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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!

Recent Project: Modern, Eclectic Farmhouse Remodel

The 1970s colonial home was dated, compartmentalized, and stale. The homeowners wanted to update their home to accommodate their modern lifestyle and showcase their eclectic style.

The Exterior

Delafield Exterior Remodel Before

The exterior was nondescript, and the homeowners wanted it to be an expression of their style, something that had more character.

Delafield Exterior Remodel

The home was transformed into a modern, eclectic farmhouse. It features low maintenance LP Smartside siding (both horizontal lap and board and batten siding) and trim, a metal roof, fieldstone, and cedar columns and brackets. The wrap-around porch is welcoming, and the layers of lighting give the home a warm glow.

The Family Room

Delafield Fireplace Before

The existing fireplace was drab and cookie-cutter. The homeowners wanted a fireplace that could serve as the focal point of both the family room and kitchen.

Delafield Fireplace Remodel

The new fireplace is the centerpiece of the first floor. The Gold Mica fieldstone is rustic and warm, and the reclaimed farmhouse beam keeps the farm’s history alive.

Also, note the Dutch door to the right of the fireplace. This leads to the new library (discussed soon), and serves a few different functions. First, it is used as a “gate” for the homeowners’ three dogs. The Dutch door also gives the room flexibility – it can be somewhat open to other spaces, or it can be closed completely for more privacy when reading or watching a movie.

The Kitchen

Delafield Kitchen Remodel Before

The existing kitchen, dinette, and dining room were dated, cramped, and lacking personality. They were also closed off from the family room.

Delafield Kitchen Remodel

The new kitchen expanded into the unused dining room and is open to other entertaining areas. It features custom quarter-sawn oak cabinetry, green soapstone and granite tops, a subway tile backsplash, and a painted island with seating. The island’s two levels offer space for food prep and seating, and the open design accommodates the natural flow between appliances, storage, and food prep areas.

The Butler’s Pantry

Delafield Butler's Pantry

The new walk-in pantry uses a portion of the old dinette space. The butler’s pantry not only offers extra storage and counter space, but it tells a story about the family’s past. The sliding barn door was reclaimed from the family’s early 1900s barn, and the pantry cabinetry came from the family farmhouse. These details add historical charm to the home.

The Library

Delafield Library Remodel Before

The three-season room was a catchall and was not practical for year-round use. It was also dated and unsightly.

Delafield Library Remodel

Now, the homeowners can comfortably use the new library year-round. It features a wall of built-in bookshelves that serves as a focal point and showcases the homeowners’ books and treasures from their travels. The shelves also complement the homeowners’ Stickley furniture. The exposed wood ceiling uses wood harvested from an oak tree that had fallen on the family farm years ago – another story to tell.

The Screen Porch

Delafield Screen Porch

The new screen porch is accessible from the family room/kitchen area, the patio, and the porch. It is a great spot to enjoy the home’s scenic backdrop, and it helps blur the line between indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces. The ceiling draws visitors’ attention up and adds texture to the space, with exposed rafters and tongue and groove roof boards.

See this project on Houzz!

It’s All in the Details

May is National Home Improvement Month, so throughout the past few weeks, we have posted detail photos every day (every weekday and non-holiday, that is). Here is a compilation of some Bartelt details!

Kitchens

  1. This range hood serves as a focal point, or anchor, of the kitchen.  It stands out, yet blends well with the cabinetry and style of the space.
  2. The base of this butcher block adds a pop of color to the kitchen, and the knife storage keeps tools within reach of where the homeowners need it.
  3. This kitchen niche not only adds interest to the backsplash, but it is also a great spot to store frequently used spices and oils.
  4. A furniture-style island leg is an important aspect of the kitchen.  The island is no longer just a work station, it’s a beautiful piece of furniture.
  5. Showcasing the homeowners’ style, this kitchen pendant offers ambient and task lighting over the island.
  6. The roll-out pantry allows the homeowners to take advantage of the entire depth of the cabinet without having to dig through boxes and canned goods.

Lower Levels

  1. This hammered copper countertop is the perfect addition to a lower level bar.
  2. A Tuscan-style lower level features textured plaster walls and arched brick openings.
  3. These chalkboard doors are a fun addition to a lower level playroom.
  4. A finished basement is a great opportunity to get creative with your lighting!
  5. Here is a close-up of that unique lower level fireplace, the face of Prometheus.

Bathrooms

  1. Check out this grand, double-door entrance into the master bath!  The arched doorway mimics the arch above the large soaking tub.
  2. Not only does a recessed niche add character to a bathroom, but it is also perfect for decor or storage needs.
  3. The tub’s handshower offers a classic and sophisticated look.
  4. This steam shower has frameless glass panels, a pivoting transom, and Pietra Calacatta, an innovative porcelain tile that looks like marble, but holds up to the steam.
  5. A wall-mounted faucet, slate tile, and boulder vessel sink help achieve a rustic aesthetic in this home’s powder room.

Other Spaces

  1. This custom, built-in bed takes advantage of an existing alcove and is the perfect spot for the homeowners’ grandchildren to snuggle in for a sleepover.
  2. In this library, a knotty alder coffered ceiling adds warmth and character.
  3. An arched opening between the sunroom and back hall keeps the spaces separate yet open to one another.
  4. The fieldstone and barn beams on this sunroom fireplace tie into the home’s exterior and create a nice balance of rustic and refined.