It's increasingly common to see wall-mounted light fixtures in the kitchen. A decorative supplement to—not a substitute for—dedicated task lighting, they can really enhance the ambience of the room. Of course, if you're the adventuresome type, installing a sconce of contrary character [like this contemporary model in a traditional setting] can brighten the space in a very different way. shadesoflight.com
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.