Kitchen & Bath Design News

NOV 2018

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Industry Trends. "My personal pet peeve is when the vanity is designed with lighting above the mirror and not on the sides. That casts exaggerated and unflattering shadows. This is something Hollywood has known for forever. Look, it's fine to put a downlight above the sink if the goal is to highlight the ex- pensive new faucet, but it's not sufficient for shaving, putting on make-up, tweezing and such. For that, we need eye-level lights on both sides of the mirror." Award-winning Miami, FL lighting and interior designer Patricia Davis Brown shares Dross' dislike of making do with downlighting over the bathroom vanity. "That'll make you look like a character out of Edgar Allan Poe," she comments. "Who wants that?" KITCHEN LIGHTING BASICS In her blog devoted to design topics, Davis Brown empha- sizes how complex kitchens are these days. "We prep, cook, clean, dine, entertain, help the kids with homework, do projects and probably do a lot more in there, and that means layered lighting," she remarks. "You will probably need at least the three major types of kitchen lighting, namely ambi- ent, task and accent lighting." Ambient lighting, she explains, is the general light in the room. It should be effective enough to allow the homeowners to work safely in most areas of the kitchen, while also provid- ing the overall lighting of the space. Task lighting provides focused levels of light to particular work areas, including countertops, pantries, cabinets and drawers. Make sure the light where the homeowners will prep and cook is good enough, she warns. Too often, task lights highlight that pretty backsplash, but skip the area where the clients will chop carrots and onions. Accent lighting is extremely focused to show off certain areas or objects. It can add enormously to the aesthetics of the space. Such lighting may be inside, above or under cabinets, or it could be mini spotlights directed at artwork or a shadowy area. Dross is especially concerned about the way recessed ceil- ing lighting is often designed. "The grid needs to be precisely calculated and placed," he notes. "For example, if the ceiling is just two feet taller, say, going from eight to 10 feet, you'll need twice as much light. Designers who want to educate them- selves about things like that should get hold of an excellent book published by the National Kitchen and Bath Association called Kitchen and Bath Lighting Made Easy." Designer Mark Polo of Boonton, NJ employed the layered lighting principle expertly in a client's kitchen. He used LED and halogen lighting in the dramatic contemporary space with large window expanses, placing track heads individually in the angled ceiling to enable the client to create different moods. "By dimming and moving the light heads, you can create whatever mood is required, whether entertaining or for everyday living," he explains. "I used the natural light in partnership with the dimmable lighting to even out the harshness of what nature brought in. It most mimics the yellow light that we prefer." Award-winning designer Christine Baumann goes for the bling in this well-lit kitchen. The chandelier over the island takes decorative lighting to the max, but functional ambient and task lighting aren't forgotten. Layering kitchen lighting involves many types of illumination: ceiling lights as well as LEDs lighting up shelves, counters and toe kick areas. Designer Patricia Davis Brown lines up a series of sleek pendant lights to complement a curvy countertop. Photo: Kichler lighting Photo: Rob Downey November 2018 • 45 BRIGHT IDEAS

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