Although they are typically seen in the kitchen or living areas, interior design gurus are putting pendants elsewhere in the home to great effect. They can be used solo or in combination, and are a playful space saver. Hang one either side of the bed to add some character to the master bedroom, or my personal favourite is to hang several at staggered heights in the hallway for a dramatic entry point.
Premium London lighting store Geoffrey Harris sells a variety of styles and sizes of suspension lamps to help you transform your space. My favourite pendant lights — and how to use them– are listed below.
The vibrant orange of the Danish classic Semi lamp by Gubi adds warmth to a room, and looks just as great in the bedroom as it does in the rest of the house. Mount one next to the master bed with a matching bedspread for an instantly stylish space. If orange isn’t for you, it comes in a selection of other colours including blue and a sleek, glossy anthracite grey.
The Tatou suspension lamps designed by Patricia Urquiola for Flos are like nothing else. With its latticed armour-like shade, this swinging armadillo is perfect for the lounge or over a large wooden dining table. It provides a unique focal point and diffuses a soft, warm light.
The LC shutters, designed by Louise Campbell for Louis Poulsen, are as robust as they are pretty. These look great in the kitchen, thanks to their simple and modern aesthetic. The white version is clean and elegant, while the coloured version brings a little life to plain walls. Both versions of the shutters emit a powerful but delicate light for a surprisingly versatile ambience.
George Nelson’s bubble lamps are a feature at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and there is no reason they shouldn’t be part of your collection. Their simple, paper lantern-like design is suited to repetition, so suspend a few in your hallway to make your entryway look handsomely curated. Stick to one design (I have the saucer lamps) or mix the cigar and ball lamps together.