How to Choose Ceiling Lights
It’s important to remember: Ceiling light dimensions should be proportionate to the size of the room and the scale of its furnishings. In addition, think about the shape and material of the piece so that it complements your interiors. Designer ceiling lights are available in a wide range of styles — from traditional, like a pendant light fixture with a drum shade, to modern, like a geometric chandelier rendered in polished aluminum.
For a small room, or even a room with low ceilings, such as an office or powder room, consider a minimalist ceiling light that creates a warm glow. Similarly, a small-scale sculptural lamp that mounts flush with the ceiling is a perfect choice for smaller spaces.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for light fixtures for a living area, formal dining room, or kitchen, opt for a pendant or chandelier with multiple bulbs. Consider hanging matching pendants over a long rectangular or oval-shaped dining table. A larger space not only needs more light, but also requires a larger fixture that doesn’t get lost in the expanse of ceiling.
Ceiling light design is an aspect of your home’s interiors that should not be overlooked. Give it thought, attention, and enjoy perusing the many different types and styles of ceiling lights.
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What is a pendant light?
Named from the Old French word meaning, “to hang,” pendant lights are hanging ceiling lights suspended from a long cord, rod, or chain. Pendant lights typically have one light bulb per fixture and can be used for ambient or task lighting.
What ceiling lights are on trend?
For their versatility and aesthetic appeal, pendant light fixtures have evergreen popularity. That said, certain contemporary styles, including pendants with lantern-like paper shades, globe pendants with sand-blown, striped, or colored glass diffusers, and Scandinavian modern pendants with downturned metal shades, are currently on trend.
How many pendant lights over kitchen island?
Typically two pendant lights placed approximately two feet apart will be enough to illuminate a kitchen island that is under six feet long. For kitchen islands longer than six feet, consider three pendant lights.