Decorating with Pendant Lighting

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Decorating with Pendant Lighting

Staff Writer · Sep 29, 2010

Pendant lighting can provide both decorative lighting and task lighting for apartment dwellers. Therefore, it supplies a practical yet stylish way to decorate your home. The lights, which are suspended from the ceiling, can be used in a number of areas, including the dining area, kitchen, over a desk or in the bedroom. The lights use halogen, incandescent and energy efficient fluorescent bulbs and are available in a variety of designs to suit individual decorating needs.

Assess Where You Can Best Use Pendant Lighting

If you’re considering the use of pendant lighting in your apartment home, you’ll first need to ask yourself how and where you want to use it. Consider the architectural elements, furniture and artwork that you have in your apartment. Also, do you want lights that are modern, transitional or traditional? Think about how pendant lighting will work with the other lighting you have already in place.

Using Pendant Lighting in the Kitchen

Pendant lighting is the perfect type of illumination to use in the kitchen as this is the area where task lighting is a necessity. Therefore, pendant lamps can be installed over counters and above breakfast bars and islands. Use three small pendant lights over a breakfast bar or suspend one larger pendant light above a small dinette.

Highlighting the Dining Area

Update a chandelier with a modern style pendant light. For a long table, use 2 or 3 small pendant lights to highlight a dining set. Or, you can use a couple pendant lights to accentuate a sideboard and the china displayed on it. If you use the sideboard as a buffet, the extra pendant lighting will make the food appear more appetizing as well as add a nice ambiance to the dining room. Mount a single pendant light about 2 to 3 feet above the area you wish to light. Smaller pendants should be installed about a foot and a half to 2 feet above a surface where light is needed. Lights come with adjustable rods and chains to help in this regard.

Creating a Soft Atmosphere

Use pendant lighting that is controlled with a dimmer to create nice, soft lighting in the bedroom. Or, use several rows of pendant lights over a headboard you want to emphasize, such as one made of rich woods or intricate designs. Pendant lights can also be placed instead of table lamps over bedside tables to free up space.

Using Pendant Lighting in an Open Floor Plan

Pendant lights work out quite well in open floor plans where they can be used to highlight work zones or create a separate space. You can distinguish areas, for instance, in an open floor plan by placing a large pendant light over furniture, such as a TV, sofa, coffee table, chairs and  end tables. Create another area in the same room by placing a pendant lamp over an end table next to a chair, thus distinguishing this spot as a space used for reading.

As you can see, pendant lights are a great way to provide illumination in various areas of the home. Stagger the lights for effect or place them in a row. No matter what style you choose or how they’re installed, pendant lights provide a reliable way to light and decorate your apartment at a reasonable cost to you.

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