Monthly Archives: April 2018

LAYERING | A Well-Lit Kitchen

When making plans for that new kitchen, it’s important to think about how you’ll be using the space and where specific light sources will be needed.  A well though out lighting plan has many layers to it.  Let’s explore those layers to help you create a cohesive and functional kitchen.

A M B I E N T | Lights for Navigating

Delafield Kitchen Remodel

Recessed cans, chandeliers, wall sconces, flush mount fixtures, even natural light – ambient lighting is your foundation, a general “blanket” of light for your kitchen.  It helps you navigate your space (without running into things), and it’s really the first step to your lighting plan, serving as the base for all other layers.

T A S K | Lights for Doing

Hartford Kitchen Remodel

Task lighting may arguably be the most important layer.  It helps you complete specific jobs, like meal prep and cooking, in the kitchen.  Under cabinet lights over the countertop, pendants above the island, lights at the range – it’s important to see what you’re doing especially when working with sharp knives and other potentially dangerous tools.

A C C E N T | Lights for Feeling

Herringbone Tile Layout

Accent lighting sets the tone for your kitchen, creating a warm and inviting space.  It’s often known as the decorative layer.  It can also be considered task lighting, but it demands a bit more attention – in-cabinet lights to display dishes or collectibles, beautiful pendants, and other fixtures to highlight a unique aspect of the space.  They round off the room to make it feel complete, and with so many options, it’s a great opportunity to really show off your personality.

M O O D | Lights for Changing

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

Throughout the day, your lighting needs change.  During the day, natural light is often sufficient, but as the day progresses you’ll need help from your fixtures to illuminate the space for cooking and cleaning.  Entertaining?  You’ll want to set the mood.  That’s where dimmers come into play.  Dimmers can be incorporated into all layers of lighting, so you can adjust the light for your specific needs.  For instance, they’re a great option at night or in the early morning when you’re not quite ready for bright lights.

Now that you’re familiar with the various layers of light, it’s important to note that you don’t have to use separate fixtures for each layer.  There’s often a lot of overlap.

Happy light planning!

White & Wood Kitchens

We see white kitchens everywhere!  They are clean, airy and timeless.  But for some, they can be a bit stark.  Those homeowners are looking to add warmth and texture.  That’s where wood comes to the rescue.  White and wood can be the perfect pair to create a space that’s simple and bright yet warm and cozy.  It’s an opportunity to add natural texture and soften the formality of a space.

How can you incorporate wood?  Here are a few ideas.

  • Beams
  • Countertops/Butcher Block Tops
  • Mixed Cabinetry (i.e. stained island)
  • Doors (i.e. barn or French doors)
  • Open Shelving
  • Range Hood

Let’s look at some examples!

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

The dark stained island and the walnut top on the raised portion of the island add a warmth and richness to this classic kitchen.

Wauwatosa Butler's Pantry

The contrasting cabinetry in this butler’s pantry creates an unexpected focal point.

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

This beautiful oak floor adds subtle texture and warmth.  It’s a great contrast to the white cabinetry, cool gray tones and marble top.

Hartford Kitchen Remodel

With a distressed cherry island top, this farmhouse kitchen is a balanced mix of rustic and refined.

Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

Oak floors, beams, open shelving and a distressed cherry island top – this kitchen blends clean lines and natural texture perfectly.  The warm wood tones also offer an intimacy to the large space.

Elm Grove Open Shelving

Here’s a close-up on those lovely wood shelves.  They make a statement, but keep the space feeling open and airy.

Elm Grove Barn Doors

One more view of this kitchen shows off the beautiful custom wood barn doors.  They are nod to the home’s barn past and add charm to the space.