island to sink vertical      Kitchen design projects should be fun and exciting.  But sometimes, even with the best of intentions, your DIY can suddenly become an OMG!  You didn’t measure correctly.  The overhead lights are not where you meant them to be.  And the counter stools you loved in the store won’t fit at your island.

     These mistakes are time wasters, and they can become expensive.  And we all know that saving time and money is at the top of the list anytime we start a new project!  When I realized that offering quick and easy design tips to clients has become part of my daily routine, I decided it was time to share them with everyone and, hopefully, stop at least one DIY project disaster.  Here we go……


TIP #1 – Pendant Lights

Pendant lights over an island, peninsula, or bar are used as much for aesthetics as they are for accent lighting.  There are so many styles and finishes to choose from that it’s easy to become confused and overwhelmed.  Though the most frequently asked question is “How high should it be from the counter top?” 

     You need to consider the height and diameter of the light, and also the height of the ceiling.  But a good rule to follow is always keep the bottom of the light between 30″-36″ from the counter.   Working with a partner is the best way to get the job done right.  Have someone hold the light in place while you step back to see how it looks.  Make sure it’s balanced within the space, and not so low that people will bump their head on it.


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