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Brighten things up with these tips from design experts.
You can have pendants over the island, or over the dining table—but never both. Designer Juli Hodgson decided to keep the sightlines clear in the kitchen itself, away from the island, instead focusing on task-oriented pot lights around the room.
“We didn’t want to wall it in,” says Ashmore of this back-door mud room area, which acts as a landing pad for a Vancouver family. A custom walnut screen separates their rack of coats and backpacks from the dining area while still allowing light to flood in. “It’s our way of continuing the connection between indoors and outdoors.”
Harsh sunlight will bleach out floors around the furniture in anything mid to dark, says designer Connie Young, which is why she went with bleached white oak flooring from Divine Flooring in Calgary for this warm, open kitchen.
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