Design Matters | Pendant Lighting

Choosing lighting fixtures for a room can be  a daunting task. With the huge amount of available options, it is difficult to even decide on a direction for lighting. Pendant lights are a versatile choice that can make an enormous impact on a space. Here are some directions to take with pendant lights.

Urban Homestead contemporary kitchen

Contemporary kitchen design by Austin architect Tim Cuppett Architects

Over a kitchen island.

This is by far the most common use for a pendant light. It illuminates the island top and establishes the island as the focal point for the kitchen.

Huntington Beach contemporary bedroom

Contemporary bedroom design by Los Angeles interior designer Michael Fullen Design Group

Pendants at nightstands.

This is a less common use, but a great way to reduce clutter on the nightstand and create a vertical connection in the room.

A Ranch Re-dressing Hanover NH contemporary entry

Contemporary entry design by Burlington architect Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Hallway pendants.

Placing repetitive pendants along the length of a hallway can help lower the ceiling and add interest to an often overlooked space.

Dining Room contemporary dining room

Contemporary dining room design by minneapolis architect Murphy & Co. Design

Random Pendants

Randomly placing pendant lights in any room is a sure-fire way to add interest and excitement.

LaFrance Residence modern kitchen

Modern kitchen design by Atlanta architect West Architecture Studio

Pendant cluster.

Why use one pendant when you could use many? Creating a large group of pendants turns them into essentially one large, interesting pendant.

new project contemporary powder room

Contemporary powder room design by San Francisco interior designer Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Vanity pendant.

If you have limited wall space or need to balance the composition of the wall in you're bathroom, a pendant or two may be the perfect solution for you.