5 Designer-Approved Pendant Light Trends to Brighten Up Your Home
1. Encapsulated Style Embrace a clean, maritime-inspired aesthetic with encapsulated lights, with bulbs encased in glass. “The minimalist design highlights form and composition, adding interest without overpowering a space,” says Wilson, who owns the design firm Form180.
It also balances masculine and feminine elements. “While it’s not necessarily dainty crystals, this approach softens the pendant and brings in a feminine component,” she says. Au courant white glass, as in the oblong pendants seen here, as well as frosted or etched glass, takes the look to the next level.
2. Fusion Fun Homeowners are opting for a more personalized, collected look, stepping outside the confines of conventional design styles to create their own. “We are embracing eclectic design, mixing style periods, metals and textures,” Wilson says. Rustic is mixing with midcentury modern, traditional is pairing with industrial, and contemporary is cozying up to farmhouse.
“Classic shapes are being reimagined with new materials, creating something with longevity,” Wilson says. Frosted glass beads and gold-painted iron, for instance, have replaced wood and wicker for a glamorous take on bohemian in the cage pendant lights seen here. Wilson’s favorite combination? “I’m in love with woven raffia lights that are structural yet organic — it’s a supercool look,” she says.
3. Lovely Layering Mix and match pendant lights for a gorgeous layered look. “You can play with exaggerated proportions, hang them lower, use longer fixtures, have a statement in the corner — you can create a piece of art,” Wilson says. She likes layering pendant lights in master bathrooms as well as in entryways and spaces with high ceilings. “At night, cascading waterfall light fixtures [in an entryway] read really beautifully, almost as if they’re floating in the air,” she says.
Petite pendants anchor the corners of the kitchen island seen here, setting the stage for two large encapsulated pendants inspired by 1940s Parisian cafe lighting. The vintage-style brass accents on both fixtures create harmony. “Find some common denominator between all your light fixtures — maybe it’s textures or a swooping curve — to make a cohesive statement,” Wilson says. “They should look like cousins; not the same but all related.”
4. Unexpected Placement Pendant lights aren’t just for the kitchen. Use these lighting jewels to illuminate areas throughout your home, such as a cozy reading corner in your living room or the desk in your home office. A brass-and-matte-black pendant brings panache to the home office seen here. “It’s really fun to use lighting as more of a statement piece, a conversation starter,” Wilson says.
She uses pendants in lieu of bar lights in secondary bathrooms and over nightstands in master bedrooms. They also add personality to kids’ rooms, with plenty of whimsical options to choose from. You can switch on this style all over, even outdoors. “I love pendant lights on a patio — add a rug and it looks like a cozy indoor living room,” Wilson says.
5. Mixed Metals Design shows earlier this year showcased the popularity of mixed metals as a style statement. The aged-zinc-and-matte-brass pendants in the butler’s kitchen seen here exemplify this trend. Matte black is also taking the design world by storm. “I’m a sucker for matte black and antique brass. It’s such a rich combination; you can go industrial, farmhouse, feminine,” Wilson says. The black tempers the glitz of the brass, making for an accent that wows without being overpowering.
Wilson also likes combining polished nickel and black. “Polished nickel can sometimes read more champagne, so pairing it with black makes it more versatile,” she says. When choosing your pairing, “take note of current metals in your home for inspiration: an accent on a chair leg, or a candleholder or vase,” she says. “Ultimately, the mixed metals have to work with existing elements that will remain.”
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The pandemic has influenced so many areas of our lives these past few months. It’s not surprising that it’s also affecting the design of our homes. Let’s look at some of the biggest home design trends influenced by the pandemic. 5. The waning appeal of open floor plans. A growing complaint with the open floor plan: It’s noisy. As many people transitioned to remote work, a lack of barriers to buffer noise became a real problem. The open floor plan combines the kitchen and living space to form one big, open room. It isn’t exactly the best for privacy or concentration. Add in hardwood flooring, and sounds can really echo. But homeowners aren’t rushing to add walls just yet. Instead, they’re turning to privacy screens to section off areas, or they’re adding in large area rugs or artwork to help absorb noise. If the open floor plan really wanes in popularity, it will become apparent first in new-home construction and then in home remodeling. In new homes, we may start to see more pocket doo
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