The hub of the home is where the members of the household spend most of their time, and when it comes to kitchen lighting, the focus should be on functionality. We asked top designers for their advice on kitchen lighting design, from must-haves to problems to avoid.

TIP: “General kitchen lighting should be located directly over walkways, prep areas, sinks and cook tops. This way, no matter where you are or what you’re doing, you won’t have any dark corners. I love these three head recessed fixtures we used in the kitchen above.” – Jamie Herzlinger