Incorporating pendant lighting into your design can add a unique layer of light, draw your attention and can even be used as task lighting. They are typically smaller subtle fixtures meant to illuminate a space but they can also be large extravagant fixtures that make a statement and create focus. With all of the choices you may be wondering where to begin.

How to Choose a Pendant light

You want your pendant light to compliment the room without taking away from the rest of the space and it shouldn't be the only thing that you notice. It is important to choose a fixture that will balance well with the size and shape of the room as well as the object that it is illuminating. Also, consider the shape of the shade and if it will be directed to the ground or ceiling. Decide how much light you would like the fixture to produce and if the light will diffuse into the room or be directed at an object. Some fixtures completely conceal the bulb while others make the bulb fully exposed.

Once you have refined your preference on how you would like the fixture to perform you can then move onto the fun stuff, decorating. Pendant lights are a great way to add colour, sparkle, texture or a unique material like copper or wood. Since it is such a small piece it will allow you to try something you may not normally consider.

Where and How to Hang Pendant Lighting

Pendant lighting can really be added to any room. They can light a hallway, hang above a kitchen table or even be used as reading light in place of a table lamp. You will most commonly see these above kitchen islands but the options really are endless. While you can put these anywhere there are a couple design rules that you can benefit from by following.

Grouping pendant lighting in odd numbers create a visually balanced design. Of course that rule can be broken if using 2 or 4 would work better for the space. You will also want to consider how high to hang these lights. First rule is make sure they are high enough that no one will hit their head. Nothing is less appealing than walking into the beautiful fixture many times over. Second, standard height from an object is 28-36 inches and 60-72 inches from floor to base of fixture. Third, if they are grouped place them 24-30 inches apart as this is a good amount of space unless of course the fixture is quite large. You don't want these lights to be cramped but you also don't want a vast amount of space in-between each one.

When in doubt, go with what looks good. If the light looks better higher or lower while still being safe then go for it. Maybe you want to closely cluster the lights so that they touch or a dramatic amount of space in-between each one. Don't be afraid to step outside the box and try something different. The photo above Is a good example of this; its not something you see very often but it sure does look amazing. 

Word of the Day:  Incident Light

Light seen directly from a light source.  

AuthorCamille Pacori