Imaginative Ways to Use Pendant Lighting

Pendant lighting. How did we manage without it? We use outdoor pendants to brighten our entryways and mini pendants to light up our kitchen islands. Pendants are a great source of general and task lighting, but they offer so much more. Help these functional and decorative fixtures live up to their full potential. Look beyond the obvious to make a personal design statement, completely change the look of a room and illuminate spaces in ways you’ve never imagined.

What, pendant lights in the bathroom? We say, go for it! If you are tired of mundane multi-light fixtures, sconces and those dreadful Hollywood bulb strips, pendant lighting may just be the way to inject some much-needed personality into your vanity area.

In a small bathroom, pendant lighting positioned on either side of your mirror/sink is a chic alternative to wall sconces. Several pendants hanging above an expansive vanity creates a clean, contemporary look. Avoid using pendant shades with color. Go with white or clear to recreate natural light as closely as possible.

Hang them high enough so they aren’t in the way and low enough to provide ample light. Purchase pendants rated for use in damp areas. To prevent your pendant lighting from swaying in the breeze of your blow dryer, choose a style that hangs from rigid piping versus a cord. 

For bedrooms short on space, pendant lighting provides the perfect solution to maximize bedside storage. Get rid of table lamps by flanking your bed with suspended pendants. Not only will you free up surface space, you’ll also give the room a light and airy feel. Select pendants that offer plenty of light to read by and, at the same time, cast a soft, restful glow to your surroundings.

Living Room
Hang a large-scale pendant in the center of your living room for a stylish and functional touch. A jumbo drum pendant will provide ample ambient light when suspended from a high ceiling. Or, hang a mod, oversize pendant a few feet above a coffee table in your main seating area to create a lounge feel.

A low hanging pendant is particularly fitting when paired with sleek, modern furniture. Make sure your coffee table is large enough for guests to move freely without bumping into the fixture. Install a dimmer to control the amount of light to suit the mood and social situation.

Replace a corner floor lamp with a multi-pendant fixture. The amount of drop is totally up to you. If you need the fixture for task lighting, lower is better. If you don’t need the illumination but want to add drama, install a trailing multi-light pendant that doubles as art and accent lighting. Pick a unique design with colorful art glass shades to up the cool factor in your living room.

Many old homes have long, dark hallways with high ceilings. Eliminate the tunnel effect by installing a series of identical pendants down the length of the hallway. The look is both classic and fresh. Choose restored antique or reproduction pendants that suit the age and architecture of your historic home.To maintain proper scale, the distance between the floor and the bottom of the pendants should be at least eight feet.


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