How to add pendant lighting to your home

Flick the channel to a home improvement show and chances are you’ll be greeted with a pendant (or three) hanging above an enviable kitchen island.

While it looks great, we know that many of our clients fret when it comes to recreating the style themselves. So, here’s our handy guide to help you confidently consider a pendant for your home.

Halls and stairwells

Hallways are perfect for a feature pendant, which can make a great first impression. For long corridors, you may want to install a row or trio of pendant lights or a feature pendant coupled with wall lights or downlights.

Likewise, stairwells offer opportunity for feature pendants that create a little drama in an otherwise empty space.

Dining room

Install your pendant directly above the table. Why? Other than making it easier to see your meal, it also creates a warm ambience which stimulates the atmosphere for bonding and eating.  Plus, by adding decoration above the table you eliminate the need for decoration on the table, which gives you more space for your evening spread.

Living room

A living room pendant light doesn’t have to be located at the centre of a room. Consider clustering groups of three to five pendants together and hanging them at varying heights. This technique looks fabulous in the corner of a living area in hard to use spaces or dead areas.

Kitchen

A lot of thought should go into lighting the busiest room in the home. Pendants work well in a kitchen when placed above an island bench where they can serve as decorative accents that also define an open-plan space.

Remember though, a functional kitchen needs layers of light, so combine your ambient light with downlights and spotlights, to create a feel-good kitchen that is easy to use.

Bathroom

Pendants can work well in the bathroom above the sink or bath but remember, due to their decorative nature, they should be used as part of a combined lighting plan, which includes downlights, wall lights and natural lighting.

Due to the damp nature of bathrooms, consider the materials you choose for the pendant. Natural materials such as wood or rattan should be sealed with a clear coat to prolong life. Also, in wet areas, the fitting may require a specific IP rating to meet Australian standards.

Bedroom

In the bedroom the pendant belongs at the bedside where it serves as a style statement that also frees up space on your bedside table. The key is to give the light context via the furniture around it, otherwise it will look out of place. So, match the materials or colour of the pendant with the bed, bedlinen or bedside table or chair.

Garden

Gardens can also be enhanced by installing pendants specifically created for the great outdoors. Stylish pendants can add positive embellishments and work to illuminate points of interest. Hang them from established trees to create shadows and a moonlight effect, or patio and deck ceilings to create a relaxing ambience and the perfect setting for entertaining.

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