By Nikita Sheth, Interior Design Editor
We often take lighting for granted. It is an intangible feature we seem to only direct our attention to when it is either too harsh, too dim or not present at all.
Lighting is a fundamental feature in any space. It can significantly alter the appearance of a room without physically changing it. Light distribution and illumination directly influences how we experience our surroundings.
Visibility is enhanced through light, ambience is created through light and spatial awareness is perceived through light.
Open up any interior design magazine and you will immediately notice the common application of pendant lights within the interior space. Pendant lights balance the functional with the aesthetic. More specifically, lighting designers are commonly blurring the boundaries between lighting and art. With the experimentation of various materials, shapes and types of light sources, many pendant lights transcend the function of illumination to also be viewed as a display of sculptural art.
In the last few years, pendant lights have become a popular source of lighting within the living and dining areas of the home, as they tend to draw attention to specific details. Dimmers can also be added to allow control over lighting levels.
Made from a
variety of materials (think timber, concrete, brass, copper), contemporary
pendant lights add panache and visual interest to a space, leveraging the
When installing pendant lights, be mindful of the height: if positioned too low such lights may dominate a space, but if placed too high the feature may be visually lost.
A cluster of pendant lights can serve as a sculptural feature. Further dimension can be created through positioning the lights at different heights.
It is important to choose pendant lights made from a material that will compliment your design style. For example; concrete pendants are the perfect compliment to an industrial style, whilst organic shapes align with a natural modern setting. Filament pendants, such as those shown in the image above, compliment a monochromatic, modern kitchen setting.
Pendant lights not only ‘open’ up a space, but they also free-up valuable table space, making them ideal for hanging over the dining table or kitchen bench.
Pendant lights can help delineate various areas of an open space. For example; in the above image, the pendant lights define the ‘living area’.
Soft ambient lighting can also be achieved with the use of pendant lights. This is ideal for living and dining areas, as no one wants to have a bright spotlight shining on them whilst eating and socialising!
The recommended height to hang a pendant above a table is 28 to 32 inches, but depending on personal preference, the pendant can he hung slightly higher or lower depending on fixture size and ceiling height.
SHOPPING FOR LIGHTS
Check out the following designers/stores for fashionable pendant lights to illuminate and decorate your home or office:
- David Trubridge: http://www.davidtrubridge.com/
- Marz Designs: http://www.marzdesigns.com/
- Lightly: http://www.lightly.com.au/
- Who Did That: http://www.whodidthat.com.au/product.php?product=17
- Nud Collection: http://www.nudcollection.com
- Top 3: http://www.top3.com.au
- Louis Poulsen: http://www.ouispoulsen.com
- Koskela: http://www.koskela.com.au/