Good lighting=Good design!

Cheryl Kees Clendenon lighting 1 Comment

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To be fair to my last post, I am posting a few pictures ( and ok, yes a couple are my own!) of dining room and kitchen designs where I think the lighting not only complemented the overall aesthetic but provided an important element of drama! I just cannot emphasize enough how important the lighting plan is even BEFORE choosing fixtures. It is one of the first things I assess when looking at new construction plans. Even in remodeling, reworking poorly laid out lighting plans should factor into the budget as importantly as any other design element.
These pix illustrate hanging fixtures; pendants or chandeliers. Next week I will look at sconces and proper sconce height…one of my pet peeves!

( wp acting up and will not let me put hyperlinks into pictures so here are the links I have listed)

Decor Pad

In Detail (that is me!)

Hubbardton Forge

Oggetti

Union Street glass

Sized correctly for maximum dramatic effect but not over scaled. I might have lowered it though....just a tad. Decor Pad

A Tobi Fairley Design. I like how the turquoise anchors the room.

This Hubbardton Forge fixture is one of my faves. Love the flair of the drum shades. Thanks to Form Plus Function

Another gorgeous room seen on Decor Pad Great scale.

Fun to remember the outside living space too!

These lights seem to be a bit blingy for a kitchen but they really work when offset by simple cabinetry and a neutral hood. Courtesy of In Detail ( that's me!)

This single Oggetti pendant light is perfect in front of the window in this guest kitchen. The artistic nature of Oggetti sets off the rest of the design elements. Courtesy of In Detail.

These two pendants from Union Street Glass are a unique and original touch in a more classic kitchen. Courtesy of In Detail

Perfect Hubbardton Forge pendants over this traditional island. Spaced right and sized correctly to provide good light but not overwhelm. Courtesy of In Detail

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  1. Thank you so much for your insight on lighting. I especially loved your piece on proper sconce height. We are building a new home, and since I am not a designer (but LOATHE the look of builder-grade mirrors and lighting), I am working hard at selecting lighting with panache. Deciding on the size and placement of the lighting is a whole different issue, and I am really struggling. Can I ask your opinion on something? In the powder, we have a 48″ wide vanity. I fell in love with a 34.5″ wide french gilt mirror from Wisteria. That leaves me with 6.75 inches on either side for sconces. What is the best sconce width for this mirror? (The sconces might have to dangle outside the vanity width a bit). Thank you again for your wonderful articles. I will definitely be following you on FB and Pinterest!

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