Why Lighting Matters When It Comes to Countertop Design

December 29, 2015

Why Lighting Matters When It Comes to Countertop Design

Lighting might not be top of mind when it comes to choosing a countertop – but perhaps it should be.

After all, the warmth or coolness of the light can have a dramatic effect on how the countertop looks. Using warmer lights (such as incandescent lighting) will bring out yellow undertones in a white countertop, for example, whereas using brighter lights (such as CFL) will bring out cooler shades.


Lighting matters more for countertops than any other area in the kitchen particularly because the light shines directly onto countertops. As the nearest, largest expanse of horizontal surface to the light, the lighting in your kitchen will reflect most upon your countertops.

Tones of white light are measured in degrees of Kelvin. The higher degree of Kelvin will result in lighting that will appear bluish and cooler, whereas lower degrees of Kelvin will result in a more yellow and warmer tone.

Here’s a guide to help you achieve the perfect end result: An inviting environment that works with your other design elements to create a practical workspace and lively entertainment area.




WARM WHITE (2700K – 3000K):
Recommended for bedrooms and living rooms; creating a calm and warm atmosphere.

COOL WHITE (3500K – 4100K):
Recommended for kitchens & bathrooms; providing a bright and inviting feel.

DAYLIGHT (5000K – 6500K):
Recommended for bathrooms, kitchens and basements; best for reading, or intricate projects – provides strong contrast among colors.