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The new year is all about back to basics: eating simple foods after a season of holiday indulgence, returning to a regular exercise routine, clearing out closets of everything but the essentials. Sometimes even though we think we know the ins and outs of a topic, it helps to re-investigate the foundational principles. This way, we separate the wheat from the chaff and perhaps learn a few new things in the process. So for the month of January, I've decided to educate myself on the basics of home lighting fixtures—because next to a fresh coat of paint, nothing is a quicker interiors fix than a switch-up in your lighting.
Let's start with kitchen lighting. Unless you're renovating this room from scratch, you're unlikely to change the fixtures here, but doing so can make a huge difference for both aesthetic and functional reasons. Most educational resources break kitchen lighting into four main types, but for our purposes (ie. a home decor refresh) there are two: decor/ambient and task. Think of the former as your all-purpose worker. It's the switch you flick when you enter the room and need overhead illumination; decorative pendant light fixtures and ceiling mounts fall into this category. The fixture that usually comes with a kitchen isn't generally the most attractive. Yet swap of this lighting is so fast, easy, and rewarding, you'll wonder why you haven't done it already.
Then there's task lighting. I cook a lot (and therefore do dishes a lot!) so I'm acutely aware of how lacking my apartment is when it comes to directional task lighting. I'm in the market for a swing arm or accordion sconce next to the sink so I can spot stubborn lasagna noodles still stuck to the pan. Perhaps some under-cabinet lights to ensure that I slice, dice, and julienne my veggies, not my fingers. You don't have to be a homeowner or a renovator to have kitchen lighting you love, and you can do it right now.
There's no time like the present to get back to basics!
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Anne Sage is a design and lifestyle editor based in San Francisco. Her daily interiors and fashion blog The City Sage was named a must-read by Martha Stewart Living, and she was featured in the New York Times for her co-founding of the online shelter publication Rue Magazine. She also works as a stylist and art director for brands such as Target and Anthropologie.
In her spare time, Anne is most likely to be found color coding the books on her vintage Paul McCobb shelving unit.
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