4 kitchen cabinet trends – and lighting to match

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

Just like the latest fashion fads, home decor trends come and go. Plan your kitchen remodel with cabinet designs that account for a updated – yet timeless – style. Plus, enjoy a look at lighting styles that best pair with today’s most popular cabinet choices.

Light, bright and white

White or off-white cabinets contribute to a country chic atmosphere with an element of simplicity and brightness. The white kitchen has been around for decades, and is not going out of style anytime soon.

Lighting Tip: Pair white cabinets with Brushed Nickel or Polished Nickel fixtures for a bright and modern appeal. Or, for a bolder look, a dark finish such as a rich Oil Rubbed Bronze provides striking contrast.

Efficient and task-oriented

Today’s multi-functional kitchens are well equipped with efficient storage options. Pull out trays, breadboxes and narrow spaces are designed to enhance the functionality of your cabinetry.

Lighting Tip: Enhance efficiency with under cabinet lighting to assist you in completing tasks such as chopping vegetables, preparing meals or reading recipes.

See-through style

Another popular trend for kitchen cabinets is to outfit the front of cabinets with clear glass. See-through cabinets offer a light and airy look, as well as endless design possibilities. Display your favorite dishes, or dress up the back of your cabinets with a bright accent color or pattern.

Lighting Tip: Mimic the look of your peek-a-boo glass cabinets with clear glass fixtures with exposed bulbs – a popular look for today’s interiors.

Embellished to perfection

Today’s most interesting cabinet styles mimic the designs of adorned furniture – complete with moldings and cutouts – that contribute to a sophisticated, yet stylish, disply.

Lighting Tip: For cabinetry that is heavily embellished, pair with simple lighting choices that accent – rather than overcomplicate – the cabinetry design.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens, Top 10 Kitchen Cabinetry Trends

Shopping for lighting with Ferguson: Keeping up with the trends – Part 3 of 3

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Lighting can play a key role in the perceived value of your home. When shopping for lighting, it’s important to consider popular home decor trends, while also accounting for your unique personal style. Today, as we wrap up our series with Ferguson, we unpack the top trends in lighting, with a special look at the fast-moving transition to LED sources.

What is your advice for shopping the trends, while also taking into consideration style choices that will last for years to come?

Trends always come and go. Lighting is no different than furniture or even clothing trends. A style that was popular 20 years ago may cycle back around into today’s design. Light fixtures with Edison bulbs are popular right now. Modern and contemporary fixtures are gaining popularity due to the advancement of LED. Fixtures are smaller with very clean lines because LEDs occupy minimal space but still provide an exceptional quality of light. Some other trends include:

  • The Progress Lighting Dance collection displays an imaginative design, complete with dancing glass beads and polished stones.

    Gold is back – the resurgence of metallic tones to add aesthetic warmth

  • LED  revolution – from light performance to conveying emotion, technological varieties provide wider breath of uses and unique applications
  • Imaginative shapes – moving from functional to fanciful designs for illumination

As LEDs continue to grow in popularity, where is the technology today compared to 5 and 10 years ago?

There has been “Light Years” of change in LED lamp and fixture technology over the last few years! The quality and appearance of the LED replacement lamp has gone from non-acceptable by the consumer to one that looks very much like a standard incandescent light bulb. When LED replacement light bulbs first came on the market, they cost as much as $30.00 compared to about $10.00 in many retail stores now. As the technology and availability improves, the cost goes down dramatically. In 2010 the percentage of LED lighting used in residential applications was only about 6%. It is estimated by 2016 it will be 49% and by 2020 71%.

LED today is smaller and the components required to use LEDs in decorative fixtures, such as the driver or transformer and the heat-sink for cooling the LED, are shrinking so that fixtures can be designed to use them in a more fashionable manner.

The quality of the light has become similar to standard incandescent light instead of the blue tones initially marketed. This has made it more appealing to the designer and homeowner that prefers the warmer look of an incandescent light.

Lighting Manager Bernadette Campbell participated in our “Shopping for Lighting” Q+A on behalf of Ferguson. If you missed our previous “Shopping for Lighting” features, check out our previous articles on the most important things to consider before shopping, and how to prepare for a successful lighting remodel. Thanks for following along this week!

Shopping for lighting with Ferguson: How to set yourself up for a successful remodel – Part 2 of 3

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, Progress Lighting, Shopping for lighting, lighting designs, remodeling, renovations.

Yesterday, we launched our series on “Shopping for Lighting” with input from Ferguson Lighting Manager Bernadette Campbell. If you haven’t had a chance to tune in, we suggest you start with our first post, which offers advice on the most important things to consider before you start shopping for lighting.

As we continue our series, we take a closer look at how to set yourself up for success in creating a lasting lighting design. Today, Bernadette shares important preparation tips for establishing the overall vision for your home.

What should you do to be prepared, before you start shopping for lighting? Is there anything you should bring with you to the store? (i.e. measurements, color swatches, etc.)

Image featuring the Progress Lighting Equinox family

  • Define your style. Bring along magazine photographs, color swatches, paint chips, rug patterns, Houzz Ideabooks or anything else that reflects your vision.
  • Bring all measurements.
  • Consider the functional and decorative purpose of each light source.
  • Think about what you’ll be doing in the room and how lighting will be used. For instance, the lighting needs of a family room where the only function is watching television are different from a room where you may be reading or working on a computer.
  • Schedule an appointment with one of Ferguson’s professional associates. While we welcome you to browse, to receive the full customer service experience, an appointment is recommended.
  • Define the style of your room – is it modern, transitional or traditional? This will help pick a style of light that coordinates with the design of the room and existing finishes.
  • If you are replacing a product or two, or don’t require an expert consultation for your purchase, you can shop online at shop.ferguson.com.

Do you have any tips on how to select fixtures that match your distinct decorating style?

What is best for the client generally comes down to their personal taste and specific requirements. It’s our job to ask the correct questions so the fixture of their choice can be sized properly for the space.

How does installation fit into your lighting purchasing decision?

While the look of a light may fit perfectly into your design, it must first fit your home wiring/electrical capabilities and state regulatory codes. Two things to consider:

  • Purchasing materials online without a consultation – Many customers think they can purchase a product online to save money; however, additional parts are often needed or the parts they receive are defective. In the end, they may spend more money and time correcting problems.
  • Using a professional installer – Many times the warranty of a product is extended when a licensed professional completes the installation.

Join us tomorrow as we take a look at this year’s top lighting design trends in our final post with Ferguson.

Shopping for lighting with Ferguson: The most important things to consider (before you even start) – Part 1 of 3

Posted by kbanks & filed under Progress Lighting, Shopping for lighting, remodeling, renovations.

We’re excited to kick off a new series with our partners at Ferguson that sheds light on all you need to know when shopping and purchasing light fixtures for a new home, remodel or renovation. Today, Bernadette Campbell, Ferguson East Regional Lighting Manager, shares how to select fixtures you love, while taking into account your overall design plan. Plus, keep reading to learn room-specific lighting guidelines.


What are the most important things to consider when shopping for fixtures to light your home?

Lighting adds a beautiful finishing touch to a room, much like a vintage broach or special piece of jewelry completes the look of an outfit. Selection of lighting is an important part of the overall design plan and should not be overlooked. Lighting can also add value and security to the entire property.

When shopping for lighting fixtures, key points to remember are:

  • the location of the fixture
  • the amount of light needed by people using the room
  • aesthetics
  • quality
  • cost

How do you account for both decorative and functional lighting?

We recommend a method called “TADA” lighting: task, accent, decorative and ambient lighting. This combination of layers of light allow the proper illumination for the many different events that take place in every room.

Do you have any room-specific lighting guidelines? For example, what are the most important factors to consider for lighting your kitchen, bath, dining room, etc.?

Kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home. Utilizing today’s emphasis on LED, under cabinet lighting is a must for tasks. Recessed lighting provides excellent ambient lighting. Add decorative and accent lighting with personal design elements such as pendants and chandeliers.

Living Room. Living rooms are quiet, comfortable areas for relaxation and conversation. The room should be illuminated with ambient lighting and accent lighting.

Dining Room. The lighting in a dining room tends to be more formal. Many homeowners choose a chandelier, but the days of the standard polished brass chandeliers are long gone. There are an abundance of styles and designs available; and when paint colors are subtle and there are no busy patterns on rugs or other decorations, a decorative chandelier can add an exciting focal point.

Bathroom. Correct lighting is essential for the bathroom. Ambient lighting sets the stage to add task or accent lighting. Vertical fixtures or sconces mounted on either side of the mirror are best for makeup and shaving. Position sconces to shed equal light on both sides of the face, and 3 to 4 feet apart on the wall. Bathroom fixtures should have translucent shades to diffuse light, and frosted bulbs to cut glare.

Stay tuned for our next post in which Bernadette addresses some practical steps you can take to be prepared to shop for lighting for your next home remodel. Thanks for stopping by!

5 essentials for illuminating with pendants

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

Progress Lighting’s popular Fresnel pendants were recently featured on Residential Building Magazine’s list of “10 Awesome Pendants That Will Class Up Your Interiors.” We were honored to be a part of the round-up.

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Fresnel pendants

In addition to the list of “awesome pendants,” editor Nigel Maynard also included some practical tips to keep in mind when selecting and positioning pendants in your home. While grouped pendants are a popular design trend, be sure to follow these 5 rules to ensure a beautiful display that will last for years to come.

When planning your lighting design:

  • Identify the activities that occur in each room (reading, food preparation, hobby work, grooming, laundry, homework, etc.) to determine the amount of light needed to complete everyday tasks.
  • Consider the mood or ambience that you want to create, or decorative elements you would like to accentuate, when determining your style of pendants.
  • Keep in mind that dark colors absorb much light, and therefore it is necessary to provide supplementary light in spaces with dark wall colors and finishes.
  • When remodeling, be sure to note the extent of the remodeling and identify the existing electrical locations.
  • Also, identify which areas will serve more than a single purpose, as these spaces require more than one type of lighting.

To view the full article, click here.

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

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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.