As a designer who cares about design education, experience, and eagerness to learn how to do things right I follow carefully internet images from all sources, professional and amateur, from all over the world. I put a keen eye on the lighting plan on each interior design image. There are people who scream at the football game on television. There are those that scream at the political discourse on cable news. And there is the one who screams at online interior design images because, though the overall design plan might be award winning, the lighting plan is non-existent. Too many designers + architects are not paying attention to the clients' intended use of space and the function required of light sources in that space. Lighting fixtures must be more than pretty. They must perform.
I preach daily "color is the first thing the eye perceives" and folks, you cannot see color without proper lighting. This is most worthy of repeating, "You cannot see color without proper lighting."
On my Instagram account @twowithcolor I carefully digest images discussing color, design elements, and lighting. I dissect the elements so that the viewer can learn why the image works or doesn't work. I avoid generic flattery, the word "perfect", and remarks lacking any point at all. My niche is educating those who want to know more about what they don't know.
Today I posted the image of the kitchen seen in this blog post with the topic lighting speak. I state clearly the important elements that makes this a grand example of a successful kitchen lighting plan....layered lighting, proper uniform Kelvin temperature (30K), good distribution, effective lumen output, distinguished fixture styling enhancing the1897 historic renovation, finally...a well executed lighting plan, fabulous work by Chelsea @chelseadesigncompany, with lighting assistance by Geri @wilsonlightingclayton. Chelsea's overall kitchen design is truly award worthy. She honored the home's 1897 roots wanting to update the lifestyle of the space without making it too current. Small custom-built flush mounts replaced today's standard recessed cans. Solid brass wall scones replaced typical under cabinet lighting. And, the island lighting is simply old school - white opal etched glass eliminating the glare found in the bare-bulb lantern so popular in 2017. The future owner of this kitchen will be impressed by the quality, quantity, and distribution of light in this room. Well lit rooms feel good, look good, and play a big part in selling a home! This home, located in Webster Groves, MO, will go on the market later next week.
Finally, a special thanks to Chelsea for sharing this historic renovation. I respect a designer eager to learn how to execute a good lighting plan. (photo by Emily Rose Studios)