ITHINK LIGHTING is one of the most undervalued elements in a home,” said interior designer and TV personality Sarah Richardson when we met in a kitchen she designed at Toronto’s Monogram appliance showroom.
“I tend to cook more by atmospheric lighting and less by the overall ambient lighting,” she says. “I couldn’t have a kitchen that didn’t have beautiful pendant lights.”
For counter top tasks, the designer favours LED strip lighting mounted under cabinets. They’re sold in myriad options – hardwire to wire- less – so an easy upgrade.
There are no less than five light sources in the showroom kitchen, I note. “We have different needs at different times of the day,” she says. “Scrubbing my kitchen at night – that’s different than having a glass of wine and chatting with a friend.”
In addition to layered lighting, dimmer switches help you to create a different mood and character, Richardson notes. “An electrician will ask, ‘Where?’ And I’ll say, ‘Everywhere!’”
Lighting can also celebrate design features. “If you’ve invested in the marble backsplash, illuminate it!” Show off. Sarah says so. —Tara Losinski
A nod to nautical, brass sconces are a functional style element that also highlight a luxe marble backsplash.
Interior designer Sarah Richardson