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NOV 2018

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Nothing will mimic natural light exactly. It's always our best friend. But if a client chooses a dark color, I suggest elements and lighting that will brighten it up." As an example, Curtis notes a recent project where the previous light fixture created a halo effect in the room. "When you flipped on the light, the lower part of the bathroom was lit, but the top one-third of it was dark," she says. "The light didn't do any favors for the room. We not only needed a beautiful light fixture, but we also needed one that would cast lighting throughout the whole bath, so we chose an exposed bulb." DuPont often uses lighting as a focal point in her designs, such as an unusual chandelier or backlit countertop, the latter of which was showcased in a recent project where a backlit Cristallo quartzite vanity top sets the room aglow. Adding a backlit mirror set in front of a split-face travertine backsplash created dramatic shadows. The designer also uses lighting as a way to highlight other statement pieces in a room. For example, dropping the crown wall if a client wants to do a really cool, fun, bold pattern. If it is on every single wall, your eyes dart all over the room. Instead, we want to let the room breathe a bit." CREATIVE LIGHTING Curtis likes to include really interesting lighting as well, using, for example, pendants hung in a surprising way. "I love to do something unexpected," she says. "I'll hang one pendant to the right or left of the mirror, depending on which way the door swings. If it swings to the right, we'll place a cool, floating pendant on the left so when the door is open, guests will notice it. It's very artistic." Creative lighting can also be a way to successfully pull off dark colors in a small space, especially one that doesn't have any windows. "You can do dark colors in a powder bath," states Curtis, debunking the common myth assumed by many. "But choose bulbs that are light and crisp rather than ones that cast a yellowish glow, which can make the space feel like a cave. There are several 'wow' elements in this powder bath designed by Alina Dolan, Allied ASID, and Kim Collins, ASID, Collins & DuPont Design Group, including the Italian porcelain tile accent wall that is complemented by glass beaded wallcovering. The walnut vanity serves as a base for the Swarovski crystal sink. A sparkling pendant light with two layers of Swarovski crystal webbing is reflected in the mirror, which is framed in a silver mop and shell finish. Sherri DuPont often uses lighting as a focal point in her designs, such as in this bath where she showcases a backlit quartzite coun- tertop. Additional lighting features include a backlit mirror, under- cabinet lighting and pendants. Wallpaper, which features a simple texture and a bit of glimmer, serves as a backdrop for the split-face stone accent wall. When space allows, DuPont also likes to separate the vanity from the commode. Photo: Lori Hamilton 40 Kitchen & Bath Design News • November 2018 FALL BATH REMODELING REPORT

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