Task, Ambient, or Accent?
Put your pendant lamps on dimmers and get all types of lighting, i.e., task, ambient, and accent, from that one fixture.
From simple paper lanterns to elaborate caged designs, pendant lights can turn around the look of a room in a jiffy. And they are not to be dismissed as lights just for the kitchen island. Place them anywhere and they will weave their magic, and you will know this only when you attempt to break out of the 'pendant-lights-are-only-for-kitchen-islands' mold.
How do you think they can work? Where can you introduce pendant lighting to give your room the dash of style, the finishing touch, that one little thing that is missing? Let's take a look at some of the awesome ideas!
Before Hanging Pendant Lamps ...
Consider the purpose of the light. If it is going to be used as task lighting, opt for a simpler fixture. If it is going to be used solely for decorative purposes, knock yourself out.
Consider the height of the light. When placed above a table or counter, it should be at least 30" above the surface. Else, it should end at 7' from the floor. When placing for decorative purposes, as long as it does not impede movement, the height of the light can be anything you wish it to be.
Easily Implementable Pendant Lighting Ideas
If you feel like spending more time in a room (your study/home office), brighten it up with a sparkling pendant light. You'll want to go back there all the time.
Ceramic, chrome, wrought iron, all look great, but fabric-covered pendant lights exude a charm that none others can. Use them in a slightly traditional decor scheme.
And this is not all. There is SO much variety available with pendant lamps that you WILL be spoiled for choice. Add to that the DIY craze! You'll want it all, but use your aesthetic sense and this guide to tell you how to get the best of these beauties with minimal effort.