Bad lighting=Bad design

Cheryl Kees Clendenon In Detail Says, Interior design 8 Comments

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From the archives on lighting to wrap up this week in lighting design!
Lighting is very important to any design project and is often neglected. I have been guilty of this myself…waiting until the job is well underway before selecting fixtures. And in new construction, the lighting plan is even more important because you are able to plan for exactly what you want and where you want it. Selection and placement are the key elements for the fixtures and I have three “rules” for the overall lighting of any space…Light it well, switch differently and put everything on dimmers. More on lighting to follow over the next few days.
A few don’ts:

Good lighting gone bad….to worse


Believe it or not, I got this image off of House Beautiful’s site. Let’s keep the gingham in the nursery shall we? Or, better yet, don’t keep the gingham at all.
I like CX Design. I really do. But this is bordering on looking like a kiddie ride at Disney.  It is a kitchen folks! Do not fall for the “if one looks good then ten will look even better” design philosophy
Again from House Beautiful. This is some sort of antique. For real?
“Beam me up Scotty” ( I like the chairs!)

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Comments 8

  1. Geez Cheryl, I wonder if they might think my lights in the kitchen over the bar are nothing more than strange brown looking garlic bulbs! That said, I agree with you on all these looks. No thanks, not for me.

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  2. Those are hilarious! It’s amazing that they were published.
    This is a good reminder that lighting should not be an afterthought.

  3. Cheryl, if you do any kind of photo shop, I would be very interested in seeing what you would have chosen instead for these samples, especially the first kitchen shown and the one with the antique globe. The gingham in the first kitchen is so out-of-place that it really makes you wonder why anyone would think it was the way to go.

  4. Cheryl –you crack me up! Where do you find this stuff (besides HB)?! Lighting fixtures are fundamentally objects in a room and the same design rules apply whether they are turned on or not (i.e. scale, balance, symetry, rythym…etc.). Then there’s the other aspect of how they function and the purpose for having them in the kitchen in the first place. Duh… what were they thinking?! Hard for me to look at these and know they were done by ‘trained professionals.’ But maybe that isn’t always the case. Yes, there is a reason we get paid the big bucks! 😉

  5. Yikes. I can’t imagine that the fixtures in #2 even give off very much light. I’d be constantly looking up, waiting for one to fall and spear me through the brain.

    Interesting staging on #1. Are those special, antique Pineapple Cups?

  6. Pam; your words are so right on. And really lighting is such a critical design element and for my first few yrs in the business, I let others have more control over it and now is something we do at the outset…. To the point that now am carrying lighting in the shop.

    Joseph; that’s a great idea but I am not skilled enough to photo shop and replace but might try!

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