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NOV 2018

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tables where ambient light is needed, but not directional light. It should be noted that down-light fixtures tend to be unflatter- ing to those sitting at the table. BATHROOM LIGHTING Layered lighting is as critical for the bath as it is for the kitch- en. The lights on the side of the vanity mirror are considered paramount by knowledgeable designers, as is an overhead lighting fixture and some accent lighting for the shower. But New Jersey designer Marlene Wangenheim stresses that those vanity lights should have frosted glass shades or, at the very least, feature some kind of etched design. "That will cut down on glare, especially a big concern as we get older," explains Wangenheim, who is co-director of Worldwide Wholesale Flooring Company's Kitchen & Bath Division. "And overhead lighting is not so great at night either," she continues, "because it creates a glare and may cause us to bump into something or trip. Lighting under the toekick of the vanity to direct a path during the night is a much better idea, in my opinion. Sure, overhead lighting is considered necessary in most bathrooms, but I recommend putting them on dim- mers, creating a pathway to different parts of the bath, without creating that disconcerting glare." Usually that overhead lighting is a surface-mounted globe, but in larger, upscale baths, Wangenheim as well as Davis Brown and Polo don't hesitate to use elegant fixtures, includ- ing chandeliers dripping with crystals. "A chandelier brings your eye immediately to the center of the room," says Davis Brown. "It's a great way to start the tour of a space." In a powder room, dimming the vanity fixtures may provide all-in-one task, ambient and accent lighting. "And do consider a lighted mirror," says Elizabeth Marcocci, a designer with Mother Hubbard's, a kitchen and bath firm in Mechanicsburg, PA. "It's one of life's lovely little surprises. Most have two sides, one for standard viewing, the other for illumination. Men appreciate them as much for shaving as women do for makeup." Strong-lined, geometric chandeliers like this linear design from Hubbardton Forge are trending for islands and dining areas. A lighted mirror is one of life's great little luxuries, equally appre- ciated by men and women, says designer Elizabeth Marcocci. DECORATIVE LIGHTING Davis Brown adds decorative lighting to the list of kitchen and bath must-haves, stating, "It not only illuminates a surface, it can add enormous character, and there really are no rules to follow here. Frankly, I love doing the unexpected when it comes to lighting a kitchen island. Let's face it, an island is the center of attention, so why not spotlight it with lighting that makes a statement?" However, she emphasizes that decorative lighting should be in context of the style of the space. "If, for example, the overall look of the kitchen is industrial chic," she explains, "then the pendants or whatever kind of fixtures you choose for the island should be sort of back to basics, simple, and with a well-made utilitarian feel." The American Lighting Association lists six styles cur- rently trending for pendants or chandeliers over a kitchen island. Besides industrial chic, there's rustic, described as natural materials, sort of national park meets Central Park; new classic, which is timeless and elegant; geometric, which features unique shapes and lots of drama; glamorous, which is luxurious with a bit of bling, and schoolhouse globes, which is defined as restored vintage or new with nostalgic design. Pendants may be either down-lights, which are excellent for illuminating task areas, or up-lights, which are used for more general illumination. They're ideal for kitchen or dining Photo: Hubbardton Forge Photo: Carl Sokolow 46 Kitchen & Bath Design News • November 2018 BRIGHT IDEAS

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