10 designer rooms with unique pendant light ideas

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Lighting can transform or destroy a space – and since we’re here to emphasize the bright side, we’ll focus on the former. Great lighting changes the way you experience a place for the better, whether it’s mood elevation with natural light, regulation of the circadian rhythm with ambient lighting with the right bulbs and dimmers, increased efficiency and increased safety with strategically placed task lighting and most excitingly, more visual intrigue brought on by eye-catching fixtures that double as architectural character, artwork and/or dimensional decor.

So, as a design editor, I’m always looking for innovative ways in which designers play with lighting. Of course, an eye-catching chandelier is always an option, but my new favorite trend is a little more interesting—not to mention infinitely customizable. And if recent examples are any proof, it seems to have real staying power. I call it the offset pendulum effect. Although there are no hard and fast rules, there are a few features that set it apart: 1) there are at least three pendulums hanging from the ceiling in a room, 2) they are either scattered in a room or grouped together in one area, but always vary with distance from the ceiling, and 3) the composition is unique, even if the pendant itself is a commodity and not a bespoke investment.

Another fun twist is the use of pendants of different shapes and sizes to play off this variation even further, but the goal is to create balance without relying on the standardized concept of symmetry as binary. Plus, the seemingly random alignment and combination makes it feel like a happy accident. Similar to wallpapering, mirroring or painting a ceiling, this trend involves the fifth wall to really complete a room by creating depth and allure from above – but this time in the third dimension. Preview the different ways designers have experimented with this lighting trend and consider recreating your favorite version in your own home.


Bedroom statement

Bedroom with eye-catching lighting

Atelier ND

The large windows in this master bedroom designed by Atelier ND and Carice Van Houten draw the gaze straight ahead, and while the forest view is certainly soothing, the light installation above makes the interior space admirable too. The paint colour, Pontefract by Paint & Paper Library, is so unique it defies definition – one of the many reasons the design team chose it and it provides a beautiful background for the pendants which are from an old church and were repurposed.

Dining room hack

Pendant trend in the dining room

Redmond Aldrich design

Spherical rice paper balls brighten this space designed by Chloe Aldrich of Redmond Aldrich Design. Here’s the best: You can buy rice paper tags for less than $10. So if you want to experiment with this trend and already have the right wiring, you don’t need to spend a lot to join in the fun.

Staircase assembly

pendant light trend

Heather Hilliard design

If you have high ceilings or your entrance leads directly to an open stairwell, consider an eye-catching installation like this one. A bold light fixture can do the trick, but hanging a few different pendants can be even more sculptural and grand. It doubles as art in a room that doesn’t offer much usable floor space for other decorative accents, while also immediately drawing the eye. The chrome material used in this Heather Hilliard designed home reflects the stairwell in all directions giving it a wild infinity effect.

Nautical Home Bar Theme

Designed by Tamsin Johnson, this waterfront home bar is both playful and sophisticated. She chose rattan pendants in the shape of sea creatures and hung them at different heights to make it feel like swimming under the sea.

courage on two levels

Courtyard with pendant lights

Karyn Millet

“I wanted to create a total surprise when you walk through the first door,” says designer and resident Eric Olsen. He designed a U-shaped layout around the courtyard that really allows the visual impact to land on the tiered rattan ball pendant lights, sourced from the Inner Gardens. “In the courtyard, the distance from the patio floor to the beams above is 20 feet. I really wanted the house to be designed around a dramatic two story outdoor area so that it would be visible when walking around all parts of the house. “You can see it throughout the house as there are so many floor to ceiling windows and interior glass walls throughout.

Open floor plan split

Dining room with staggered pendant lights

Karyn Millet

Here’s another version of the trend in the same house. Fritz Hansen’s Caravaggio pendants “are hung above the dining table in a non-traditional way to accentuate the red strings and to be a bit more playful, since this is a house full of little girls,” says Olsen.

Galley Kitchen Drama

Kitchen designed by Leanne Ford

Leanne Ford Interiors

Consider this bright white kitchen designed by Leanne Ford Interiors for a more subtle approach to the trend. Instead of changing the suspension heights, you can simply move the placement around the room. These Leanne Ford x Project62 tags also light up the galley for prep and cooking tasks.

bathroom spotlight

Modern white bathroom with eye-catching lighting

AP design house

The modern pendants above the vanity, protruding at different angles, illuminate multiple areas in this bathroom designed by AP Design House. The all-white matte monochromatic color scheme evokes furious images of lunar creatures!

Unique dining room

pendant light trend

Eric Piasecki

The dining room is clearly a great place for a light moment. We love the use of cone-shaped wooden screens in this rustic-meets-modern lodge designed by Kylee Shintaffer.


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