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Dreamy Kitchen Lighting

Often the difference between a utilitarian kitchen and one that's the heart of the home is well-planned lighting. Top experts share what's gorgeous and trendy in luxury kitchen lighting.

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"Layered lighting can be used to supplement the intensity of light or to overlap fields of light, creating interesting shadows and manipulating the dimension of areas the light is directed toward," explains Serra. "Lighting, when layered, can add a wonderful dimension of shadows and color to feature and enhance natural characteristics of woods, stones and metals.

In many kitchen designs, a focal point is a prominent feature of the space and lighting can immediately focus attention to one or more special areas to guide the eye into the design." Here, recessed lighting, accent lighting, over-counter task lighting and pendants work together for a welcoming, warm result. Photo courtesy of Susan Serra.

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