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Brushed Nickel Lighting Will Exceed Your Expectations

Updated on March 22, 2011

Brushed nickel lighting is one of those final touches that you can add to any kitchen or bathroom that will really set it apart. When most people think of lighting they think of it as more of an afterthought when doing remodeling projects, but now that I’ve seen some of the satin nickel in action it has really knocked my socks off.

For example, we did a kitchen remodel that was pretty much perfect. I mean the room was absolutely gorgeous, and I didn’t think there was any possible way that the look could be improved. So I was thinking we would just throw a standard white track light up on the ceiling and call it a day. Let’s just say the homeowner wasn’t too crazy about that idea and was insistent that we use a track of brushed nickel lighting that she had seen at the hardware store. She even had her sights set on some brushed nickel knobs but I put the nix on that idea because we had already finished the doors.

Well, I initially wasn’t too happy about it because it was high time to wrap up the job, but we patiently waited for her return from the store, and when she opened that box it was a really spectacular site.

I don’t really know what it is but brushed satin nickel has a quality of refinement to it that you just don’t see with white or shiny metallic lights. And then when we installed it on the ceiling it really blew me away. I thought that I had suddenly been dropped in a five-star hotel room! What I had thought was already a perfect kitchen had been instantly improved dramatically by the simple addition of these nickel lights.  Now I'm interested to see how good an installed brushed nickel chandelier will look.

Needless to say, the homeowner was proud to have shown me something new, and I was glad that she showed me. Now, I would say I recommend brushed nickel lights for at least 75% of my clients, and I’ve yet to have one that wasn’t extremely pleased with the final look. It will make an average kitchen look great and a great kitchen look awesome. Just be careful because the metal casings can get very hot and you’d be wise to let them cool down before changing the light bulbs. They clean up easily, too.


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