Whether you’re hanging them in a cluster, suspending them in a row at different heights, or simply featuring a solo design, pendant lights have become the luminaire of choice in modern interior design. They’re available in an array of colours, shapes, and sizes and add a decorative touch to a room as well as provide it with illumination. If you’re in the market for pendant lighting consider the size and purpose of your space and pick you pendant lighting accordingly.
These are the most common types of pendant lighting on the market:
Often referred to as cluster pendants, this style of pendant is a great option if you’re wanting the grandeur of a chandelier but prefer a more contemporary style of lighting. Multi-light pendants feature anywhere from two to twelve lights and are connected to a central fixture. If your space only has one overhead electrical opening and you’re looking to make a statement with lighting then this style of pendant will give you the biggest impact without having to create new openings for multiple fixtures.
Layering your lighting is important and a good place to start is with ambient lighting which gives the room its general illumination so that it can be used comfortably and safely. Inverted pendants are ideal for this because they project light upwards towards the ceiling in a way similar to semi-flush mount lights. The only difference is that a pendant hangs down while a semi-flush mount is mounted directly to the ceiling.
These bell-shaped pendants project light downwards. Because of their intense, directional light, this style of pendant is a smart choice for areas where task-oriented activities take place such as a kitchen island or office desk.
Drum-shade pendants feature a cylindrical shade diffuser often made from fabric. Because fabric attracts dust easily, this type of pendant is not the best option for the kitchen where dust and grease from cooking can accumulate on the shade. Drum-shade pendants are best suited for rooms such as the bedroom or living room where keeping it clean only requires a quick dusting. The fabric shade also gives a room a softer, more luxurious feel and is a great way to incorporate pattern or texture into a space.
This style of pendant light is having a moment in interior design and is a minimalist alternative to the more traditional vertical drop pendant. Often sleeker in design, linear pendants are similar to multi-light pendants in that they feature several light sources on a single canopy. Look out for versatile designs that allow the user to orientate the light source in both an inverted and downward illumination direction.
TREND WATCH: COLOURED GLASS PENDANTS
Coloured glass pendant lighting is on-trend and suits a variety of decor styles. Brighter tones add a cheerful and vibrant ambience to a space, while iridescent and muted tones are ethereal and serene.
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