How to Use Pendant Lights in Your Home

Pendant lights have been growing in popularity for quite a few years now, and with the onset of trends like metallics and concrete, they’ve taken on a whole new dimension. Using them in your home can be quite tricky though and you do need to consider things like ceiling height and how the light will fan out from the fitting. It’s always worth thinking about more practical things like how to attach to the ceiling, and if they’re too heavy, you’ll need to screw into a joist for stability.

So, how about looking through some of my favourites out on the market right now and how you could use them in your own home.

Dowsing and Reynolds:

Danish-pendant-light-Facino-5As well as selling a wealth of beautiful, Scandinavian and industrial looking lights and home products, Dowsing and Reynolds also has a ‘create your own’ section perfect for creating something unique and bespoke. Choose your own light bulbs, bulb fittings, cables and even cage coverings. It’s all there in abundance to help you put a pendant together that suits your home. Alternatively, if you don’t feel confident enough to do this, just choose from their ready-made range which is equally as extensive.

Plumen Lights:

Plumen pendantIf you’ve not come across Plumen light bulbs before they are well worth a look. Very contemporary and cool, they tap into the trend for exposed bulbs and look wonderful in a modern home. Again, you can put them together yourself and choose cables and bulbs or you can buy ready-made. has a good selection of pendants using the Plumen light bulb including my favourite the Plume Pendant lamp, particularly in Smoke Blue.

Ideal for Dining:

pendant trioIf you’re lucky enough to be designing from scratch or can persuade your electrician to drop some pendants above a dining table, I do think this is where they really come into their own. If you want to make more of a statement and use 2 or 3 in a row this can look really effective now, and many people are tending to go for smaller individual shades for a quirkier look. Alternatively, if that’s not an option, try something like this example above from B&Q where all 3 pendants hang off a single ceiling rose and arm. I love this look. It’s a great way to get a stunning light effect, and it’s only £62 too.

Hallway Picks:

BHS ribbed

Pendant lights are perfect for the hallway and lovely way to add some simplicity and style to this hard to decorate area. Often we don’t need a huge blast of light in this part of the house either so a pendant is perfect for adding a subtlety and highlighting different aspects of your interior design. This one above is from BHS and shows a ribbed texture in the glass helping to blend into many decor schemes, whilst the neutral colour works with many different colour palettes.

If you’re going to order online don’t make the mistake I often do, of looking at the image and assuming you know what the size is. Always get a tape measure and make a template if necessary to ensure your chosen pendant won’t be too small or too large for your space. It’s such a disappointment when you have to return something you love.

Do you have any pendant lights in your home?