Trending In 2016: 7 Pendent Light-fixtures That Are Sure To Amaze
One of the hottest trends going into 2016 is the use of pendent lighting. While they can be quite varied in shape, colour and material, and be suspended from a chain, rod or slender cord, this post will explore the elegance and glamour of the chain-link variety.
Why this particular type? Because in addition to providing light, their functional role is eclipsed only by their aesthetic beauty as they hang like fine earrings from a ceiling.
As we’ll see from these 7 examples, the skilled interior designer can use pendent lighting to magnify the decor of any home, regardless of whether it’s classic, contemporary or industrial.
1) Modern Retro
Old-fashioned pendant lighting fits perfectly into this Modern/Semi-Victorian fusion, drawing on the past with its chain-link suspension but encasing itself in a more contemporary glass display.
Surrounded by gleaming whites and polished marble, the hanging fixture’s warm glow lends the room a sense of harmony and balance.
2) Industrial Austerity
The industrial age is usually associated with cold steel and machinery, and here the pendent lighting plays right into that theme.
Notice the utter lack of embellishment and absence of colour on the chained light-fixtures. There’s no fancy enclosure or variation in style, height or distance between the four, which stays true to the mass-produced, assembly-line spirit of that time.
3) The Geometry of Light
This apartment is all about sharp lines and vivid geometry, from the planks of the hardwood floor to the thick black lines and rectangular incisions on the wall. So it makes perfect sense that the pendent light hangs from a geometric container resembling a large octahedron made up of smaller triangles.
The sharp-angled lines of the ceiling also appear like a maze, drawing our eyes along their black contours before suddenly ending at the light-fixture.
Discerning viewers may have noticed that in this overly geometric apartment, the pendent lighting has bulbs which look more like candles, giving it the odd combination of a lantern that’s both ultra-modern and old-fashioned.
4) Relaxed Fit
Classic formalism meets modern complacency. In this sleek, minimalist apartment, the chained light-fixture hangs from the balcony, perhaps because it would contradict the obvious contemporary vibe of the interior.
However, nightly conversations under its warm glow would bring a sense of rustic charm and peace to its urban occupants.
5) Rustic Modernity
A stark and eclectic mix of styles that somehow works. Here, the pendent light is encapsulated within swirling strips of wood, and together with the table and wall-mounted deer, adds a rustic accent which offsets the brick and steel of the heavily industrialized look.
The limited yet contentious use of earthy elements like the pendent lighting creates a unique space for nature in this modern home.
6) Contrasting Materials
Unlike the previous example where there were a few touches of nature surrounded by a sea of industrialization, this room is almost the opposite.
Here, there’s an abundance of earthy tones and materials, but what sets it apart is the pendent lighting. The chain-link fixtures hang from the ceiling like something from an early 20th century factory, providing a sharp industrial contrast to the rustic excess.
7) Artsy & Chic
True, chain-link pendent lamps evoke a retro or vintage feel, but they can also be quite modern and trendy.
In this example the simplicity of the geometric frames compliments the apartment’s minimalist decor and subdued colours. At the same time, the light-fixture is the most unique item in the room and instantly captures the eye.
Sometimes the pendent lighting defines the room rather than just being a small part of it.
So there we have it. 7 depictions of how chain-linked pendent lights can compliment, contrast and enrich a home’s decor.