31 March 2010

Details #1 - The Lighting Edition

This begins a five-part, first week of the month series with The Decorating Diva. Each of the five Details editions will focus on a single room detail that can make a huge difference in the success of that space's style.

In the next four months, we'll look at hardware, fabrics, faucets and accessories. We'll also be giving away a fabulous faucet from Brizo and a room full of new Italian collection hardware from Topex. Trust me, you won't want to miss out on those opportunities!

This segment is probably the most critical. If you're not sure what I mean, imagine this remodeled kitchen with a florescent light box on its ceiling.

Kitchen designed by Jamie Goldberg, AKBD, CAPS

Not only would the outdated fixture detract from the elegant cabinetry and granite countertops, it wouldn't deliver the light quality a kitchen deserves.

Here are some great fixtures to consider for your kitchen and bath, even if you're not planning a remodel.

Good-looking Melrose Pendants by Tech Lighting

Brand, striking new Banja Mini Pendant from LBL Lighting

Transitional style showcased in Rejuvenation's Whitaker Island Fixture

One of my long-time favorites, the Hundi Lantern at Pottery Barn

The Jefferson delivers retro style, also at Rejuvenation

Brighten your vanities with Metro Bath, also by Tech Lighting

Holtkoetter's 2980.1 Sconce, a sexy VML Design & Lighting suggestion

Kalco's Asiana LED Module delivers energy efficiency and exotic allure

Minka-Lavery brings sleek chic to the bath with its 5994-84 collection

Here are three essential points about kitchen lighting that you should consider:
  • Do you need to augment the room's natural light with general room lighting? This is often achieved with recessed can lighting - now available in energy-efficient LEDs.
  • Is there enough light shining on your work spaces? Consider adding under-cabinet lights and an island fixture or pendants, if applicable, to illuminate those key spots.
  • Is there sufficient light at your eat-in space? This doubles as homework central in many homes. In others, it's the spot to enjoy a cup of coffee with the morning paper.

And a couple for the bath:
  • Do you have enough light for shaving and make-up application at your vanity? A small upgrade can make a big difference in functionality and style.
  • Is there a water-resistant light above your tub or shower? Consider adding one if there isn't already.

Enjoy the entire Details series!

Details #1 - The Lighting Edition
Details #2 - The Faucet Edition
Details #3 - Fabrics and Fibers
Details #4 - The Hardware Edition
Details #5 - Finishing Touches


  1. Thanks for your feedback, Norman, and sorry for the belated response.

  2. Great looking light fixtures..! generally I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so, Excellent post!


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