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Island counters and breakfast bars demand a combination of task and general lighting. A very good solution is to add a group of miniature pendants.
Mount each pendant so that the bottom of the shade is approximately 66″ above the floor so it is possible to look across the room below the pendants. If the shades are not very deep and there is seating at the kitchen island or peninsula, install the pendants a few inches lower (60″ above the floor).
In general, you should install one pendant for every two feet of counter space and try to use an odd number of pendants to create better balance. Thin, narrow pendants, however, might look more pleasing with the addition of one or two extra fixtures.
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RECENT PROJECTS: ANGERSTEINS
Kitchen pendant lights by Kichler Topiaries on mantel by K&K
Summer Classics outdoor furniture in the Rustic collection.
The Rustic collection is on display at Angerstein’s in the weathered gray finish.
Shown here in walnut is a sofa and two slipper chairs with Sunbrella fabric in Papaya.
Bronze and Stainless Steel patio heater
Fanamation Belleria outdoor ceiling fans with Antique Woven Bamboo in all-weather composite
Currey Oval Scroll iron chandelier with 5″ linen drum shades
Lighting is Art:
Lighting as art? Absolutely. If you look at home decorating magazines and websites, often, lighting is the focal point. Soft contemporary, or transitional, is the top trend in lighting now, and continuing into 2013. Round chandeliers make a bold statement, and soften the angular corners of a room. Two of my favorites are the Flatiron by Troy Lighting and Palla by Crystorama. If round is a little too bold, try a softer oval chandelier such as the Murray Feiss Kinsey pendant. If bling is your thing, they make beautiful pendants from all kinds of exotic materials. Examples include Currey & Company’s Alberto, with turquoise beads, the Roundabout with crystal facets, and the Sahara which is a hand-pierced nickel plate.
Page 20 of 26Outdoor Living…Take it Outside:
Outdoor rooms are becoming more popular than ever, and it has gone way beyond patios and grills. As the E. P. Henry company, the premier family-owned and operated manufacturer of HardscapingTM products in North America, has stated, “An outdoor living space is a place for you to enjoy the natural beauty of your backyard with the comfort of the indoors.” Flat pavers are being replaced by richly textured paving stones such as Bristol Stone. They add texture and interest to your patio. To help define your style, select an appropriate gas or wood firepit. The Outdoor Great Room Company’s Key Largo contemporary fire pit with crystal beads is a great focus piece in your outdoor living area. Take your outdoor room a step further, and add really comfortable furniture such as the Rustic collection’s sectional sofa by Summer Classics. And, for your outdoor kitchen, choose from a multitude of fun accessories such as the beverage caddy, condiment tray, wood chopping board with disposal bin, or an icemaker!
Accent Home Décor with Meaning:
A neutral, sophisticated pallet is popular again this year in home décor. It is the perfect backdrop for the highly stylized accent pieces that really give the flavor and meaning to a space. Look for eye-catching pieces such as large wicker, bamboo and water hyacinth baskets. I also love the smooth, grey-taupe of reclaimed wood that gives the appearance of age, but is fashioned in modern shapes. One of our favorites is the Gabby Home demilune table with linen inset doors. And finally, have fun with over-sized, unique accents such as a lantern. They are pictured everywhere – hanging over dining tables, sitting on the steps outside your door or placed on a sideboard.
By Kristen G. Ursomarso Angerstein’s Building Supply & Design Center 315 New Road Wilmington, DE 19805 tel. 302-996-3500 www.angersteins.com
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Lighting can make a big difference in the interior environment of your home. Good lighting used properly helps you to see better and perform tasks more easily. It also provides safety, security and a sense of comfort. Lighting and lighting controls also provide you with the flexibility to adjust and adapt the mood and ambiance of your home.
Lighting fixtures are ideal, and often inexpensive, accessories to supplement the interior design of your home. With an unlimited range of styles, shapes, colors and sizes, lighting fixtures can add sparkle and a final, finishing touch to your décor.
Properly used lighting should complement your lifestyle and meet your family’s needs. When planning your home’s lighting, keep these tips in mind:
- Identify the activities that occur in each room (reading, food preparation, hobby work, grooming, laundry, homework, etc.).
- Identify the mood or ambiance that you want to create in each space.
- Identify any decorative elements you wish to emphasize, such as artwork or wall textures.
- Identify areas with dark wall colors and finishes. These areas absorb more light than those with lighter finishes, so supplemental lighting may be required.
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Lighting has always been an intricate part of the design concept. Once lighting is looked at like an accessory to compliment your overall design, it becomes easier to pick the light concepts that best fit your space.
Pendants often come in two or three like when hung over a kitchen island, but this new light trend is taking multiple pendants to new level. A hot trend in interior design and lighting is hanging multiple pendants in a cluster at varying heights. Choose multiple pendants, the same pendant in different colors, or different pendants in the same style.
Clusters of pendants can add drama to modern style interiors or a whimsical effect in contemporary or rustic style interiors.
TOP TIPS FOR LIGHTING YOUR KITCHEN
Creating the best lighting design for your kitchen is like cooking a great meal. You have to have the right recipe and the proper ingredients.
To make sure you cook up the best lighting scheme for your kitchen, use a lighting professional. “There are many ways to light a kitchen, some better than others,” says Monty Gilbertson, CLC, manager and buyer for Lighting Design by Wettsteins in Lacrosse, WI. “That’s why you need a lighting specialist—to help with location, style, and whether or not to add dimmers. There are a lot of things an expert can bring to the party and make any room in the house more livable.”
The biggest mistake is not having a good mix of lighting that meets your needs. “When you talk to someone who doesn’t really know what’s new in the business, you may end up with only recessed can lighting,” says Barry Levett, owner and president of House of Lights in Mayfield Heights, OH. “Recessed lighting is great for creating a blanket of light, but not for bringing light specifically to where you need it.”
Sometimes too much of a good thing can be too much. “I have seen people not sure about what to do with their lighting keep adding recessed lights, instead of mixing the various lighting types,” says Steve Birdwell, CLC, salesperson for Bay Lighting & Design in San Francisco, CA. “The result is that they kill the room with too much light.”
When visiting a lighting showroom, be prepared. Bring a picture of your kitchen, if possible or at least know your kitchen dimensions. How tall is the ceiling? Where are the doors? How much space is there between the cabinets and the ceiling? How much space is there between the cabinets and the countertop?
If you are building a new kitchen, bring in a layout. “With new construction, we sometimes hear “This isn’t exactly how the kitchen will be but it’s close.” says Gilbertson. “But we need to know where everything will be—counters, cabinets. It’s critical to where you put the lights.”
If you are planning to update an existing kitchen, tell the lighting expert how much deconstruction you want to do. “If you are tearing the ceiling out, that is important to know because then we can add recessed lighting,” says Gilbertson. “If you don’t want to destroy the ceiling, then we have to go a different way with mounting installations.”
Consider asking the lighting professionals to make a house call. “Sometimes it’s easier when you see the physical space,” says Gilbertson.
Once you have the plan in place, use the same color bulbs throughout the kitchen so that the tone of the floor, counters and cabinets will all be the same intensity.
For more information, visit the ALA web site at www.americanlightingassoc.com or call toll free 1-800-BRIGHT IDEAS (1-800-274-4484).
The American Lighting Association is a not-for-profit association of leading manufacturers, retail lighting showrooms and sales representatives in the U.S. and Canada dedicated to expanding public knowledge about lighting.
Outdoor lighting enhances the beauty of your property, makes your home safer and more secure, and increases the number of pleasurable hours you s
For added security, illuminate any side of the house that would otherwise be in shadow. To conserve energy, install a motion or heat-sensitive control that will switch on the light only if someone approaches that side of the house. An automatic timer can control a portion of your outdoor lights to turn off at a certain hour, while basic security lights can be left on through the night. Another proven safety measure is to use timers on interior lights to make your home look occupied when you’re away.pend outdoors. And it is an investment that pays off handsomely in the value it adds to your home.
Dark-Sky Friendly Lighting Tip
In order to prevent unwanted glare from your outdoor lighting, use bulbs with reasonable illumination levels. You may also use full cut-off fixtures to direct the light down towards the ground, where it is needed, rather than being cast to the side or up towards the sky, where it is wasted.
Living Room Tips
When designing a lighting plan for a living room or family room, you need to consider the variety of activities that occur there. You’ll want to include general lighting for entertaining and watching television, task lighting for reading or sewing, and accent lighting for artwork, plants, and interesting architectural features. Dimming controls are ideal for the living room because they allow you to design the lighting to suit each mood and activity
Portable Lamps can deliver general, task, and accent lighting, while giving you the flexibility to move the light whenever you want. Table lamps, floor lamps, and torchiers are available in a variety of styles to complement any decor. Small specialty lamps, such as clip-on lights, uplight cans, adjustable task lights, mini-reflector spotlights, desk and piano lamps fill a variety of task and accent light needs. These lamps are available with incandescent, tungsten-halogen, and energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
Angersteins Design Center works closely with owners, architects, interior designers, engineers and electrical contractors to provide lighting solutions that are most appropriate and cost effective for your specific design challenge. Work scope often varies depending on the size and complexity of the project. We provide excellent customer service whether your client needs one light or an entire project!
Angerstein’s Lighting & Design Center, opened in 1990, is a showplace featuring unique products for your home. You will see a unique collection of residential lighting, ceiling fans, lamps, home accessories, fireplaces, patio furniture and gas grills. We are also known throughout the tri-state area as the place to go to for your home remodeling needs and for fresh new decorating ideas, quality merchandise and knowledgeable sales associates.
Recent Projects: Crowley Kitchen and Great Room
The Crowley Family wanted a Kitchen and Great Room where they could relax, dine and entertain family and friends. Sandy Conley, Dawn Ford and Kristen Ursomarso of Angerstein’s helped Tracy pick out all of her lighting that best suited her needs. Candice Tigani of Feather Your Nest llc worked with Tracy to pick paint colors and furniture.
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Tracy to pick paint colors and furniture.