The Anatomy of a Great Kitchen Remodel

The holiday season is fast approaching and that means your kitchen is about to start working overtime! As you prepare for the meals, parties, and baking that the holidays bring, you may feel like your kitchen isn’t meeting your needs. And if you do, you’re not alone. This is the time of year when most people recognize the flaws in their kitchen and we get a lot of calls from folks just after the holidays that have decided it’s time for a kitchen remodel. Read more

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12 Ways to Spruce Up Your Kitchen That Won’t Break the Bank

Does your kitchen look dated? Could it use some updates to make it more functional? Just like any other room in our house, as time passes it may need a bit of sprucing up. With as much time as we spend in the kitchen, you want it to be visually pleasing and user-friendly. To help, we’ve put together a list of updates that you can implement with a relatively small investment. Read more

Five Hot Lighting Trends in Remodeling

Let’s talk about lighting trends! The lighting plan is an essential part of the remodeling design for any space.  As designers, one of our top goals is to ensure that a room has adequate lighting to perform daily tasks comfortably.  Once we understand the functions the lighting must perform, then we can move on to the style. Read more

Layered Light

Let there be layered light!

Layered light is the best way to enhance ambiance and the overall design aesthetic of the spaces in your home.

Lighting planning and selection is one of the most important design aspects of a remodeling project.  There are three basic types of lighting: ambient, task and accent. Layered lighting is the design principle of combining all three types to create a balance between visual aid for performing tasks and enhancing the design aesthetic and ambiance.  A professional designer will know how to design your remodeled space with an effective layered lighting plan.

Here are the three types of lighting used to create layered light.

Layer 1: Ambient Lighting.

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Ambient is your overall lighting, that provides the most light across the widest area of space within a room. It should not be too bright, but provide enough illumination for maneuvering the space. Good sources of ambient lighting include chandeliers, wall mounted fixtures, and recessed lights.

Layer 2: Task Lighting.

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Just as it sounds, task lighting adds brightness where you perform specific tasks such as reading, preparing meals, or makeup application.  Task lighting can be provided by pendant lights, under cabinet lights, track lighting, vanity lights, or lamps.

Top Five Trends in Lighting

What’s one of the first things you do when you enter a room? Turn on the lights! Obviously, lighting is a necessity in your home and there are limitless options available to do the job.  But beyond the functional purpose of bringing light into a space, it is also a key part of developing the design aesthetic for a room. Lighting evokes personality and style into living spaces.  Fortunately, there are selections available to fit any need, taste and budget.

Here’s are the top five trends we are seeing in lighting right now.


Industrial Chic

Think warehouse or New York City loft.  Industrial lighting fixtures use raw and weathered materials like powder coated steel, wood or iron.  Pipes are a popular design element and frequently light bulbs are exposed.  Though typically simple in design, this look can work nicely in contemporary and traditional spaces.


Lighting options have expanded from metals, glass and crystal.  Color fixtures and shades are now very popular.  Choosing a color fixture is a great way to bring personality into a room or create an area of visual interest.


When we say sculptural, we are talking “light as art”.  These unique shapes and abstract designs come in a variety of materials from glass to metal in all sizes.   Sculptural lighting is popularly used in dining rooms and foyers.

LED Lighting

Functional and decorative LED lighting has seen great improvement in recent years. With better designs and greater finish options, you can be energy efficient without sacrificing style.  Plus, LED lighting offers you crisper, brighter light.  LED lighting is particularly popular in kitchens for under, over and even inside cabinets.

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lights are great for task and ambient lighting, which makes them a great choice for kitchens.  They are a very versatile lighting option in material as well as style.  Choose a sleek chrome and glass pendant for your kitchen or a sparkly crystal one for your bathroom or bedroom.


So, in a nutshell choosing your lighting is about function and style. When we know how you plan to use your space, we can determine the right lighting options from a functional perspective.   And when you work with Thompson Remodeling, we actually take you shopping to make your selections so whatever your style, we can help you make the right choices.