Bright Ideas for Lighting Your Kitchen: Top kitchen lighting trends for 2014

The kitchen is often referred to as the “heart of the home.” Once a room solely for cooking meals and baking cookies, this area has transformed into a special space for entertaining guests and spending time with family. Lighting is an aspect of the kitchen that greatly influences the atmosphere, mood, and design of your home.

Good lighting helps you to transform your kitchen into a functional and attractive space where guests will love to linger. From industrial influences to large-scale fixtures, learn what’s trending in kitchen lighting from Progress Lighting, a Toll Brothers vendor partner.

Industrial influences
Fixtures with an industrial flair support a great, clean-lined look for kitchen settings, and are a strong trend for 2014. Inspired by mid-century design, these fixtures are more masculine than your traditional lighting sources.

Large-scale lighting
The use of oversized fixtures is another popular trend for kitchen lighting, so don’t shy away from fixtures that make a statement. Position one or two large pendants over a table or kitchen island to create a focal point for the room, while providing adequate task lighting for completing everyday kitchen activities.

New finishes
New hardware finishes featuring warmer metals are popping up in kitchen design. We’re noticing a shift away from cooler stainless steel metal, to warmer finishes such as Venetian Bronze. Matte, antiqued, or black metals are also popular finish options for 2014.

Clean, bright lighting
Another trend we’ve noted is the use of decorative pendants and chandeliers to complement white cabinetry and countertops. Lighting that displays a clean design contributes to the bright atmosphere for rooms full of whites and lighter hues.

For more ideas on kitchen lighting designs, please visit the Toll Brothers and Progress Lighting shared board on Pinterest.

Todd Roy, Builder Marketing Manager for Progress Lighting, contributed to this story. 

 

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