It's all about the placement. Using a pendant in a living room, kitchen, dining or bedroom can direct lighting where you need it and make a big impact. Choose lighting with your home's colour, texture, palette and decorating style foremost in your mind and remember to consider scale - an oversized light looks fabulous as a feature but can dominate a space if other pieces around it aren't in some way supportive of the piece.
Here are ten ways to achieve pendant perfection.
1. Wood pendant light
Keep is simple to make a statement. Timber dome pendants are the hero of this kitchen, reflected in the timber bar stools.
2. Cage pendant
Rattan is all the rage and an easy and affordable way to bring this trend into your home decor is using woven pendant lights.
3. Matt black pendants
Particularly successful in a light, bright kitchen space, a pair of matt black pendants are used here to great effect - working beautifully to reflect the matt black tapware and sink.
4. The modern pendant
Porcelain is a beautiful material for lighting due to its semi-transparent properties. These dome pendants over the kitchen island bring a welcome handmade material to a functional space.
5. The glass pendant
A clear glass pendant light is a winning solution in the kitchen as it provides "negative space" - a decorative element without taking up space visually and allows for maximum radiance. This trio make an impact but allow the eye to travel through to the cabinetry beyond, keeping the look crisp, clean and functional.
6. Instead of table lamps
Where space is an issue - particularly at the bedside, small pendant lights to illuminate your bedroom for reading are a perfect solution.
7. Light pendant
Light in weight, press a simple woven pendant into service where it may be knocked or there's a lack of overhead structural support.
8. Industrial pendant
Vintage or new, a metal pendant light brings in the lovely patina of age, especially in a newly built home.
9. New arrivals
With pendants now featuring in prominently as ceiling lights for any and every room in the house there are countless new styles, colours and materials constantly coming into market. With the addition of technology such as LED globes, traditional pendants can take on new appeal in terms of efficiency and affordability.
10. Australian style
The natural light that floods homes in Australia often calls for unique lighting requirements and in most cases a combination of floor lamps, wall lights and pendant lighting work together to create zones and offer flexibility for task and ambient lighting.
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