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6 Kitchen Lighting Styles and Trends

To have the optimal lighting in your kitchen, you need the proper combination of task, ambient and decorative lighting. It’s important to have the light you need when you need it and ensure that space feels comfortable and not like an operating room when you want warm, soft light. In this article, I would like to focus on over sized decorative fixtures that are popular in kitchen lighting showrooms. The unusual aspect of this trend is that it creates drama in an area of the house that is usually drama-less in décor.

Be prepared to be inspired and wowed! If you are looking for a new light fixture for your kitchen or planning a remodel, you will have no problem finding the look you love. Create an IdeaBook on Houzz and save the photos you like for future reference.

Style:  Farmhouse

Style:  Industrial

Style:  Modern

Style:  Transitional

Style:  Contemporary

Style:  Traditional

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How to Choose Lighting

Beautiful LightingOne of the most common questions I’m asked when redesigning a room is how to select the proper lights. Often a client’s lighting will be inadequate or not properly sized. In light of this topic, I want to go over some details to assist you.

There are three basic types of lighting:  ambient, task, and accent. The issue with lighting is that it can be expensive, and the inexpensive options generally max out at 60 watts which are not enough to light a living room. I like a 3-way lamp as it offers the most versatility. You can keep it low for ambient lighting when relaxing, watching TV, having friends over or turn it up for task lighting when reading. For inexpensive light sources consider these options:

You can always transform an existing lamp if you are simply tired of it and need a change. Have you visited the spray paint selections in your local home store? Rustoleum has every texture, color, finish and metallic look you could imagine! These paints can adhere to anything if properly applied, check out the instructions on the back of paint can, or visit the website the amount of information available is incredible. Note, you can unify the look of multiple lamp bases by selecting matching lamp shades.

I found this formula on the Ballard Design website to calculate how much lighting you need in a room:

Room length X Room width x 1.5 = Amount of wattage to light a room

Here is an example, if a living room is 18’ long and 14’ wide the calculation would be 18 x 14 x 1.5 = 378. Therefore, to adequately light a room of this size would require 378 watts. The total wattage would then be broken down over multiple lamps and lighting options.

Shades

Have you ever gone to the store and picked up a shade for a lamp and had it not fit, aggravating, isn’t it? For step-by-step instructions on how to pick the proper shade click here to read an article from Apartment Therapy.

10 Shade Shopping Shortcuts as detailed by Ballard Designs:

  • Round lamp base – Choose a round or hexagonal shade.
  • Square or angular base – Opt for a square shade.
  • Can’t decide on a shape? When in doubt, go with an empire style.
  • Shade height – Your shade should be 2/3 the height of your base.
  • Shade width – Your shade should be twice the width of the base.
  • Pleats say traditional.
  • Smooth leans contemporary.
  • Your lamp neck, harp, and all hardware should be hidden underneath the shade.
  • If you can, take your lamp with you shopping.
  • Mix opposites to make a contemporary statement

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By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

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Which light bulb should I use?

When is the last time you went into your local home store to pick up a light bulb? Confusing, right? We went from simple incandescent with wattages we understood to a whole new terminology. I decided to dedicate this post to all you who are not engineers and to help you pick out the right light bulb for your home. There is much information on the internet on cost saving tips and whatnot, which is not included in this post as you will see on most packages the savings you gain. In this post, I will focus on the “look” of the light and how to get the proper feel of a light in your room.

Let’s go over a few things first. I picked up this 60 watt bulb replacement; you will notice at the bottom of the package it tells you that it is 800 lumens. Lumens tells you the measure of light output if this number is higher the light will be brighter. Keep in mind, the higher the lumens, the more energy is required. Also, notice on the package it says, “Soft white light,” what does that mean?

light bulb front

Flip the package over and look at the label on the back. In this case, you would see a label similar to this:

lighting facts

The “Light Appearance” shows you a number that is an indicator of how warm or cool the light will be. Here’s a quick chart (Source topbulb.com):

Warm Light is 2700-2800K
Cool Bright Light – 3500-4000K (fluorescent lights are cool white)
Daylight – 5000-6500K

The light described as “warm” is yellowish; whereas “cool” describes a blueish look, and there are varying ranges in-between. Some labels will also include a Color Rendering Index (or CRI.) This number, when supplied, is not the same as the temperature of the light. It is a number on a scale of 0-100% and describes how a light makes the color of an object appear to the human eye and the slight color variations.

If you need a bulb that dims, double check the package! It will clearly state if it is dimmable or not! Here is a chart on Wattage and Lumens, if you want to replace your old incandescent light bulb with a new bulb check out this chart for a summary (Source Consumer.ftc.gov):

Watts Lumens
150W 2600 Lumens
100W 1600 Lumens
75W 1100 Lumens
60W 800 Lumens
40W 450 Lumens
25W 250 Lumens

Note:  If you have CFL bulbs (Compact Fluorescent Light) that you want to replace, they contain mercury, and you will not want to dispose of them in your trash. Most home stores such as Home Depot and Lowes accept such items. For a location to recycle CFL bulbs go to search.earth911.com for help. If you drop and break a CFL bulb, you will want to be careful as you clean it up. Click here to view a video on the best way to handle a dropped CFL bulb.

For further reference:

Redesign RightIf you are unhappy with the look and feel of a room, it may be more than the light that is not settling right with you, it may be the paint color of the room. If you need help with a color consultation or room redesign, call 610.955.8202 and make an appointment with Debbie!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Update your Kitchen

Are you planning to update or renovate your kitchen? 

I have written in recent blogs about flooring (Eco-Friendly Decorating Trends in Flooring-April 2013) and counter tops (Replacing Your Kitchen or Bathroom Counter Top-June 2013), and I would like to go over some decorating trends in lighting for your kitchen.  You will first need to consider the basics of kitchen lighting as there is no single source.  You will need task, ambient, accent or decorative lighting features.  For expert lighting advice, I went to HGTV.com, click on the article title, “Shedding Light on Kitchen Lighting” for a better understanding.

Pendant Lighting

Keep in mind you don’t have to stick with one style you can mix and match types of lighting for an eclectic lighting look, as in this example from BHG.com.

There are so many fantastic ideas in the world of pendants, and you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with them.  In the examples below I wanted to highlight the variety of design styles that can be accomplished from traditional, to sparkly glass, to vintage-retro, to classic … whatever your design style I’m sure you will find a beautiful accent piece!

(Photos taken from BHG.com.)

If your kitchen currently has can or recessed lighting, no worries!  There are many places, such as the home improvement store Lowes that sell pendants that require no electrician or electrical knowledge to install and can transform your kitchen in minutes!  Click here to view this How-To video from Lowes.com on how to accomplish this task.  I love the look of the Edison Bulb that you see everywhere now; I found this screw-in pendant that fits perfectly into your recessed lighting at Plow & Hearth.blog-sept-kitchen-pendant-plow

While writing this blog I came across some great posts on Houzz.com that are worth reviewing before you start your kitchen lighting plan, click on the title to read the post:

Have some fun with this project and let your own personal style shine through!

For all of your redesign or home staging needs, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com!

Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, and .