Kitchen Ideas

Kitchen Solutions, April 2010

Check out several of our Iron Medallion Chandelier featured in this months Kitchen Solutions!



Here’s What’s Cookin’

We love kitchens! The aromas are inviting, the warmth comforting & they’re the heart beat of the home. Even if you don’t give a hoot about cooking, kitchens are THE place to gather, converse & share a cup of Joe.


Today we’re showcasing some of our favorite kitchen lights.

Our Exclusive Antique Mirror Bell Pendant Lantern is a customer favorite. 

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If traditional is your gig check out Bell Jar Cluster Pendant

Pair these up with Engraved Star Glass Smokebell Lantern over the table for a new spin on smokebells.

Industrial decors are happening in a big way & we bet you will fall for our Screen Geometric Pendants.

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Try our Radiator Screen Pendant for a coordinating combo.

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Transitional designs glow with this Jonathan Adler Pendant & Ceiling Light.

For more inspiration on Kitchen Design visit Things That Inspire.

So now that you’re thinking about kitchens; ready to cook up some yummy treats? Check out Smitten Kitchen for picture perfect ideas & wonderful recipes.

Kitchen Capers

Our new catalog is out & we had such fun putting it together we wanted to share the fun! The  great group of Folks over at Kitchen Design Works in our home town of Richmond Virginia were so generous to let us use their showroom to feature our products.

Marvin Daniel & Brian Pilgrim, Owners KDW, Richmond, VA.

The owners Marvin Daniel & Brian Pilgrim are “top drawer” and welcomed us into their award winning showroom with open arms & “carte blanche” to do as we pleased.  We just had to let you know more about them. Marvin is the “showman” over their & he could give PT Barnum a run for his money. Brian is the designer & has he got talent! If you are in need of a kitchen makeover they’re your team.

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The tour of the place is delish! They have all the latest & greatest in state of the art design, equipment and talent.  So much to see in the showroom where they feature traditional, contemporary, transitional and “oh so hip” vignettes.  The choices are overwhelming; granite, concrete, stainless???  Whatever your heart desires is available. To help sort it all out they have a knowledgeable staff that will help make your decision making a breeze.

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It doesn’t stop with kitchens. They offer baths, laundry rooms, wet bars, closets, wine cellars & more!

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We featured our Cover products in their chic French Country Kitchen. We fell in love with the warm espresso glazed cabinets & the “to die for ” French La Cornue Stove in a very Provence mustard color.


We decided to ramp it up a notch with our Antique Mirror Bell Jar Lantern. They added sophistication & an ambience that just worked perfectly. Our Siskiyou Sisal Rug with a chocolate twill border is shown on the beautiful heart pine floor. It added an organic touch with a natural subtlety to marry up with the pendants.


Our design team couldn’t resist a shot in the wine cellar. Our Rustic Mango Wood Chandelier had clearly found a new home! It worked in harmony with the mood of the room with a warmth & glow that was magically enchanting.

KDW Cooking Class Open Kitchen

If this wasn’t enough to entice a visit to KDW’s Showroom we will spice it up with the tantalizing appeal of their seasonal Chef’s Table with Susan Eckis as your host chef. It is sponsored by Wolf & Sub Zero and is an epicurean dream of local fare prepared in a well appointed open kitchen. 

Almost forgot!!! We have the privilege of being neighbors with KDW at our Virginia Beach store. Stop by soon and see both of our showrooms. Directions

What we’re cooking up!

Kitchen Time! When we think kitchen rugs, we think heavy duty, comfortable and stylish all in one. Is that possible?? You bet!! We have some great options!!

Paula Deen loves being in the kitchen ya’ll, and with her Home and Porch Rug Collection you can enjoy the easy to care comfort of these fabulous high performance rugs.

Paula Deen Medallions Indoor/Outdoor Rug

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Paula Deen Indoor Outdoor Rug; 2 Colors Available

Our Clear Glass Smoke Bell Lantern is perfect for the kitchen, especially when hung together, in groups.

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Our Corinthian Iron Lantern pairs beautifully with the Paula Deen Medallion Rug!

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Roosters have always been popular for kitchen decor. Below are our easy care mats with barnyard favorites that are fantastic at the sink, stove or entry door.

Henny Penny Rug, Le Coq Rug

Complete your look with our European Iron Chain Chandelier and our French Country Chandelier Shades

Our Indoor/Outdoor Braided Rug Collections are exceptional for kitchens.Made of polypropylene these performance rugs can easily be taken outside and hosed down.Exclusive designs in an array of stylish colors are sure to be a hit!

Indoor/Outdoor Solid Braids Rug; 8 Colors Available

For casual sophistication, our exclusive Bamboo Tower Chandelier complements our Braided Rugs.

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Bamboo Tower Chandelier – 6 Light

Variegated Round Braid Rug: Available in 5 Colors

European Iron Chain Chandelier, French Country Chandelier Shade -3 colors

Check out our Happy Trellis Rug. This rug is great for kitchens!! Ask Katie Bower, as seen on Bower Power blog. Shades of Light Sponsored a Giveaway for a Happy Trellis Rug. Check it out!!

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Happy Trellis Rug: Available in 3 Colors

Pair our Happy Trellis Rug with our Colored Glass Trumpet Pendants for a cheerful, colorful kitchen!

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Karen’s Kitchen Pendants

Thanks to Karen for emailing us photos of her newly renovated kitchen! We love how our Vortex Pendants really adds style to the space!


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Here’s her letter…

Hi folks – this is long overdue, but our renovation finished at last and we finally got around to snapping some pics of the wonderful pendant lights that we got from the retail store last fall.  Thought you all might get a kick out of seeing them in place.  They are really stunning, just breathtakingly beautiful and everyone comments on them!  Many thanks to all the folks who opened every last shade to let us pick our favorite two.  Thanks again for all your great help!


Exclusive Lighting!

Visit our website to see exclusive lighting products that you can only find at Shades of Light!


Spice Up Your Kitchen without emptying your bank account!

10 Easy Update Ideas for Your Kitchen

    1. Paint one wall a color. Or try a gradated color on the ceiling (going lighter towards the center).
    2. Upgrade your smaller pendants with larger ones (or convert your recessed lights to pendants).Waterfall Drum Shade Pendant Light
    1. Add a large shade over the chandelier above your eating table. Shop here.
    2. Add LED lighting above your cabinets. This will make a low ceiling seem higher.
    3. Add a rug. The new & improved “outdoor” rugs work really well in the kitchen because you can hose them off! They now look like tufted carpet!
    4. Add a Sassy sisal rug and repeat the border fabric on your barstools!
    5. Recover your barstools in an updated fabric.
    6. Change your knobs (See Top Knobs Nouveau section here and here).
    7. Paint your outdated tile backsplash with epoxy paints in a random checkerboard pattern in various hues of the same color interspersed with a neutral (gray, white, beige, etc.). Here’s how!
    8. Replace your center ceiling light with monorail track. This allows for task and accent lighting on artwork, special cabinet and hood features, etc.
Lighting Tips & Decorating Ideas

Lighting Tips

When lighting up your space it’s best to always remember lighting should be layered to create balance. Strategic placement of task, ambient, accent, and decorative lighting creates a comfortable living space and prevents harsh lighting from one source of light in one area of the room.

Pendant lighting over a kitchen island helps direct light and adds style!

Glass Pendant lights, Sunspots Art Glass Pendant, Colander Pendant

Table Lamps are a smart resolution for task areas in your space. They can add symmetry in pairs and really complete the space and are functional for bedrooms, buffets, side tables & consoles.

Strawberry Fields Porcelain Table Lamp, Studded Ceramic Table Lamp, Art Glaze Porcelain Table Lamp

Take your lighting outdoors!

Slate Ring Indoor/Outdoor Table Lamp, Federal Outdoor Light

Decorating Ideas

We love how ceiling medallions will finish off the space when hanging a chandelier, lantern, etc. Did you know how fantastic they are as art on your wall? Keep them white and paint a bold color on your wall and watch them pop. Paint several medallions different colors and create art of your own – then just wait for the “WOW” from your guests!

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Ornate Round Ceiling Medallion, Gold Leaf 25 Inch Acanthus Medallion, White Sunburst Medallion

Check out our new items page!

The craftsman movement continues and these William Morris inspired mosaic pattern designs have fresh, happening color combinations. Plush wool adds the perfect touch for updating your space.


Mosaic Pattern Rug

Lantern Love Giveaway!

We are seeing a growing lantern trend. Indoors or out, lanterns add spice to any space! Don’t be afraid to use them in unexpected places, such as the bathroom or bedroom. Here are some of our favorites (and our customers love them too)!

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We literally saw the light when we spotted a beautiful antique mirrored glass hurricane candle holder not being used at full potential! Our creative minds told us that this piece would be much better on the ceiling as a hanging light for everyone to admire! We immediately got to work and came up with an ultra stylish design, better known as our Antique Mirror Bell Jar Lantern. It makes a statement in a foyer by itself or looks amazing when several are hung together over a kitchen island!

Classic Smokebell LanternBronze and Clear Glass Smokebell Lantern

Who doesn’t love a classic Smokebell Lantern? They date back to the colonial days and were designed with a glass lid to provide the maximum amount of candle light without getting smoke stains on the ceiling. Ours is a very traditional, plain glass version, much like the original…a timeless choice for a style that transcends trends!

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We’ve got spring fever and can’t wait for the warm air to get here already so we can head outside and put our decorative skills to work in our outdoor living areas. An outdoor hanging lantern is a must for impromptu backyard get-togethers or fancy soirees on the veranda! Our Richmond Hanging lantern was designed by us and crafted by local skilled artisans, practically in OUR backyard. It’s made of real copper with a perfectly aged finish and has versatile classic appeal that takes any porch from ordinary to fabulous!


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We’re really loving pagoda’s right now (okay, we’re obsessed…and not just right now!) They really pack a powerful punch and are an easy way to vamp up your style factor without redoing your whole house. Our Pagoda Lantern offers two far-east inspired colors that easily coordinate with any dĂ©cor style. This piece would be a great focal point in a decorative powder room or bedroom! And we are giving it away in stylish green! To enter, just comment on this post with the words “LANTERN LOVE” by Monday, March 30th at 8pm EST. Then go ahead and let us know what else you love about lighting and home decor! Limit one entry per e-mail address (our winner will be selected using Good Luck!

Featured on…Bower Power!

Katie over at Bower Power needed some help finding the perfect rug for her beautiful kitchen! Our design team got together and picked 3 options that we thought fit her style – check them out here. Be sure to head over there and vote for your favorite!



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