BTW, my alter-inner voice is all, "Whoa, there, Tonto. Let's PACE ourselves."
The not-so-inner voice of Ben is all, "Whoa, there, Tonto, let's figure out what this is gonna COST."
Realities are sometimes the shitter, aren't they?
Annnnyywaaaay....as I've been tucking away little morsels of inspiration, and focusing on all things from cabinet finishes to lighting options (we'll need some), I've noted a trend toward alternatives to recessed (i.e. "can" lighting) in kitchens.
Something like these....but more fancy.
Eric Cohler used something similar in a sun porch at the Traditional Home Showhouse in North Carolina. (Say that sentence five times, fast!)
Ya sense a pattern, here???
A slightly sleeker style in this traditional kitchen. I think it's worth noting that the semi-flush mount fixtures are used alone. The kitchen has a lot of natural light, but I wonder if they're sufficient at night.
Hicks pendants are nearly ubiquitous these days, but you see them used more often as accessory lights. Here, used alone. I like the solitary statement.
This kitchen really makes the point: it's about mixing it up. Focusing on tasks and choosing fixtures appropriately. It's not to say recessed lights can't serve that purpose, but that there's other, maybe more interesting ways to accomplish the goal.
Finally, this is a situation where I'd have to say the designer went a wee bit overboard with these ginormo industrial-style lights. Is it a kitchen, or a tanning bed? They could've tucked in a couple of recessed lights, and still had a strong impact with the pendants. Just me.