One of the most problematic topics in assisting clients with redesigns is how best to add light to dark spaces. I thought this topic was appropriate after yesterdays post where I encourage all of you to paint your walls black! Let’s review on some great ways of getting light right: First Kitchen Addition.
While this is the most expensive way to begin this discussion, it is also the most effective. Skylights, atrium, and conservatory windows above your kitchen could be a viable choice. Meet with your designer to discuss all of your options and your intended budget.
On Trend: One of my current love is adding windows in a kitchen backsplash.
Off Trend: Solar Tubes in the Kitchen A more affordable and popular idea is to install a solar tubes that reflect light from your roof, through a tube and into your kitchen. My personal design philosophy agrees that soar tubes are wonderful in dark bathrooms and walk-in wardrobe areas. However, I resist placing them in kitchens whenever possible.
Designers will get Creative:
One of the many perks of working directly with a designer is that they are able to customize each space with a unique and clever approach that adds functionality as well as beauty to the room.
On Trend: Consider double-sided cabinetry. Allowing natural light to sine through and highlight your kitchen from an adjacent space.
On Trend: Adding Glass to your upper cabinets is another play on double sided cabinetry. Allowing natural light to shine through and highlight your kitchen from an adjacent space. Add LED lighting to the interior of glass paneled cabinetry for an warmer design effect.
Off Trend: Forgetting task lighting under your cabinets. The best way to provide working light for the counter areas us to add fluorescent (T5), xenon or LED task light under the upper cabinets. Discuss the choice of your fluorescent or LED color temperature with your designer for the best effect.
It can be an arduous process but a great way of updating what you already have in the most cost effective way. Most older homes are built with darker or out of style wood selections. Brighten up the space by picking lighter or more neutral and classic shade of paint.
On Trend: While you are refinishing, why not add a more interesting crown molding to the tops of the cabinets. It is an affordable up-grade that will appear as though your purchased entirely new cabinetry. The correct scale of crown molding will also add a classic style to the room.
*Note the black door! Again my love of this style pops up and reinforces the philosophy of adding instant glamour to any space with black finished paneling.
Above all else, I hope that this post inspires you to do great work.