Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Where to use Pendant Lights

Light fixtures are seen as pieces of art. They are accessories in home décor instead of just necessary functional pieces.

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of home décor. Layers of light can enhance the space, highlight certain elements, or illuminate specific task areas. It can also create separation between rooms that have an open floor plan, or create zones within a particular room, such as conversation areas, eating areas, a reading nook, or a workspace.

The kitchen is often regarded as mainly a functional space which means it is not always first on the list when it comes to decorating. If you want to give your kitchen a quick update without a major remodeling project, add a pendant fixture or a row of pendants for a more modern look. If your kitchen has an island, pendant fixtures will add task lighting and draw attention to this popular feature. Pendants also work great over a bar or breakfast bar and they help make that space more distinct, featuring it as an eating or gathering area.

Pendant lights are also a great addition to dining areas. Update that old chandelier with a modern pendant, or two or three, depending on the size of your dining table. Be sure to use a dimmer switch so you can set the mood when it’s time for a romantic dinner for two. You might also want to use pendants over a sideboard to highlight the piece itself, or to illuminate fine pieces of crystal or china displayed on top of it. Even when you’re not using the dining room, the pendants can be turned on to show off your collection. When using the sideboard as a buffet, the extra lighting will make your food will look more appealing.

If you have an open floor plan, you can use a row of pendant lights to separate two rooms. For example: if your dining room and living room adjoin, you can arrange your sofa so the back of it faces the dining room. Place a sofa table or console table behind it and display some of your favorite accessories on it. Install pendant lighting above the table to create the effect of two separate spaces. If your kitchen and dining area adjoin, but you just want the look of separation without completely closing the rooms off from each other, consider installing a bar or a half wall, with a row of pendants above it, between the two rooms.

You can also create zones within one room. If you have a large living room, consider dividing it into smaller seating areas. Create a conversation area with a focal point, such as a TV or fireplace. This is where you would place your sofa, coffee table, a chair or two and some end tables. At the other end of the room, or in a corner if your conversation area is in the center of the room, add a comfortable chair or two and a table. Add a pendant fixture above the table to add more light for reading and to distinguish the reading nook as a separate zone.

Perhaps you don’t have room for an office, so your desk also occupies your living room or family room. If you want the office area to be set aside from the rest of the room, angle the desk in a corner, or place it off to one side. Add a pendant fixture, or a couple of them, above the desk. Since pendant fixtures provide overhead lighting, they can illuminate the desk far better than a lamp can in most cases. They also help distinguish the area from the rest of the room and create a work zone.

Pendant lights can also add ambience. To make a master bedroom more romantic, consider adding a pendant fixture with a dimmer above the bed. If you have an incredible headboard, a row of pendants above it to highlight it would be a nice touch. If you have a seating area or a chaise lounge, add pendant lighting in that area to help distinguish it as another zone. Pendants can also be used above a vanity or in a dressing area to add another layer of light, or just to give that area a fresher look. Pendants have become very popular elements in home lighting and they are a great way to give any area of your home a more updated look without investing a lot of time or money.

-Maatwerk Studio has pendant lights available in their signature color line in three sizes. They can also create custom hand blown pendants, sconces and table lamps. For more information, please go to http://www.maatwerkstudio.com/Lights.

This is an excerpt of an article from the website Essortment.com, to read the original article click here.

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