Pendant Lights are a brilliant way to add a unique and personal touch to your home or business and the options available today are almost limitless. Here's seven ideas for using pendant lights to get you started.
Pendants lights make a bold and trendy statement when they are in groups or “clusters”. You could try a group of two of three over the kitchen bench to light up your prep area. Or you could make a feature of pendant lights in your bathroom above your mirror.
When grouping pendants together, you don’t necessarily need to use the same lights, but if you do, it will have quite an effect -imagine 3 Milano Black Pendants Lights in a row in your kitchen.
Alternatives to using the same light include using a similar colour, for example, all brass pendants; using the same pendant light, but a different size, think small, medium, large; or making a feature of the shape of the pendant, for example a group of round pendants.
If you can’t choose which lights to put together, you can buy them already grouped – check out the Kluster Pendant Light.
Think about heights as well, most pendant lights are adjustable and a brilliant way to arrange a clustered arrangement is to have each pendant shade hanging at a different height.
Naked globes can be a feature in and of themselves. By taking away the shade and having just the globe on show, the light itself becomes the feature.
Vintage style carbon filament globes have been popular for some time now and are very easy to source. These globes are available in a range of shapes and sizes. They are designed specifically for the globe itself to be the feature of the light they are used in.
This minimalist industrial look can compliment a range of interiors. Modern, clean lines will benefit, as will rustic steel and wood. If you are worried that it might look dull – you could always use some coloured fixtures, or adjust the lengths of the hang to draw the eye.
You really have so much choice when it comes to naked globes, it would be hard to find a reason not to have one in your home. Check out the Philly Pendant Light for a cluster of naked globes, or the Bistino Small Silver Industrial Pendant Light for a smaller single naked globe.
Pendants can be a feature in all of the rooms in your house. Perhaps not all at the same time, but certainly any room. Your bathroom may benefit from a pendant light on each side of the mirror, perhaps in the same colour as your drawers or tiles. Or you could use an accent colour like red or black.
Try putting pendants in your child's bedroom, one that matches their personality. There is a pendant light to match every decor, every mood, every situation.
Remember, pendant lights are one of your opportunities to let your personality and style shine throughout your home. For example, The Baja Brown Cane Pendant Light may just be be the perfect light for your indoor outdoor room.
You can use pendants to your advantage if you want to zone an open plan area, or you want to have different levels of light in a smaller room.
In a living room for example, you may use a pendant like the Shadow Black and Gold Pendant Light in Large over the couch area, a lamp near a reading chair and an overhead light near you doorway.
This can work very well in a nursery, where having dim areas and brighter areas for different tasks like feeding and changing are essential. Find out more about nursery lighting.
Glitz doesn’t need to be limited to chandeliers – you can have all the glitz and glam you want with pendants. Think gold or silver fittings and glass shades. Choose pendant lights which have an inner and an outer shine.
Adding glitz to your bedroom can make the transformation to a boudoir – imagine how good the Azalea Faux Crystal Pendant Light Large would look above your bed.
Or consider the Espel Smoked Glass Pendant Light - hung in a bathroom with black and white tiles a light like this could add the finishing touch to pure luxury. (Remember in a bathroom, steam and moisture can rule out some pendants, like those made from wood).
Stairs are a great opportunity in any home to have a long and/or large pendant light. This is one spot where you will definitely have a high roof so you be as flamboyant as you like when choosing your pendant.
Practically, stairs do need to be well lit to reduce the chance of tripping, so don’t choose a pendant that is too dim, or ensure that you combine your feature pendant with a series of downlights or other light sources.
Design wise, make sure the pendant you choose fills up the space well. If it is too small, you will run the risk of it being seen as an afterthought, or insignificant.
Yes, brass pendants look amazing. Yes black pendants compliment a modern room. But pendants come in a range of colours as well as shapes and sizes. Don’t limit yourself to plain colours when choosing your new pendant, or even cluster of pendants.
Your hanging lights can be a feature in and of themselves, and having a few in bold colours can look great. The Red Artik Round Globe Pendant Light is a strong red choice for eye catching colour, while the Brighton Pendants light have a bright orange or a chilled blue for you to choose from.
Have you got any great ideas for using pendant lights? Or any great examples that you already put to use? Let us know all about it by leaving a comment, we'd love to hear about it.
The simple answer to this question is yes. You definitely should.
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