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Importance of Range Hoods

The most important appliance you have in your kitchen, isn’t the stove.. its the range hood found above your stove! Range hoods not only adds an aesthetic value to your home, it also also provides functionality and safety. There are three styles of range hoods: wall mount, island and under cabinet . Here are a few reasons why you should consider installing a range hood in your kitchen

Keeps the air around you safe
The blower carries out the hazardous air pollutants (ex. carbon dioxide), smoke, grease and steam and carries them out of the house through the air duct.The range hood acts as a filter that clears the air in the kitchen and in the surrounding rooms to protect people from eye, nose, and throat irritation, as well as carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Keeps the kitchen cool
Range hoods cool down the cooking area by filtering away the smoke and the steam

Additional Lighting
Ranges typically come equipped with an overhead light which illuminates the cooking area making it easier to cook.

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Helps keep the kitchen clean
Without a range hood, grease and excess moisture in the air coats the stove and cabinets with a sticky film. Using a range hood while cooking helps prevent the residue from attaching to kitchen surfaces. Also, reducing exposure to grease and moisture helps prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.

Increases Comfort
Range hoods reduce the odors, steam and stuffiness that typically make cooking uncomfortable. With a ducted range hood, air pollutants are eliminated and you can cook in comfort

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Tips to Lighting Your Bathroom

A common mistake most people make is that they only have one light source for a the bathroom, which while may be bright, but causes shadows. For bathrooms it is important that the lighting is layered. Layered lighting important in a bathroom because so many different tasks are done in a bathroom. Bathroom lights need to deliver the right amount of surface light that reflects off surfaces at the correct angle to eliminate glares and shadows.

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Grooming is the primary task in a bathroom, so vanity lighting should be considered first. Also, recessed lighting for the shower areas should be considered to give off the appropriate light. After picking the right task lights, ambient and accent lighting should also be added to complement the design of the room and all the other bath and light fixtures.

 

Bathrooms should have lights that imitate natural sunlight. Check for the Coloring Rendering Index (CRI) rating, anything above 80 shows colors as they appear in natural sunlight. Traditionally, halogen lights are used in bathroom fixtures, but LED lights can be substituted as an energy-efficient alternative.

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Bathroom fixtures are bound to be exposed to condensation, moisture and liquid. It is important to make sure that the fixtures used have the correct UL rating. UL Damp and UL Wet are the appropriate for bathrooms. UL Damp are for fixtures that do not have a direct contact with water, such as vanities. UL Wet are for fixtures that come in direct contact with a stream of water, typically lights in bathrooms.

 

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Illuminating Illusions: Quick Fixes for Cramped Spaces

Does your room seem smaller than it actually is? A quick way to create the illusion of space is to play with the lighting. Here are some tips to help.

INCREASE THE NATURAL LIGHT
One of the more permanent, but also more aesthetically pleasing, fixes is the increase the natural light through the addition of windows and/or skylights. Essentially, this allows for dispersed light instead of direct light, which eliminates shadows and reduces strain on the eyes. 4

INSTALL PENDANT LIGHTS
Another method is to install pendant lighting in place of table and floor lamps. The functional aspect of pendants is that they clear up valuable floor and table space. Also, pendant lights draw eyes upwards, which creates the illusion of more vertical space. Pendant lighting is much more delicate and reduce the large blocky forms that would distract the eye from the overall harmony from the room. 5

USE MIRRORS
The use of mirrors is a classic trick to create depth in a room. Mirrors reflect light and color to make rooms bigger. Mirrors themselves can add a certain joie de vivre to the room *Tip use a focal point and angle the mirror towards it to create depth. 6

SMALLER LIGHT FIXTURES
One last tip is to replace large overhead fixtures with several smaller lighting elements to create movement in the room as the eye travels. Large overhead fixtures tend to draw the eye to one spot, which makes the room seem smaller. 7

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THE RIGHT LIGHT FOR THE RIGHT SPACE

One of the most important elements to take into consideration when designing your home is lighting! If you’re at a loss in figuring out what type of fixture would fit your space best, just consider the function of the room.  Functionality can be designated as general, task or accent.

General Lighting – provides an area with an overall illumination. It helps zone the space and provide a comfortable level of brightness to see and walk safely.
Suggestions: Recessed or Track Lighting and Chandeliers 1

Task Lighting – provides light that helps you to easily see what you’re working on when focusing on a specific job (ie; cooking, reading, work etc.)
Suggestions: Pendant Lighting, Table Lamps, Floor Lamps 

Accent Lighting – brighter than general lighting, its purpose is to highlight an area in the room by creating visual interest.
Suggestions: Wall Sconces, Recessed or Track Lighting 9171dbb5cb40

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Choosing the Proper Foyer Fixture

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It is imperative to have a properly lit foyer, as it is the first part of the home that guests see upon walking in. Choosing the proper foyer fixture is actually quite simple.

Fixture Height – In general, it is best to leave roughly 84″ from the bottom of the fixture to the floor. If your ceilings are below 84″, then try a flush-mount or recessed lighting fixture.

Fixture Width – In order to find a fixture with the proper width, simply add the length and width of the space the fixture is to occupy. For example, if your space was 12 feet wide and 10 feet long, the proper width for your fixture would be 22″ (12 + 10).

Style – Consider the overall style of both your home, and the entry. It should match any underlying themes of your decor and personal style.

I don’t see boundaries between styles, such as modern or contemporary. I’ve collected each piece from a different experience or period of my life. — Fashion Designer Carlos Miele