By Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Tuesday, May 02nd 2017, 18:23:06 PM.
Layer your lighting. "In the last five years we've seen a huge change in the way that our clients look at kitchen lighting", notes Heather Moe of Design Moe Kitchen & Bath. "While function is still important, we now layer the lighting to give homeowners an extraordinary flexibility of effect. We routinely have seven levels of illumination: countertop and general lighting, under‐cabinet task lighting, over‐cabinet up lighting, accent cabinet lighting, some supporting sconce fixtures (mounted on walls or on cabinets), ceiling lighting and – to top it all off – a central accent fixture, usually something pretty and eye catching at the room's focal point".
Fit the space. "Because of the size of this kitchen and the height of the ceiling, we needed a fixture that not only had the appropriate width, but also height", says Kristin Petro of Kristin Petro Interiors. "With its tiered design, a chandelier fits the space perfectly. In addition, the white cabinetry and backsplash provide a neutral backdrop, which lets the intricate style of the chandelier really pop".
Brown is not boring. Kitchen and bath specialist Robin Rigby Fisher explains that "this kitchen sits between an original 1918 Craftsman formal dining room and a contemporary family room. The only constant was the dark woodwork throughout both spaces. We also had the challenge of designing around a ceiling height that has a 9‐inch difference from one side of the beam to the other, so we chose to incorporate the dark wood accent as a crown molding. The intention was to draw your eye around the room, with the goal of minimizing the height discrepancy.