Pendant lights (of all varieties) are no longer the only option when it comes to lighting a room in this day and age. We are all familiar now with different types of lighting for different tasks. We have recessed spot lights in our kitchens and bathrooms, under cupboard lights to illuminate our worktops, standard lamps and table lamps to create a cosy glow and ambient light sources to highlight architectural details or works of art.
So when we come to choose our pendant light it’s not just for the light they will produce but also for the statement they will make.
I always decide on lights at the planning stage so that scale and proportion can be taken into account. There’s nothing like looking at the size of a light fitting on a floor plan to help visualise the impact it will make. And I do believe that pendant lights should pack a punch.
David Hunt Antler Emperor Light
Rooms with very high ceilings can take a chandelier or pendant that is higher than it is wide. Similarly, large rooms with lower ceilings can still have a large statement light but it has to be wider than it is deep.
Elstead Lighting Feiss Lucia 3 Light
Pendant lights over dining tables can look stunning if they are oversized but remember to hang them high enough that the dinner guests can still have a conversation but not so high that the glare of the light source is in their eyes.
Franklite Vetross Single Light Large Ceiling Pendant with Black Glass Shades
Pendant lights can also be hung in groups. Three is the optimum number, and they don’t always have to be the same. Three lights in the same colour but different shapes can look visually appealing, especially if they are hung at different heights.
Firstlight Taj Lights
Three pendants hung together over a breakfast bar can look fabulous too. In this instance I would probably use three identical lights and hang them the same width apart.
Firstlight Manhattan Single Light Pendant with a White Finish and Frosted Glass
All lights are from Castlegate Lights.