Do you need to hang your chandelier or pendant lights in the center of your room? No!
Do you need to measure within millimeters the ceiling height to make sure the chandelier of your dreams will fit with your standard height ceilings? No!
Chandelier and pendant lighting is entering a new age, with chandeliers becoming more accessible and pendant lights becoming more versatile. No longer are chandeliers relegated to traditional living or dining rooms, or perhaps the entrance way. These days you can and will find beautiful, functional hanging lights in almost any room, and reflecting almost any design criteria.
Along with this new accessibility and versatility comes flexibility. Take a large open plan rectangular room. A more traditional hanging choice would be either the center of the rectangle, or, if the rectangle was cut in half, in the center of one side of the room.
This essentially allows only three choices for your new chandelier or pendant. When you consider offsetting your lights however, there is a far greater range of choice for where to hang your light, nearly endless possibilities. You can hang it in the center of the rectangle, but closer to one wall. You could put it in a corner of the rectangular room.
As illustrated above, the chandelier has been hung to the side of the main areas that people will be walking. As such it is possible to hang a much taller chandelier that would be possible in the center of this space. No only that but the owner has taken advantage of the nearby window to use the sunlight to set of the crystal pieces of the chandelier.
Instead of finding the center of the room, ask yourself what are you trying to light? Is there a key piece of furniture on one side of the room, perhaps a lounge? You can place a hanging light above this which provides a nice moody setting for seating, while using overhead lights in other parts of the room. You can use a hanging light to illuminate a special collection or treasured item.
You could also use sets of lights offset from the center of the room to make a bold statement. Do you have a room with a side table? Two bedside tables in your bedroom? Use sets of pendant lights to provide down lighting above the tables. Bright sets of pendant lights can be used above a kitchen bench to provide light for food preparation, while doubling as a stylish room feature.
Offset your chandelier or pendant light to provide a different focus for a room, light up something special, or visually separate a part of an open plan room.
For example, if you have an open plan living/dining room, you may find that by offsetting an industrial style pendant light to one side of the living room, above an armchair, you make a cosy space for reading.
Another key benefit of the offset lighting trend is the ability to work around the light already in your room. Natural lighting can also be a feature of your living or resting areas, so why double up with hanging lights which don’t take this into account?
If you have large windows on one side of the room, offset your chandelier or pendant light in the opposite side of the room to make the most of that area as well. Do you have tall mirrors? Make use of the upper area of the mirror and hang a pendant light or chandelier in front of the mirror to reflect light into the room.
Don’t limit yourself to thinking of space as only floor layout. Remember your vertical space as well. If you have an area that you will not need to walk through, you could hang a chandelier quite low. You may like to light up a disused corner of your room with a low hanging light next to a favorite chair.
Think outside the box and place a chandelier where you might usually put a wall light or a lamp.
Most chandeliers and pendant lights come with adjustable cord and chains lengths these days, which means that you can embrace out of the ordinary design ideas when planning your room. If you are unsure of what you can do with a particular light however, do check before you buy it.
Additionally, think about which direction will be illuminated when the light has been hung. A chandelier is more likely to provide general or diffuse light, whereas a pendant light will usually illuminate downwards.
A chandelier may be more suitable if you need a wider area lit up, while a pendant light may provide a narrower illumination, useful if you are lighting an area where you only want segments lit at any one time, like a bedroom, or nursery.Have you already embraced the offset lighting trend? Leave a comment below telling us what worked for you and any tips you might have for other people ready to break free and offset their new lights!
The simple answer to this question is yes. You definitely should.