How to Choose the Right Pendant Light for Your Home

Pendant lights are the perfect way to add a statement to a room, or an easy way to transform the look and feel of a bland space. Pendants not only provide excellent illumination they can add a focal point to a room or add an additional lighting layer that can change the ambience of a room at the flick of a switch. Ranging in size and shape there’s a pendant that will compliment any architectural style from modern to industrial, classic and coastal. With so many options available how do you pick which one is best for your home? Let’s have a look at a few questions you can ask to help pinpoint which pendant is best for you.

What is the purpose of the pendant?

It’s important to understand what the main function of the pendant light will be. Will it be used for general, overall light to fill the entire space? Or will be it be used as a directional or task light?  If you’re looking for general lighting, consider a pendant with a glass or cage shade where the bulb is exposed, to allow the light to bounce around the room from all directions.  For spaces where you need a bit more intensity, choose a pendant with a shade that will navigate all the light downwards and create concentrated task lighting. By having a clear understanding of the primary use of the pendant it will help to narrow down your selection.

What is the size of the space where the pendant will be hung?

The first step to choosing a pendant is knowing the measurements of the space you are working with.  This means the ceiling height, overall size of room and dimensions of furniture or surfaces. Once you’ve got the numbers you need, it’s time to use them to work out what you’re looking for. In general, a feature pendant should be no lower than 2.1mt from floor level (measuring from the bottom of the fitting). This makes it just above eye level. A pendant over a bench top or table can be dropped to as low as1.8mt.A pendant also needs some length suspending it to create fluidity and movement. A large pendant in particular, will look very out of place if it’s too close to the ceiling. Keeping thosefactors in mind means you may be limited to a small or mini pendant light if your ceilings are low.

What is the style of the rest of your home?

While you may like the look of a particular fitting, it may not work with the style of the rest of your home so match your new pendant to your current décor style – be it traditional, modern or industrial. Also consider if you are wanting the pendant to seamlessly blend in and be purely functional, or stand out as a feature piece. For a modern, contemporary setting consider minimalist black or white fittings with clean lines and a sleek aesthetic. For a more traditional home look at classic colours and finishes with hints of old period charm. Industrial and eclectic style rooms will accommodate cage style pendants with vintage inspired exposed filament globes. Don’t be afraid to play with colour or be bold if you are looking for a feature piece that will make a statement.

While you may like the look of a specificfitting, it may not work with the style of the rest of your home. Consider the décor and feel of your space in the selection – be it traditional, modern or industrial. Also consider if you are wanting the pendant to seamlessly blend in and be purely functional, or stand out as a feature piece. For a modern, contemporary setting consider minimalist black or white fittings with clean lines and a sleek aesthetic. For a more traditional home look at classic colours and finishes with hints of classiccharm. Industrial and eclectic style rooms will accommodate cage style pendants with vintage inspired exposed filament globes. Don’t be afraid to play with colour or be bold if you are looking for a feature piece that will make a statement.

Adding pendant lights to an area is a great way to incorporate a touch of your personality into your home, but it can certainly be overwhelming with the thousands of options available. Lighting Lighting Lighting can help with all of your lighting solutions so contact our friendly lighting specialists today and illuminate your space with the perfect pendant light.