The National Kitchen & Bath Association reviewed 500 design entries before choosing the winners for the 2012 NKBA Design Competition, which were recently announced at the annual NKBA show in Chicago. Among these 500 designs rose some overarching ideas that seem to point to the top trends currently prevailing in the interior design world. One of the ten trends identified was suspended lighting. As the NKBA noted about this trend, suspended lighting can be used to achieve a variety of effects.
“. . . In kitchen design the result is dangling focal points that drop light onto defined areas of countertop, dining surfaces or flooring. The result can also be artistic pieces of sculpture that contribute to the visual appeal of a space, exuding light, glimmer and glitz.”
To help you visualize this trend, the NKBA singled out one of the design entries that successfully demonstrated suspended lighting: a kitchen design by Mary Lou Kalmus from the Chicag0-based firm, Designing Edge Interiors. In this urban loft kitchen, Kalmus created a focal point with three shaded pendants and complemented them with angled spotlights for a final look that is rustic-industrial while still warm and welcoming.
Homeowners can achieve this same trendy look with pendants and track lighting from Light Innovations in Little Rock, Arkansas. Shop thousands of fixtures in our online catalog, and call 888-318-1150 with questions or to speak to a lighting design specialist.