Ok, so we REALLY don’t like our kitchen lighting situation. As you can see below, we have a huge box with two 8ft. fluorescent blubs. It’s like an office building or something. Anyway, the plan is to change this because a) we want something we actually like, and b) to increase the appeal/value of the kitchen. We have several ideas, one of which involves (after the current lights are removed of course) ‘finishing’ the recessed box, painting it, adding some molding around the corners, etc. and installing tracking lighting up in there….we’ve talked about putting some small pendant lights over the sink area…and adding a couple of recessed lights in the raised box (or elsewhere) if that isn’t enough general light….. aside from all of the ideas….someone mentioned to me recently the idea of actually filling in the recessed box and making it a flat ceiling and installing lights wherever. Basically his point was that when people see a recessed part of the ceiling (during the inevitable event when we are selling our house- someday), the first thing they would think of was that they were going to have to fill that in…. For those of you who’ve never been in my house (ahem-hurry up and visit- leave the kid (SSSS) at grandma’s or with their competent fathers….) this will be hard to picture. I just want opinions, ideas.
A little more info on the situation:
The opening is approximately 8ft by 4ft, and the ceiling is recessed about 4 inches. The entire inside of the recessed area is finished with drywall, it just needs new tape, the holes where the currents fixtures come through need to be filled, and it needs spackled and painted. Thoughts?