If your kitchen’s only source of light is from recessed cans, consider adding a few fixtures to serve as aesthetic and functional focal points over the eating area or the island. To make all your lighting as efficient, effective and attractive as possible, dimmers are a must-have update.
“The greatest benefit of installing dimmers in an existing kitchen is the quality of the resulting light will inevitably appear much more comfortable and flexible than what you had before,” explains Joe Rey-Barreau, education consultant for the ALA and associate professor at the University of Kentucky’s School of Interior Design.
Todd Phillips of Quoizel, a leading lighting manufacturer, keeps track of the latest trends in kitchen design.
“Transitional is still the operative word,” says Phillips. “What’s popular right now is what I would describe as Cleaned Up Americana. This is representative of the classic, familiar shapes and elements we all recognize, but with a bit sleeker appearance and on-trend finishes like bronze and brushed nickel.”
“Handcrafted, hand-forged designs are also gaining in popularity,”
For help selecting the most appropriate, efficient and economical decorative lighting for your décor, visit an ALA-member lighting showroom. To find your closest showroom and to learn more about the latest lighting styles, visit www.AmericanLightingAssoc.com or call 800-BRIGHT IDEAS (800-274-4484)