How to design safe, luxurious bathrooms for the 50+ generation

Posted by kbanks & filed under Aging in Place, Bathroom Lighting, Interior Design, LEDs.

Yesterday we had the pleasure of participating in a vibrant industry Twitter chat on designing bathrooms that are both safe and luxurious. This is a popular topic as 1/5 of the U.S. population is projected to be 65 years or older within the next 15 years. The conversation provided great insight and tips into planning for a chic, yet safe #BoomerSmarts bathroom to accommodate homeowners who don’t want to sacrifice style for safety.

Read on to learn some key takeaways from the KB Tribe!

Curbless showers, textured tile and adequate lighting help promote bathroom safety for an aging population. Image featuring the Progress Lighting Chloe close-to-ceiling fixture.

Plan for floor safety

Consider safe surfaces that prevent slips and falls. Floors made of small tiles with more grout or textured tile provide greater traction. (Tip contributed by @Coverings)

Add a curbless shower with a bench

Although a tub can offer a nice focal point and great avenue for relaxation, steam showers are a nice – and luxurious – alternative that offer added safety. (Tip contributed by @HtinDesigner). Consider a walk-in shower with linear wall drains. (Tip contributed by @TecHomeBuilder)

Illuminate with LED lighting solutions

LED options are important to the 50+ generation because increases in efficacy (lumens per watt) are gentle on aging eyes. Plus, LEDs operate at a much cooler temperature, eliminating the risk of burns. (Tip contributed by us – @progressltg!)

Incorporate grab bars

Grab bars have come a long way and can now be a decorative part of your design scheme. Add these to the shower for added stability. (Tip contributed by @Remodel_w_Feia)

Consider a layered lighting approach

It is also important to consider a layered lighting design for added safety at night and visibility to complete everyday grooming tasks during the day. (Tip contributed by @thenkba)

For those of you who are not familiar with KBTribeChat, it is a weekly conversation on Twitter for kitchen and bath industry professionals. Taking place every Wednesday from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. using hashtag “#kbtribechat,” we have found the chat to be a great place to network, share knowledge, find inspiration and have fun. We hope you’ll join the conversation!

Fashion vs. function? The most common mistake homeowners make when creating a lighting plan

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, Lighting, Lighting Trends, remodeling, renovations.

Whether you’re building a new home or renovating your existing one, it’s important to consider a lighting plan that will account for both fashionable and functional illumination. According to our Senior Product Designer James Thomas, this is the area where homeowners seem to struggle the most when designing a lighting plan.

According to Thomas, “It is important to consider both function and aesthetics when planning lighting for a home, but often one is neglected in favor of the other.”

Image featuring the Progress Lighting Nissé chandelier

Choosing Fashion

Oftentimes, fashion-oriented fixtures may lack the functional illumination needed to complete everyday tasks. If you find a decorative fixture – such as a chandelier adorned with opulent beads or pendant defined by striking graphic lines – that doesn’t give off a lot of light, be sure to supplement these pieces with recessed lighting.

Choosing Function

Similarly, a room lit to specification with unobtrusive fixtures might benefit from decorative pendants or sconces to add a little flair. Remember, there’s a reason lighting is considered the “jewelry of the home.” Lighting  fixtures can serve as a focal point or further the design scheme used in a room.

James Thomas puts it simply: “It is about finding a balance between lumen output and style, and different types of fixtures are needed to complete the package.”

How to create spa-like bathroom experiences: Tips from Toll Lifestyle TV

Posted by kbanks & filed under Uncategorized.

This week, our partner Toll Brothers launched “Toll Lifestyle TV” – an online channel which offers a glimpse into the personal lives, homes, and communities of real Toll Brothers homeowners. Each episode is full of useful advice – from recipes and healthy living to design tips from top interior designers.

A recent episode gives great insight into how to create a bathroom that translates into spa experiences every day of the week. Here are 3 tips to keep in mind during the process of designing your master bath.

1. Select a customized floor plan to create a space you love. Interior Designer Travis Rotelli suggests putting a tub in front of a window to create a focal point, and to take advantage of the natural light to make for a soothing atmosphere.

Note: Add in blinds that move halfway up and down for privacy around the tub area.

2. Privatize the toilet. Rotelli suggests putting the toilet in its own room, or behind a small partition wall.

3. Consider the users of your vanity area. Plan your vanity height based on those who will be using the space most regularly, and adjust accordingly.

To view the full episode visit the Toll Lifestyle TV homepage.

Solid-state lighting: The benefits, challenges + misconceptions

Posted by kbanks & filed under LEDs, Lighting Trends, energy efficiency, lighting industry.

In a recent interview with our Senior Product Designer James Thomas, we asked him to weigh in on the benefits and challenges of solid-state lighting. In our Q+A, Thomas shared his perspective on the effects that the move towards LED sources has on the industry as a whole.

Here’s what he had to say.

“For the first time since Edison introduced the first commercially viable incandescent lamp in 1879, we have a light source that is not based on an inefficient vacuum tube (better at producing heat than light). As a designer, I am excited by this major change in the industry, which I think is comparable in importance to the switch from gas light to electric.

Without the constraint of a bulb, designers can create fixtures with completely new form factors.

We will soon be able to tie a home’s lighting in with other electronic systems and control everything from a smart phone or tablet. Variable colors and color temperatures will be easy to control as well, allowing much more user customization than just dimming.

As exciting as the opportunities are, I think that all of these disruptions of the status quo can be seen as challenges as well.

Tradition can be comforting and change isn’t always easy to accept, which explains why we still see so many candelabra chandeliers and coach lanterns that are based on gas light designs more than a century after the switch to electric.

Many people will continue to adhere to traditional lighting forms as LED becomes our primary light source, even though the new technology allows for functional, efficient, and beautiful designs that were never possible before.”

One Fixture, Four Ways: Bingo

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, Lighting Trends, lighting designs, remodeling.

One of our most uniquely versatile collections, Bingo offers endless design possibilities with the ability to double as a beautiful source of illumination as well as an eye-catching piece of wall art. Replace the distressed mirror surfaces with luxurious fabrics, cherished photos or other materials to complement your style. A source of modern charm (that is certain to spawn cheerful conversation) – take a look at some ways we have applied this one-of-a-kind fixture in 4 different ways.

1. Make it pop with a bold, bright pattern.

Select fabrics with a stand-out pattern to turn this fixture into a playful piece.

2. Keep it soft and subtle with distressed accents.

With the option to customize, the original Bingo design features distressed mirror accents and a neutral palette making it easy to coordinate with other room decor.

3. Turn it sideways to fit new spaces.

Flip the Bingo fixture on its side to create a focal piece in tighter areas, such as on a wall column.

4. Try it two-toned.

Pair neutral inserts with pops of color – such as a lively orange to greet guests in your entryway – for a new look.

View the full Bingo collection.

What’s new in LED lighting

Posted by kbanks & filed under LEDs, Lighting Trends, energy efficiency.

Samantha Hart from Better Homes and Gardens Lighting Magazine interviews Louie Morales on what’s new in LED lighting. Watch this short interview to learn:

  • How LED technology is revolutionizing the lighting industry
  • The possibilities LED creates for manufacturers to create new designs without the constraint of a lamp
  • What you need to know about LED light quality and color temperature
  • How LED contributes to efficiency, maintenance and product life

Enjoy!

Rockin’ & Rollin’ with D.R. Horton

Posted by kbanks & filed under Homebuilders, Progress Lighting, special events.

Our team had a blast at the D.R. Horton “Battle of the Brands” National Accounts meeting this month. Our very own rockstars Todd Roy, Renata Caldwell and Lance Smith attended the themed event at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. We’re loving their Rock ‘n Roll style!

We were honored to also accept two awards during the event which included best new product and presentation for our new P8022 fixture, as well as the best company in the East Region for service and support. Please join us in congratulating our team – and enjoy some fun pics from the event!

Don’t they look great?!

Designer Series with Synergy Design & Construction – part 3 of 3

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, LEDs, Lighting Trends, Projects, lighting designs, remodeling, renovations.

This is the third and final post of our Designer Series this week, featuring an interview with Emily Berg, Interior Designer for Synergy Design & Construction.

Today we focus on industry trends to keep an eye out for – we’d love to hear from you on trends you are embracing today in your home design project.


Q: What trends are you seeing now in projects?

A: In terms of style, we have seen several clients who are interested in a vintage or farmhouse style. After Brushed Nickel fixtures, the next most popular finish seems to be Oil-Rubbed Bronze.

Exposed Edison bulbs are also prevalent.

As far as lighting design, many clients love to see lighting (especially LED) in unique places — in tray ceiling soffits, under toekicks, even in drawers or under the kitchen sink!

Q: How you keep up with design trends – do you have favorite blogs, industry events, T.V. shows or magazines that you turn to?

A: Our vendors help us keep up to date by holding seminars that discuss the latest fixtures to pop up in the design and furniture shows across the country. Magazines such as Luxe and Home & Design also provide inspiration and follow the latest trends.  For unique ideas and everyday inspiration, we also get a lot of ideas from images we see on Houzz and Pinterest.

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Progress Lighting also stays current with trends we see on Houzz and Pinterest. Join us on our channels at http://www.houzz.com/pro/progressltg/__public and http://www.pinterest.com/progressltg/ to stay in touch!

Designer Series with Synergy Design & Construction – part 2 of 3

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, lighting designs, remodeling, renovations.

Photo courtesy of Synergy D&C, featuring a series of pendants from Progress Lighting

We’re continuing our conversation with Emily Berg, Interior Designer for Synergy Design & Construction during our Designer Series this week. Yesterday, we talked about how crucial lighting is in a design.

Today we share more details from our recent interview.

Q: How often is lighting the focal point of a room? Can you give an example?

A: Lighting can be a focal point in almost any room, public or private.

  • Kitchens, foyers, and bars are great examples of shared spaces that can showcase a special light fixture, such as a chandelier or pendant.
  • Bedrooms can also benefit from unique light fixtures. For example, a glamorous chandelier can add flair to a bedroom.
  • Focal point light fixtures in master baths are relatively unique, so when we install them for our clients, it really adds something special. Fixtures like this add personality to a home.

Layered lighting in a room also makes the space interesting and enjoyable.

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Do you have a room where lighting serves as a main point of interest? We’d love to hear examples from our audience.

Stay tuned for our last blog post tomorrow, which wraps up our Designer Series interview with Synergy D&C.

Designer Series with Synergy Design & Construction – part 1 of 3

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, Lighting, remodeling, renovations.

Photo courtesy of Synergy D&C, featuring a series of pendants from Progress Lighting

This week, we’re talking lighting trends with Emily Berg, Interior Designer for Synergy Design & Construction.  We love to keep in touch with professionals around the nation to see how designers achieve a vision for a particular project. Please join us over the next three days to read sections from our interview in our first-ever Designer Series.

Q: What considerations do you take into mind when selecting the lighting for a project?

A: First, especially in a remodel, we consider the style of any lighting or other fixtures that may be nearby, so that the look of the fixtures is continuous throughout the home.

Matching metal finishes is especially important so it doesn’t appear that fixtures were thoughtlessly added.

When narrowing down potential fixtures for a space, scale is also important. Drawing the actual sizes of the lighting on our plans, or modeling them in 3D, helps us to figure out, for example: how many pendants should be at an island, how high bath sconces should be mounted, and what diameter a foyer fixture should be depending on the ceiling height. Even if you find a great-looking fixture, if the scale is off, it looks inappropriate.

Q: How important is lighting to a project?

A: Lighting is crucial! First of all, because a poorly lit space is unpleasant and not functional. Even in a space without decorative light fixtures, it is extremely important to think through the amount of ambient light a space will receive, from recessed cans, etc.

Decorative lighting also makes a space look finished. It’s like art on the walls. It contributes to the interest of a room and can create a focal point.