decorative fixtures, it can bring people together better and brighten the mood.