Kitchen Lighting Design Guide
Coordinating the right lighting to the design scheme
Not only does lighting illuminate great kitchen designs it can also be a significant accoutrement in itself – like beautiful jewelry on your outfit for a party!
In design, nature has always been a substantial inspiration. Think of the impact nature has made on entire design and architecture movements like the art nouveau revolution and Catalan modernism. Natural materials and other organic elements in home décor is once again a huge design trend. The shift to natural/organic themes was well underway around 2020. The Covid-19 era has only accelerated the noticeable change from tech-obsessed clean lines to the natural/organic – all areas of design have been impacted, including lighting. Natural materials quite naturally bring the great outdoors inside and are very flexible elements that can be incorporated in many different applications – they can soften hard/modern sleek schemes and enhance vintage compositions. Open concept kitchens are still all the rage and natural materials infused in lighting products can really punch up kitchen projects. The Canterbury collection by Kalco combines the simplicity of rich natural stone and warm Winter Brass (WB) finish.
Black and White Together in Perfect (Modern) Harmony
Using black adds a focal point of color that grounds, anchors and adds a sophisticated look to any room. Black in accessories, light fixtures, trims, walls, or in one old bold piece of furniture will help to catch the eye and sharpen any decorating scheme. It will serve as an outline that sets off specific areas or objets d’art. Black by itself is of course extremely striking. But to achieve even more drama, pair black with white. The use of black and white in decorating delivers a fresh, clean, undeniably refined and elegant look to any room. Black and white are a perfect color combination for any decorating style: modern interiors and French country come to mind (think of fabulous black and white toile wallpaper!). The simplicity of a black and white color scheme (whatever the design period) allow the architecture and lighting fixtures in the kitchen to take center stage. Also you can expand the black and white concept to sister palettes like grayscale and black on black; then you can really create something unique for discriminating clients. The Redding collection by Kalco is characterized by floating discs uplit by clean LED light. Brass cups holding LEDs illuminate the discs to deliver soft indirect light to the kitchen space. The collection is finished in Matte Black with White and Brass Accents.
Rustic chic on its face is some oxymoronic word-smithing but it really works in kitchen design and is currently trending big! It provides cozy warmth for the heart of the home. Use of wood beams, painted cabinets, stone floors and large beat up farm tables are all great elements to incorporate. Not every client has the kitchen renovation budget for a LaCornue range in a rustic chic design plan – but what an outstanding design inspiration in appliance selection. Salvaged wood can also be a great vertical/wall feature (if you can get your hands on some). Stone (whether natural or manufactured) is also an excellent idea. Additionally an eclectic combination of rustic and contemporary elements can also work. It’s important to pair the right light elements in a rustic kitchen. The Wickenburg collection features electric candles in black iron cage which will provide a high comfort factor to the overall kitchen design!
Color My World
The power of color is obvious. It has an undeniable impact in any room – use of brilliant colors has long been a trick of British designers for centuries in drafty country estates to enhance the mood of clients during the long, bleak winters (after all the UK is further North than all of the United States – the latitude of London is 51.5074 degrees and New York is 40.7128 degrees). The depressed mood resulting from this unfortunate latitude along with the perpetual gray skies can be mitigated with use of color. This meteorological bleakness also holds true for many parts of the U.S. like western Michigan. The constant winter gray skies are produced by cold west-to-east Lake Michigan winds blowing up clouds. But let’s face it – winter in most places is a bummer – not everyone can live in ethereal locations such as Carmel-by-the-sea or Naples! Don’t be shy about use of color in paint, tile, accessories and light fixtures if you’ve uncovered those client needs. Kalco’s Meteor collection features beautiful cobalt blue glass globes hanging down in pendants, wall brackets and light islands.