5 times pendant lighting stole the show (hint: you need to copy these ideas)

These pendant lighting ideas are both pretty AND practical... get them in your kitchens, bedrooms and even bathrooms

Ikea bedroom lighting
(Image credit: Ikea)

Looking for pendant lighting ideas? You've come to the right place! We love a good pendant light, but they're tricky to style if you don't have a classic island you can hang them over. That's where we come in! We've rounded up our favourite ways of incorporating pendant lighting in almost every room, so you can design a lighting scheme that incorporates stylish pendant lights as a key feature. 

Check our ideas out below, then read more lighting advice and inspiration.

1. The classic: pendants over an island

Lily Pickard house: kitchen island with dark wooden painted units and bright green industrial metal bar stools

(Image credit: Malcolm Menzies ©Future)

To ease you in, we've started off with an easy one: the classic pendants-over-an-island move. Not only does this make for a great focal point in a kitchen-diner, it's also practical – the pendant lights act as task lighting for island-related jobs like food prep, and can double up as mood lighting if you're hosting a drinks evening.

Opt for a contrasting colour or texture to your kitchen units or dining table – we love the shock of basketwork against the black of this kitchen.

2. Make an impact with one statement pendant

Pendant light ideas: woman sitting at dining table with black wall, dark wood floor, large black statement pendant light over table, and white Eames-style chairs

Table, Design Shack Interiors. Chairs and rug, Ebay. Pendant light, Ikea. Flooring, Howdens. Walls painted in Urban ObsessionDulux

(Image credit: Malcolm Menzies © Future)

Gone is your average ceiling light: in this day and age, if you're sticking with one light, eye-catching is the only way to go. To make a statement, you don't necessarily need to go big – though in Scandi-industrial style spaces like this one, it can be a dramatic focal point. You could opt for a chandelier, instead, which surprisingly works in almost any space, modern or traditional – or look for architectural styles like the Sputnik-style Parity brass ceiling light, £195 from John Lewis & Partners.

Check out the rest of this moody Scandi-style home.

3. Use pendants in place of bedside lamps

Bedroom lighting

Bed, bedside tables and rug, Ikea

(Image credit: Ikea)

As much as we love a good bedside lamp, they take up a lot of room on a tiny bedside table – and if you're a restless sleeper, they're in danger of being knocked straight off. We love this idea of using pendant lights instead – not only are they practical, but they help frame a bed and make a focal point of the wall behind it. These rattan pendants are gorgeous, but we're equally fond of an Edison-style single bulb suspended by a long wire – that's industrial cool for you.

Get more creative ideas from this fixer-upper home by taking the tour.

4. Mix 'n' match with shape and height

Pendant light ideas: monochrome dining room with black table and metal chairs, a mix of black pendant lights at various heights, a white-painted brick wall and a white hide rug beneath

For similar black pendant lights, try the Biard Pegau from Big Bathroom Shop and the Nordlux Kingston from Lighting Direct

(Image credit: Kasia Fiszer © Future)

We're in love with the way this homeowner has layered the lighting over her dining room table to create a totally unique look. Want to make it your own? Choose two or three pendants in different shapes and/or colours and arrange them so that they hang at different heights over a space for an instant talking point – we suggest over a dining table or coffee table. Our go-to combo: soft, rounded shapes in shades of the same colour for tonal perfection.

Read more about this monochrome home in our house tour.

5. Opt for pendants in your bathroom

Pendant light ideas: Broch. Bathroom with marble-effect tiles halfway up the wall, a round mirror framed either side with bare bulb pendant lights, and a wood-effect flooring

Flooring and splashback, Mandarin Stone. Tap, Aston Matthews. Sink, Bathstore. For similar lights, try the Edison pendant, Industville

(Image credit: Darren Chung © Future)

Why shouldn't your bathroom be as fancy as any other room in your house? We're campaigning for justice for bathrooms and advocating for better lighting schemes in our shower spaces, right now. Chandeliers make a sophisticated addition to a bigger bathroom, especially one with a roll-top bath (just tone down the rest of the period features to stop it looking a little too Downton Abbey), but we also love this use of pendants in place of wall lights either side of the sink. Just make sure the fitting you use is compliant with regulations and suits the zone you're using it in – read our guide to make sure you're doing it right.

After you're done, head over to drool over the rest of this gorgeous French-inspired home.

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Ellen Finch
Former deputy editor

Formerly deputy editor of Real Homes magazine, Ellen has been lucky enough to spend most of her working life speaking to real people and writing about real homes, from extended Victorian terraces to modest apartments. She's recently bought her own home and has a special interest in sustainable living and clever storage.