4 Bright Ideas for Hanging Pendant Lamps

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Image: Mark Roper for Inside Out

I’m a big fan of pendant lights. I think they are one of the best inventions for the home because they are so functional and can be used in so many places around the house. When it comes to providing task lighting while looking great, almost nothing is better than a well-chosen pendant. But they’re not just for task lighting and can be used to provide wonderful accent or general illumination as well.

A small pair of simple, modern pendants accents this kitchen island, striking just the right stylistic balance in the space. The decision to place them close together and hang them at different levels adds tremendous interest as well.

Dining Room

Pendant Lamp Dining room
Image: Mad About the House

A single pendant hung over a small, less formal table has long been a staple of breakfast dining areas, but hanging two matching pendants over a larger table is not something you see every day. But it works, and it works well.

Living Room

Pendant Lamp Living Room

I often find that living rooms lack enough light or are over-run by floor and table lamps in an effort to provide needed illumination. Rarely do I see pendants used for solving lighting problems in living rooms, and I’m hear to say that I want to see more of it—especially when it’s done as well as this example shows.


Pendant Lamp Black Kitchen
Image: Freunde von Freunden

Pendants also provide a great opportunity to play with scale in your space. Going the opposite direction from the first examples shown, these kitchen island pendants are large and in charge in this modern space. I can’t decide if I like this treatment or the former, but what I do know is that pendant lamps are a great way to update any décor.

Where do you have pendant lamps in your home?

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