Designer Series with Possibilities for Design – part 3 of 3

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

As our Designer Series featuring highlights from an interview with Possibilities for Design comes to a close, we thought it only fit to ask about inspiration.

And we were excited to learn that the Possibilities for Design team like to stay current with hospitality design trends.

As hotels are challenged with offering a “home away from home” atmosphere, many hospitality design publications share forward-thinking ideas for applications that can be mirrored in residential settings.

Progress Lighting Brookside wall sconces

Photo courtesy of Possibilities for Design, Photographer Eric Lucero

What trends are you seeing in home design? Where do you draw from for inspiration? Is it the runway? Cultural experiences? Or perhaps even hospitality design projects?

We’d love to hear from you. And we thank Doris Pearlman from Possibilties for Design for participating in this installment of Progress Lighting’s Designer Series.

Designer Series with Possibilities for Design – part 2 of 3

Posted by kbanks & filed under Bedroom Lighting, Interior Design, Lighting, lighting designs.

Yesterday we were pleased to share insight from our conversation with Doris Pearlman, president of interior design company Possibilities for Design.

As her team works to create a vision that fits with the buyer concept profile, they like to explore how to incorporate fixtures in unexpected, non-traditional ways.

We love how mini-pendants from Progress Lighting’s Dance collection are separately placed over each bed in this guest room from a recent Possibilities for Design project with Toll Brothers.

Progress Lighting's Dance pendants

Photo courtesy of Possibilities for Design, Photographer Eric Lucero

Doris also likes to group smaller pieces together to offer a unique lighting profile that complements the space.

Traditionally used over kitchen islands – or in covered outdoor areas – Doris selected our Bay Court pendants for a stunning family room application in the same Toll Brothers home as above. We think it’s spectacular.

Progress Lighting Bay Court pendants

Photo courtesy of Possibilities for Design, Photographer Eric Lucero

Designer Series with Possibilities for Design – part 1 of 3

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

Ever since we caught a glimpse of how Possibilities for Design incorporated Progress Lighting into their residential applications, we knew we wanted to interview them as part of our Designer Series – to tap into and learn from their expertise.

For more than three decades, Possibilities for Design has specialized in creative interior design and interior merchandising solutions for homebuilders in need of compelling – yet inviting – model homes.

They have incorporated our fixtures in so many refreshing and unexpected ways, and we encourage you to read more about their thoughts on how lighting complements current home décor trends.

According to Doris Pearlman, president of Possibilities for Design, lighting has become hugely important to the homebuilder.

“Lighting can change or add to the overall design in the house. Because of the functional and decorative elements lighting fixtures bring, they immediately impact the look of a room.”

A Progress Lighting pendant provides task lighting, while also enhancing the look and feel of this home office in a Toll Brothers model home. Photo courtesy of Possibilities for Design, Photographer Eric Lucero

In a recent interview, Doris also mentioned that individuals are gravitating towards sleek designs that are straightforward and have strong lines. An example can be seen below with Progress Lighting’s bath and vanity fixtures contributing to a space with minimalist undertones (also in a Toll Brothers application).

Photo courtesy of Possibilities for Design, Photographer Eric Lucero

Style guide: How to light your contemporary home

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, lighting lifestyles, renovations.

Homes that are designed with a contemporary style often feature softened and rounded lines, neutral elements and bold color. Additionally, this design style tends to focus on the basics of line, shape and form.

At Progress Lighting, we continually strive to create innovative products that appeal to a wide range of design tastes, and accommodate a variety of lifestyles. Today, we hope to inspire you with lighting ideas for your contemporary home. Browse contemporary lighting styles by room, with expert tips from our designers, below:

Kitchen

Pendants are a great way to show off your unique personality in your decorating style. This Kolter Homes kitchen features our Bingo pendants, which have subtle circular details that add playful visual accents to the space.

Progress Lighting Bingo pendantsProgress Lighting Bingo pendants. Image courtesy of Kolter Homes.

Bathroom

A traditional home would typically limit chandeliers to your more traditional spaces, such as a dining room. Homes with a contemporary flair can bring in a luxurious element with a chandelier in an unexpected setting, such as above a tub in the bathroom.

Progress Lighting Nissé chandelier

Bathroom design completed by Mary DeWalt Design Group, featuring the Progress Lighting Nissé chandelier.

Bedroom

Lighting fixtures with a strong emphasis on shape tend to fall in the more contemporary category. Progress Lighting’s Equinox collection features alternating spherical rings with bold visual appeal. Now available in a larger sizes, this fixture can create a stunning focal point in a bedroom setting.

Progress Lighting Equinox chandelier

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Equinox chandelier

Dining Room

A chandelier with clean lines and graphic details can add to the overall look and feel of your dining room. Shy away from fixtures with ornate detailing to keep with your contemporary theme.

Progress Lighting Compass chandelier

Image courtesy of Kolter Homes, featuring Progress Lighting's Compass chandelier

4 ideas that will light up your kitchen island

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

Kitchen islands are a top trend among homebuyers. Islands provide a natural place for guests to gather, while facilitating a natural flow in kitchen areas. With islands being a “must-have” for today’s homeowners, this brings up the issue – how do you properly light this area? We were pleased to hear our friends at Modernize had some home design wisdom to share. We hope you will enjoy their guest post on kitchen island lighting ideas. Which is your favorite?

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We like to think of the lights over a kitchen island as if they’re the fabulous jewelry that make an outfit come alive. An otherwise lovely kitchen can be taken to the next level of style with the right lighting. It’s important to remember that lighting must be as functional as it is gorgeous to get the most out of your kitchen space. We’ve gathered four of our favorite ideas to serve as inspiration for your kitchen island lighting search:

1. We love lantern style lighting, such as Progress Lighting’s Crestwood lantern, because of the amount of light it provides while also maintaining the open feel of a room — plus, it’s unique.

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Crestwood lantern

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Crestwood lantern

2. Pendants provide direct lighting to the kitchen island. With this option, you may need other types of lighting (such as under cabinet lights) to ensure there is enough light throughout the kitchen area. This is a wonderful option if you plan to use your island for tasks such as preparing meals or doing homework.

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Brookside pendants

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Brookside pendants

3. A classic lighting fixture, such as an ornate chandelier, will bring you back to an older time period. This style offers a gorgeous way to light your kitchen island if you’re going for a more traditional look.

4. Recessed fixtures light up your entire kitchen, not just the island, which is great for achieving even lighting throughout the space. Use recessed for ambient lighting, and pair with decorative fixtures to show off your personality.

Glass Pendants by Progress Lighting

Glass Pendants by Progress Lighting

This post was contributed by Jane Blanchard – a blogger, home design geek, graphic designer and writer for Modernize.

Home trend report: Color! | Q+A with Kolter Homes Interior Designer Alissa Bennett

Posted by kbanks & filed under Homebuilders, Interior Design, remodeling, renovations.

Keeping up with the latest home trends can help you make selections that will enhance the perceived value of your home. Today on the blog, our special guest and Kolter Homes Interior Designer Alissa Bennett shares her insight on the top home color trends (and how she keeps up with design trends herself!).

WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST TRENDS YOU ARE SEEING RIGHT NOW?

COLOR – and lots of it!  There are two factors that have always affected design, specifically color trends: (1) the economy, and (2) fashion.  As the economy improves it’s likely we will see the use of very rich and vibrant hues.  According to leading designers, we will see a strong influx of red in various shades as well as maintain a presence of cobalt blue, lapis, robin’s egg, navy and indigo.  Pantone® has also released their Fall 2014 Color Report representing the most prominent hues for this season.  Although it refers to fashion, the home building industry will see these colors translate into products which will strongly influence interior finishes and furnishings for the home.  Sangria, aurora red, radiant orchid, royal blue, and bright cobalt are just a few of the colors Pantone® is predicting.

HOW DO YOU KEEP UP WITH DESIGN TRENDS?  DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE BLOG(S), INDUSTRY EVENT(S), SHOWS, MAGAZINES THAT YOU TURN TO?

As a Florida-licensed interior designer, it’s my obligation to stay ahead of the curve in terms of trends and products.  I’m a professional, providing consultation regarding each home’s aesthetics and function. But, most importantly, I ensure that the selections accommodate the health, safety and welfare of the homebuyer.

How do I stay informed?  In addition to attending Continuing Education Courses, I attend trade-only markets/shows such as Coverings and International High Point Furniture Market in High Point, N.C.  These events allow me to see new and innovative designs and products showcased all over the country and internationally.  I also utilize websites and publications from ASID.org (American Society of Interior Designers) and enjoy the guilty pleasures of reading Veranda, Home & Garden, Garden Design and House Beautiful – I can’t resist a beautiful magazine cover!

Alissa Bennett, a Florida-licensed interior designer, is a Kolter Homes Design Consultant.  Alissa has a bachelor’s degree in interior design, and is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification.

How to create a successful lighting design | Q+A with Kolter Homes Interior Designer Alissa Bennett

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

Whether purchasing a new home or renovating your existing one, lighting is a crucial part of the design process. Lighting not only impacts the functionality of a space, but also helps further the overall style and personality of your home. It’s important when selecting your fixtures that you carefully examine both your functional and fashionable desires for the room.

Archie in Kolter Homes

Kolter Homes | Featuring Progress Lighting Archie pendants

We love hearing fresh perspectives and the latest tips, tricks and trends in home lighting from our partners and experts in design. Recently, we had the pleasure of sitting down with interior designer and Kolter Homes Design Consultant Alissa Bennett. Kolter Homes strives to offer each customer special attention throughout the entire home-building experience. Much of this is accomplished through the Kolter Homes Design Gallery, which offers customers personalized and professional service structured to appeal to each buyer’s unique tastes and desires.

Read on to learn how Alissa uses her expertise to counsel and help buys build their dream home.

Ashbury in Kolter Homes

Kolter Homes | Featuring Progress lighting Ashbury collection

WHAT CONSIDERATIONS DO YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHEN HELPING HOMEOWNERS MAKE SELECTIONS?

Upon welcoming buyers to the Kolter Homes Design Gallery, I spend time getting to know them in terms of lifestyle as well as establishing a budget for selections and learning of any special accommodations required.  It’s extremely important to assess the buyers’ needs and wants, desired color palette, and gain an understanding of how they will use their home before starting the actual selection process.

HOW IMPORTANT IS LIGHTING TO DESIGNING?

Residential lighting is extremely important and often overlooked when it comes to design.  Effective residential lighting addresses task, ambient, accent and decorative lighting.  During a homebuyer’s design gallery appointment we determine how each space will be used so that the proper task lighting and ambient lighting is selected and installed during the construction process.  Once they have moved into their new home, additional ambient lighting, accent and decorative lighting may be added by the homebuyer in the form of table lamps, floor lamps, candle light, etc.

Clayton in Kolter Homes

Kolter Homes | Featuring Progress Lighting Clayton collection

HOW OFTEN IS LIGHTING A FOCAL POINT OF A ROOM?

Many may not think of lighting as a focal point; however, successful design is derived from basic elements and principles of design that can be achieved with the use of light.  Color, texture and harmony through the use of repetition, balance, hierarchy and emphasis are a few examples where lighting plays a key role in creating focal points. For example, placing the proper light source near a wall where a texture is present creates a “wall wash” allowing the texture to be emphasized in the room.

WHAT CHALLENGES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED WHEN SELECTING LIGHTING FOR A PROJECT/REMODEL/NEW DESIGN?

Let’s put a positive spin on “challenges,” shall we?  It’s been my experience that although we may run into challenges, those challenges often evoke the most raw and sometime superior creative solutions.  With that said, we always have to consider budget and time frame.  In the case of remodels we also must consider existing conditions and electrical capacity.  As I mentioned before, lighting is a critical component.  It requires the correct type, scale and aesthetic and it can make or break the interior of a home.

Stay tuned as we hear from Alissa on the latest lighting trends – later this week!

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Alissa Bennett, a Florida-licensed interior designer, is a Kolter Homes Design Consultant.  Alissa has a bachelor’s degree in interior design, and is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification.

How to enhance safety and security with exterior lighting

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, Outdoor Living, renovations.

Daylight savings has come and gone, and as we near the shortest day of the year, the lack of sunlight increases the need for a thoughtful exterior lighting plan that keeps your family and guests safe. While the spring and summer seasons call for outdoor fixtures that enhance the atmosphere for outdoor entertaining, it’s important to not forgo the role that outdoor lighting plays in securing your home.

In determining the best outdoor lighting plan for your landscape, consider the following guidelines for outdoor safety:

  • Create a plan or diagram, determine spacing and configuration and count the number of fixtures needed to adequately light all areas of your home’s exterior.
  • Determine your fixture type for each area. Select from step lights, spread lights, accent lights and decorative fixtures.
  • Consider your personal aesthetic style before settling on the design of your fixtures.
  • Don’t forget to install lighting along paths and driveways. This can enhance the overall theme of your outdoor space while preventing accidents after dark.

Remember, a well-lit yard can be an excellent crime prevention method, and fixtures designed specifically for security, like motion sensors, can add extra protection and convenience.

Glam up your home for the holidays

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, Lighting Trends, holiday lighting, lighting designs, special events.

‘Tis the season of friends, family and entertaining! If you’re planning on bringing guests into your home – whether for an entire week of family fun or a one-night celebration – now’s the time to get your home in the holiday spirit. Stylish, decorative chandeliers offer a beautiful way to glam up your favorite spaces, welcome visitors and truly celebrate the season.

From contemporary-casual to elegantly luxurious, chandeliers are home additions that can completely transform a space. Traditionally found in the dining room, chandeliers are now popular pieces for kitchens, bar areas, bedrooms and bathrooms.

Add shades – small change with big impact.

Take your chandelier from casual to elegant by simply crowning the fixture with a few small shades or one large shade, as seen with our Nissé chandelier.

Jazz up your formal dining setting with a traditional fixture with a contemporary twist.

Today’s most popular chandelier designs merge classic design with contemporary elements. The Noir collection offers the best of both worlds. Play into the popular trend to install fixtures adorned with glitz, glimmer and glean.

Add a touch of luxury to your bathroom design.

Don’t shy away from fixtures that make a statement in your home’s bathrooms. Mini chandeliers are a great solution for bathroom settings, offering just the right amount of sparkle to create a spa-like atmosphere.

Keep it contemporary in the guest bedroom.

Wow your overnight guests by adding a statement chandelier in your guest bedroom. Our Equinox chandelier combines its characteristic oval shape and exposed bulbs for an on-trend look.

Create a contrasting look in the kitchen.

Contrast more casual looks (such as our industrial-inspired Fresnel pendants) with an elegant chandelier (like Nissé). We love the way this Toll Brothers home contrasts masculine and feminine fixtures for a beautiful, complementary design.

How do you plan to get your home guest-ready for the holidays?

The buzz on home design trends from the KBTribe

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

We left yesterday’s Twitter #KBTribeChat inspired by the knowledge and wisdom of some of the industry’s top professionals. We were pleased to participate in a vibrant discussion on the latest home design trends. From color schemes to generational tendencies, learn the latest buzz in kitchen and bath trends straight from the experts themselves!

The Buzz on floor plans: The open plan kitchen is here to stay!

“As long as people are still gathering together, the open plan kitchen is here to stay. #kbtribechat” – @GEMonogram

“Open plan is always right for foodies and fab family entertaining! My clients def want open plans #kbtribechat” – @ToniSabStyle

“You definitely don’t want to seclude the kitchen. It’s all about accessibility & ease of entertaining #kbtribechat” – @CambriaQuartz

“Today’s open plan living demands more ~ kitchen required to fulfill desires for all who use the space! #kbtribechat” – @TheWoodKey

The Buzz on color trends: Black, White and Gray

“Black cabinets may be elegant, but they aren’t practical. White is still top. #kbtribechat” – @ChervinKitchen

“Gray is a popular cabinet color! We find it used more often than black.” – @cabinetmakers

“On our end we see lots of great new blue combinations, Indigo and warm grey or with a splash of bright colors #kbtribechat” – @Modenus

“Black is the new black but I think gunmetal is on the horizon. RT @KBtribechat: #kbtribechat Q2) Is black the new white for trophy kitchens?” – @DesignMilk

The Buzz on generational tendencies: Millennials

“Our younger generation clients are very specific and knowledgeable about their tech wants and needs. #kbtribechat” – @GEInteriors

“There is definitely a difference between how generations shop. Younger generations go online. #kbtribechat” – @TecHomeBuilder

“New gens seem to have very personalized styles and are willing to take risks with design. #kbtribechat” – @HomeAdvisor

“At the end of the day most ppl want the same thing – a design that tells their own story. #kbtribechat” – @BinnsDesign

Our take on it all?

“As a rule of thumb, ‘Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style.’ #kbtribechat” – @ProgressLTG

We hope you’ll join in the conversation with the KBTribe, Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. EST!