Today’s Kitchen: Lighting with Style
Is your kitchen a gathering space, a work site, or an expression of your personal style? The typical kitchen serves those purposes and possibly more. No one lighting solution will fill the bill. Instead, you need a tiered solution that can singly or in combination provide overall ambiance, light a work area, or spotlight art and fine dishware. Wire lighting for each purpose on a separate switch, add a dimmer, and illumination can be fine-tuned to any occasion.
Achieve a sense of harmony by selecting light fixtures to complement other features in the room. In the image above, pendant lights reflect the style and color of the faucet and cabinet hardware while clear globes enhance the light, bright effect of the mullion cabinets.
Elegance is in the details. Trim molding around the lower edge of wall cabinets conceals counter-top lighting. The island chandelier provides a delightful focal point and draws visitors in. Interior lights in the glass-front mullion cabinets spotlight fine china and, positioned on either side of the window, create a wall of light. Recessed fixtures on dimmers can be adjusted to provide the appropriate ambiance for any situation.
Explore non-traditional fixtures and applications. In the image to the right, a chandelier tucked in a windowed corner provides a delightful bit of sparkle. Consider, as an alternative to under-cabinet lighting, illuminating a section of counter with sconces in copper, brass, or antiqued metals.
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