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The Beauty of Suspended Lighting

Suspended lighting is like jewelry for your interior. But unlike typical necklaces, these pendants illuminate your space! From chandelier-style statements to lighting that’s attached to sleek structures in bar formation, the featured selections in today’s post represent the best in modern lighting. Below you will find some of our favorite suspended lights (including simple yet bold pendant lights), with links to purchasing information when possible. Enjoy browsing…

Raising the Bar

Many of today’s most popular suspended lights involve bar-like structures with lights incorporated into (or hanging from) the bar. Below we see a sleek modern suspended light above a kitchen island. Note how recessed lights in the ceiling also add a dramatic glow to the space. [from Ciro Coelho Photography for Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects]

Suspended lighting in a modern kitchen

Suspended lighting has the power to be a major source of illumination, especially when the light source is substantial like this Quadra S Pendant (available at YLighting), shown below in a kitchen by Mal Corboy:

Kitchen pendant lighting adds vibrant illumination

This Glide Glass Linear Suspension is a vision in LED lighting. Available through Lightology, the piece features glass in a black, white or mirrored finish:

Modern glass linear suspension

Suspended lighting can even work outdoors! The pendant lighting below from Pego Lamps adds sculptural style to a rustic-meets-modern outdoor living area:

Suspended lighting enhances an outdoor deck

Stay tuned for more dramatic suspension bar lighting later in the post…

The Power of Pendants

We now move on to suspension lighting in pendant form! A series of identical pendant lights creates an instant focal point, as well as a cohesive lighting statement. Bonus points if the pendants feature bold shapes and interesting materials. [from Lonny]

Series of 3 pendant lights over a kitchen bar

The industrial-style suspended lighting below adds an eclectic feel to a modern bistro kitchen with marble countertops. [via Lonny]

Industrial-style lighting in a kitchen with marble details

Sometimes less is more in the world of duplicate pendants. How sleek are these metal cylindrical lights? Their petite size instantly commands attention, and their form is a great option for a kitchen that already features track lighting. [from Miller Greene Design Studio]

Small cylindrical pendants in a kitchen with blue accents

Suspended from a track, the pendant lights in the next image are the perfect choice for a kitchen steeped in brightness and glass block. [from Trunk Creative]

Track lighting featuring small pendants

Sometimes a non-identical group of pendants is perfection, especially if they are united by common design traits. Below we see a trio of pendants from Tom Dixon’s Beat Collection. [via Lonny]

Tom Dixon lighting over a dining room table

Here’s another look at the Beat Pendants, this time in linear formation over an outdoor dining table:

Beat pendant lighting from Tom Dixon

This Cog Stack pendant lighting from Tom Dixon has a modern industrial vibe, and brass-plated solid aluminum is the material of choice. Once again, we see how alternating pendant styles adds interest:

Pendant lighting from Tom Dixon

Let’s not forget the power of one pendant light. Sometimes the simplicity of a single suspended lighting statement has a bigger impact than a whole row of pendants. Below we see a white suspended light in a crisp dining room with a sea view. [from Lonny]

White cylindrical pendant light in a bright dining room

How stunning is this Rivoli Spiral Pendant from RH Modern?! Inspired by mid-century design and guaranteed to be the showpiece of the room, the light features a series of concentric wooden rectangles:

Spiral pendant from RH Modern

Even a small pendant can send a big message, and this delicate flower-like pendant is no exception. Can you imagine a more perfect addition to the elegant bathroom below?! [from Lonny]

Small petal-like pendant light above a marble sink

Overflowing Style

To end today’s post, we take a look at suspended lighting featuring clusters of dramatic ornamentation, from chandelier-like displays of flowing pieces to bold structural statements. First up: a Crystal Linear Suspension by Nuevo Living, available through Lightology. Surprisingly affordable, the piece features 38 crystal strands:

Linear suspension lighting from Lightology

Oh the beauty of hanging crystals! Here’s another linear suspension, this time featuring crystal drops. Say hello to the Crystalline Icicles Linear Suspension by Swarovski Centerpieces:

Icicle-style lighting by Swarovski Centerpieces

Metal discs create magic in this Argent Linear Suspension by Terzani USA. Nickel with a white iron finish creates the perfect sheen, and the piece really shimmers when lit. Kudos to designer Dodo Arslan!

Suspension lighting featuring metal discs

Sometimes the clusters are less dainty and more sculptural. Below we see the Larmes 24 Light Linear Suspension by Et2, which features 24 Lumen LED lamps. Because sometimes there’s power in numbers!

Linear suspension featuring a cluster of glass forms

Last but not least, let’s stop and stare at the Nash Pendant from RH Modern. Filament bulbs meet clusters of cascading cubes. Need we say more?!

Pendant light with cubes from RH Modern

When it comes to suspended lighting, are you a fan of cascading clusters, suspended bars, or powerful pendants? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below…

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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