Pendant Lighting: 4 Top Tips

Pendant lighting is all the rage right now and we can see why. These fixtures add personality to a room and are a great way of making a statement while giving your home an updated look. Although they’re as functional as any other type of fixture, pendants are available in a large range of styles, shapes, and colours making them a sculptural focal point wherever they’re placed. If you’re in the market for new lighting and have your eye on pendants, here are 4 tips to help guide you in choosing a fixture and installing it.

#1: DESIGN AND STYLE

Consider the overall style of your home and more importantly, the style of the room where the pendant will be hung. Is your home minimalist and modern? Is it rustic or industrial? Would you describe it as understated and classic or luxe and glamorous? Identifying the style of your home will help you select a pendant design that fits in seamlessly while still packing a decorative punch. It’s also a good idea to go with a fixture made up of materials or shapes that compliment the rest of your interior style. For example, a concrete pendant would suit a rustic-industrial living room, while a copper pendant would work well in a farm-style kitchen.

#2: PLACEMENT

Pendants can be suspended as solo fixtures or grouped in multiples. If you like the look of multiple pendants suspended in a row then the kitchen island, bar countertop, or dining room table is a good place to hang them. Keep the ‘rule of three’ in mind when suspending multiple pendants in order to establish a sense of rhythm and balance. Odd numbers are most pleasing to the eye. When suspending pendants in a row make sure the gap between each light source is about 75cm.

#3: SIZE AND SCALE

As with any lighting fixture, it’s important that you keep the size and scale of the room in mind when selecting pendant lighting. Large rooms and hallways can handle super-sized pendants while more compact spaces call for small-scale fixtures. Pendants suspended over a kitchen island or dining room table should be measured to ensure they’re a suitable match for the size of the surface they’re placed above. Measure the width of the surface. If the table is round, measure the diameter. Subtract 30cm from this number – this is the maximum your pendant diameter should be.

#4: HEIGHT

If your pendant lighting will be positioned in a space where people will walk past it or under it then remember to allow for enough clearance space. Most ceiling heights are about 240cm tall and call for pendant lighting to be suspended about 30-50cm below the ceiling. For every additional 30cm you should add about 7.5cm of stem or chain. Pendant lighting over a table or kitchen island should hang about 60-90cm above the countertop.