DECORATIVE PENDANTS: BEYOND the breakfast bar

Pendants came into their own with the advent of the open kitchen, but today these decorative and extremely practical fixtures can also enhance the aesthetic appeal of just about any room in the home. As Houzz contributor Lisa Frederick puts it, “Not only do they channel task lighting when it’s needed, but they also offer a prime opportunity to put a decorative flourish on a space.” Indeed, the entire design of a space can be defined by a single pendant.

 Smoke Gem pendants in a kitchen designed by Pinnable Design Studio | Frisco, CO

Smoke Gem pendants in a kitchen designed by Pinnable Design Studio | Frisco, CO

 A trio of Hammerton Studio Uptown Mesh pendants in a kitchen designed by Allard & Roberts, Asheville NC

A trio of Hammerton Studio Uptown Mesh pendants in a kitchen designed by Allard & Roberts, Asheville NC

There's no question that a trio of thoughtfully chosen pendants can beautifully enhance a kitchen breakfast bar. But pendants can also provide a welcome element of surprise in a variety of applications well beyond this standard installation. Consider a few of the following ideas...

In kitchens with large center islands, consider opting for a cascade of pendants at various heights instead of a traditional chandelier. This creative approach can fill the volume of space above the island and provide plenty of decorative task lighting without adding extra visual weight.

 Hammerton Studio Parallel multi-port chandelier in a kitchen designed by Karma Home Accents l Westlake Village CA

Hammerton Studio Parallel multi-port chandelier in a kitchen designed by Karma Home Accents l Westlake Village CA

Add an unexpected twist to a bath or powder room space by substituting pendants for sconces on either side of the mirror. A decorative pendant can also add spectacular drama directly above a sink or tub, as long as local building codes allow it.

 Hammerton Studio Ironwood pendants in a powder room designed by Jamie Schachtel Design Group | Baltimore, MD

Hammerton Studio Ironwood pendants in a powder room designed by Jamie Schachtel Design Group | Baltimore, MD

 Hammerton Studio Gem pendants in a master bath by AP Resort Concepts l Vail, CO

Hammerton Studio Gem pendants in a master bath by AP Resort Concepts l Vail, CO

 A single Hammerton Fusion LAA2159 pendant in a Hawaiian bathroom by Willman Interiors | Kamuela HI

A single Hammerton Fusion LAA2159 pendant in a Hawaiian bathroom by Willman Interiors | Kamuela HI

 A pair of Hammerton LAA2186-S pendants

A pair of Hammerton LAA2186-S pendants

 Ellisse optic blown glass pendants by Hammerton Studio in a master bath by KAM Designs l San Ramon CA

Ellisse optic blown glass pendants by Hammerton Studio in a master bath by KAM Designs l San Ramon CA

Bring contemporary flair to a stairway or entryway with an oversized geometric pendant. A staggered trio of spheres, cylinders, or any type of polyhedron in an interesting material or design can transform a large empty space. Or group several pendants under a single canopy for a dramatic look in an open multi-story staircase.           

 Hammerton LAA2184 pendant.

Hammerton LAA2184 pendant.

 Hammerton CH2252 chandelier 

Hammerton CH2252 chandelier 

 Custom Hammerton Studio Apothecary chandelier.

Custom Hammerton Studio Apothecary chandelier.

Trade out table lamps or sconces for pendants next to the bed. A thoughtful pendant design can provide both ambient and task lighting as well as an intriguing focal point in the bedroom.

 Custom Hammerton pendants in a bedroom designed by Ontario Design l Park City UT

Custom Hammerton pendants in a bedroom designed by Ontario Design l Park City UT

Hang on either side of the front door or above garage bays. Or use multiples to brighten a covered patio or outdoor living space. Damp-rated pendants can offer a pleasing alternative to outdoor sconces or chandeliers.

 Two rows of custom Hammerton LA2102 pendants in an outdoor living space designed by Lori Gentile Interior Design | Solanan Beach, CA

Two rows of custom Hammerton LA2102 pendants in an outdoor living space designed by Lori Gentile Interior Design | Solanan Beach, CA

Both our Hammerton and Hammerton Studio brands offer pendants in a variety of materials, styles and sizes, and most can be customized to accommodate unique requirements. 

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