The Pick of Perfect Pendant Lights
From oversized to all in a row, pendant lights add statement style and a gorgeous glow
Made from aluminium, these tubular pendant lights give this living room a focal point. They also punctuate the all-white scheme, drawing the eye up to the ceiling and down to the dark armchairs below.
An oversized pendant hung over a table anchors the space and, when connected to a dimmer switch, it can provide a range of light levels to suit the mood and time of day.
A row of pendant lights hung above a kitchen worktop provides ample lighting for food preparation, especially when, as here, artificial light is boosted by the natural light flooding in from windows and skylights. Feel free to hang an even number of lights, too. Three is traditional, but four looks great!
Hung above a kitchen island, pendants provide valuable light while enhancing the kitchen design. Typically, pendants should be hung around 70 to 85cm above the worktop, or 182cm above the floor.
Hang different styles of pendants over different sections of an open-plan room. Here, a trio of pendant lights drip down from the ceiling to illuminate the island work zone, while three decorative lights above the dining table provide a visually stunning statement.
A large pendant light hung in a hallway gives real identity to this in-between space and can totally transform even the most vanilla scheme. In hallways with tall ceilings, remember to think about flex length. If the light is hung so high that it is outside the line of sight, its impact will be diminished.
Think beyond the classic half-sphere shape much used in kitchens and go for something more unusual. These wonderfully interesting pendants look like clouds floating through the room and provide a stunning contrast to the traditional cabinetry.
Instead of one huge light, numerous smaller lights strung together are a striking take on a trad pendant. They can be hung in the center of a room if there is a piece of furniture placed below it, such as a coffee table. This creates a dramatic look that is functional, too.
Think beyond the kitchen or dining room and consider hanging pendants on either side of a bed, in lieu of table lamps. This idea is practical, too, as hanging lights take up no surface area and so work particularly well in bedrooms with limited space to set a table lamp on a nightstand.
If you have the space, hanging pendant lighting at different height levels creates a really striking display, like an illuminated installation. In this double-height space, a mass of pendants create a glowing focal point, visible from both floors.