Types of Pendant Lights

Pendant Lights
A pendant light is a type of ceiling lamp that is hanging from the ceiling above your dining table, kitchen, living room, etc. Pendant lights have become quite popular recently. There’s just something about overhanging lights that homeowners are quickly rediscovering. This type of light is no longer associated with cheesy or out of date design ideas from the 1950s.

Instead, homeowners are becoming more experimental. They’re definitely wandering far away from the traditional interior decoration comfort zone. It is not a surprise that pendant lights are making quite a bit of a comeback.

However, instead of the old 1950s kitschy designs and sensibilities, they’re coming back on their own terms. In other words, if you’re looking to bring light fixture into any kind of interior space, pendant lights can give you a head start because they have such a dramatic effect as you try to renovate the overall look of your home while at the same time trying to modernize and make that interior room look up to date.

Here are just some clever ideas that you can use when it comes to putting in pendant lights.

Quirky Dome

This type of pendant light can be done on a DIY or do-it-yourself basis. All you need to do is to get a wicker basket, a colander, a mason jar, or any hollow vessel. You can put it over any room depending on the design you picked out. There’s a wide variety of LED lights that you can use as the lighting element.

The key here is the covering. So whether it’s a wicker basket, a colander, a mason jar, or any other hollow vessel, make sure that it looks good. You can pick it out for your pendant light and the overall theme of the room must fit.

The idea is to come up with something quirky, but not so tacky or over the top that it just doesn’t work.

Classic Cluster

One pendant light is already beautiful. But can you imagine if there’s a whole bunch of them cobbled together? It’s definitely going to be a sight to behold. This is what you get when you create a classic cluster pendant light.

Pick out a cluster that features light bulbs in varying heights to create a unique look. Again, look at the overall design as well as the functionality of the light produced. This way, you can come up with the right match to fit the needs of any interior space in your home.

Industrial Fixtures

Edison bulbs have been making quite a comeback lately. These are really old looking and have a retro sensibility. It’s no surprise that they are quite popular because they give a vintage charm to any kind of interior space in your home.

You can choose one with detailing and iron shades. You can mix and match different industrial elements and touches so you can achieve a retro look while at the same time highlighting whatever is modern or up to date in your interior space.

Abstract Design

There are flower-like pendant light pieces that you can check out in any lighting store. They typically come in solid colors and would function as a decorative piece in any room as well. Because of their design, they will also be a focal point or conversation-starting centerpiece if placed strategically.

You probably would need to move this piece several times until you get to the right sweet spot. The key is to keep moving it around and keep experimenting and mixing and matching until the abstract design elements really supplement the overall mood created by the lighting in your room.

Perforated Globe

This is a classic do-it-yourself pendant light idea. What you do is you take any kind of a medium-sized globe and perforate it so that there are 2 pieces of plastic bowls that are painted over with your preferred choice of color.

A classic color like blue or black would look good on this punctured pendant light. Again, it all depends on the overall look you’re trying to achieve. You might need the second opinion of a friend or relative to give you an outside perspective on whether the perforated globe that you created actually works in that specific room.

Drum Shades

You can employ shades that are covered with a fabric of your own choice. You can be as bold as you want to be or you can be a little subtle about it. You have a lot of space to play with. It’s a good way to introduce color and pattern to any room.

Again, don’t feel that you’re stuck with a particular design. Feel free to change the outer covering until you come up with something that actually fits.

Nautical Light

This pendant light has something that’s close to an industrial look. A nautical light will remind you of a day on the beach or on board some sort of cruise ship. They usually come in a metallic finish and has a reflective covering for the light.

Glowing Orb Lights

If you want to flood a room with sufficient light, you can use glass orbs that will look good on a kitchen counter. There are many different designs for glass orbs, but they all boil down to thin glass with the right orb design.

This small section in your kitchen needs adequate lighting as you work to prepare your dishes, but glowing orb lights can also be a conversation starter in their own right.

Bentwood Sphere

Another DIY project you can try is a bentwood globe with light inside flowing through the slim openings. This creates a cozy and natural look for your home.

Vintage Metal

If you have a bowl that you bought from a thrift store or garage sale for as little as $3, you can actually turn it over and upside down. Install some lights and voila! You have yourself a brass pendant light that is ultra-chic while at the same time has that retro or vintage look to it.

This will look good in your kitchen.

Schoolhouse Lights

These are lights reminisce of the 1980s and are made of blown glass. They come in a wide range of colors that add a lot of pop to any kind of room. These colors are aqua and shades thereof.

Barn Lights

These pendant lights are wide-rimmed and come in rustic shapes. They have a gloss finish and are better suited for your dining room.

The final word

Pendant lights can add a lot of personality in any kind of interior space. Do yourself a big favor and do a lot of research in advance so you can see which particular design or layout will work the best for the room that you’re trying to renovate.