Chandeliers are a wonderful way to light up a room, but I have to admit that my heart really skips a beat for beautiful pendant lights - or even a set of them! Pendants are very much on trend for 2016, but frankly, I think it's hard to go wrong with them any time. To celebrate these lovely lighting systems, here are a few of our favourite statement pendants.
In terms of plastics, the FL/Y pendant is one of my favourites. It comes in a range of colors and is big enough to stand on its own, or make an eye catching display. Clustering pendants, or arranging them in a row, gives you an alternative to a traditional chandelier, while still offering as much or as little light as you require.
Tom Dixon's Melt/Copper is a stunning line of glass pendants that have the look of melting, hot blown glass.
Zenza sports a whole line of nickel plated brass pendants in a variety of shapes and sizes. The punched metal gives an amazing effect when lit.
Industrial style pendants come in a wide range of styles, colors and shapes. You can get replicas of these at most hardware stores, or you can go vintage hunting as we did. Steve and I picked up three vintage white industrial lights at an antiques market in Italy last spring. There was no shortage of sellers there with a drool-worthy supply of amazing lighting, from the very old to the recently old. It's always worth digging around a bit to see if you can find something locally to you as well - though they may require a touch up or a bit of rewiring. I love this mint shade from Barn Light Electric.
I know we tend to think of glass and metal when considering lighting, but concrete can be beautiful too, as these modern and pretty Finn pendants from Milk and Sugar show.
And finally, let's not forget the possibility of ceramic pendant lights. These fantastic ceramic shades are made in England by Lyngard Ceramics.