Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A penchant for pendants

Good morning....about the house update. We are nearly completely sheet rocked so the fun has just begun. Trimwork started yesterday and the bathrooms are underway...finally getting to the stage where we get to look at the pretty things! I have had enough of raw wood,sawdust, and unfinished spaces to last me a lifetime, its time to button this baby up! I took pictures yesterday and will post them on my post tomorrow.
Show me a room that has a pendant lighting that isn't beautiful. I love them...... they add elegance, soft lighting and a certain sense of proportion to a room. Used everywhere from foyers, to bathrooms and kitchens, you see them in outdoor spaces too. I love pendant lighting for their versatility. In my old house, I had them in my hallway, my foyer, above the staircase and in my breakfast room. I plan to use them once again in abundance in the new house. So today I showcase all the many wonderful ways to use this wonderful lighting. I am contemplating what kind of lighting to use over my center island in the kitchen since logically speaking, this will be and has to be one of the first rooms to complete. I like the idea of a belljar pendant or a large lantern type pendant. The best part? So many manufacturers make them, that they are very affordable and can be had don't need to spend a fortune to get the look, that's always a big perk! What do you think?
(I am also announcing an amazing giveaway on Friday...stay tuned)

Pendants can be used shown in this beautiful porch, Joan Behnke
Interesting hexagon shaped pendants add interest to this gorgeous kitchen
Round globe like pendants add a funky modern touch to this otherwise traditional kitchen, Bacco
Four industrial inspired looking pendants complement the stainless center island
Suzanne Kasler used pendant lighting in this beautiful gray painted butlers pantry
Pretty lampshades over these pendants gives a warm and inviting, country feel to this kitchen, Mark Maresca
Pendant lighting was used in this grand living room on the timbered beams
Gorgeous over sized square pendants used here for this pretty dining area, Kohler
A more industrial type pendant light was used for this classic white kitchen
Skinny pendants are used strictly for effect, obviously not much light from these babies,Craig Lovell photographer
Four black pendants is used to carry the black theme and offer a bold geometric shape to the room, Mark Maresca
Pendants always look great in a hallway/public space especially in pairs, Bacco
Pendants work in this shabby chic bathroom, Decorpad
A pair of large scaled lanterns was used in this beautiful kitchen, Dillon Kyle
Oversized bamboo pendant lighting works well with this dining room, Decorpad
If its good enough for Ralph (yes Ralph Lauren) then they are good enough for me!
A pendant on a rod is another attractive option, though I personally prefer separate fixtures
A grouping of pendant fixtures  were used in this beautiful dining room to add to the Tuscan feel
Steven Gambrell used beautiful pale blue pendant lanterns for this pretty hallway
Amy Morris used these oversized pendant lanterns for overhead lighting above this beautiful center island, love the finish
Hanging pendants were used in place of sconces in this elegant bath
Black pendants were used to add balance to the black countertops, stools and hardware
The pendants work well in this industrial inspired elegant kitchen, Coastal Living
Beautiful outdoor covered porch used stunning pendants in iron, William Waldron
Love these romantic, charming shades used on the pendants, gives the room such character
A pair of pendant lights graces the sides of this Japanese inspired master bedroom, Aluminaire
A large grouping of brass pendants were used in this kitchen
Gorgeous dramatic black closet/dressing area gets a pair of pendants, Celerie Kemble
The brass pendants dress up the space and give it a little sparkle!
Gorgeous kitchen looks perfect with this pair of nickel pendants over the island
A pair of pendant lights was used as an accent,in this bedroom for drama
A pretty pair of belljar pendants were used for low voltage lighting in this pretty kitchen
Jessica Helgerson used simple modern pendants for this attractive more transitional styled kitchen
This beautiful space gets a grouping of pendant lighting which creates warmth and adds some intimacy to the high ceilings, Custom furniture
Gorgeous outdoor porch gets a pair or iron pendants...stunning!

So what do you think? Do you like pendants or do you already have them in your home? Whats your favorite room to use pendants in? Do you have a favorite kind of lighting? I am not a high hats fan though appreciate their function and lighting capabilities. I love low lights...sconces, lamps, lanterns,etc.....makes a room glow.  Love to know what you think! Have a great day.