Impress your guests with jewelry for your home in 3 easy steps

Designers tend to talk about the importance of “good lighting,” but what makes it good? “Thoughtful lighting can make everyone, and everything, look more attractive. When you’re shopping, remember that the bulbs you choose can dramatically change the look of your fixture” – Jennifer Kis

  • Our very own Key Account Marketing Manager Jennifer Kis recently sat down with Build.com’s Alyson Kuhn to share her insights about lighting in the context of entertaining. Read on to hear from Jennifer on how to illuminate your home in a way that brightens your home this holiday season.

Marque Hall and Foyer Application

  • Step 1: Make a First Impression
  • A first impression often starts with the entryway of your home. Your entryway welcomes guests and sets the tone, previewing the look and feel of your entire home. Layered lighting – having more than one source and level of light – makes your entryway inviting. According to Jennifer, you want your home to be bright enough when you and your guests enter. You can accomplish this through a dramatic ceiling light, accented by wall sconces used to illuminate art objects, a collection of pictures, or maybe even your wallpaper.
  • Don’t forget to add the dimmers to up the ambiance factor!
  • Furthermore, outdoor lighting is an extension of your entryway. It can create a focal point when you’re looking out, as well as when guests are arriving or leaving.

Orion Kitchen

  • Step 2: Choose Appetizing Lighting
  • Your kitchen is both a workspace and entertainment area. A combination of task lighting and ambient lighting can actually make your kitchen feel more spacious. The key to kitchen lighting is to avoid creating shadows. Since most of your work takes place at the counters, undercabinet lighting is a must – and also can contribute to the overall ambiance of the kitchen. Supplement these fixtures with ceiling-mounted or recessed fixtures, or a row of pendants over the island.
Project completed by Mary DeWalt Design Group
Project completed by Mary DeWalt Design Group featuring Nissé
  • Step 3: Define Your Dining Area with Light
  • Lighting can define dining areas – especially when a ceiling fixture is used as a focal piece. A larger fixture can be wonderful in a small room. When you think about switching out a light, also think about redirecting the illumination.
  • To read the full interview, be sure to check out the Fall 2015 issue of the Build.com catalog.