Lighting 101: Pendant Lights

 In Bathroom, Kitchen

So you’ve finally decided to take on a kitchen remodel—now it’s time to get into the planning stage. Obviously, you’ll want to focus on appliances and countertops, but you’ll also need to consider lighting.

Types of Lighting

There are three main types of lighting: ambient lighting, accent lighting, and task lighting. Ambient lighting is the general lighting you get from ceiling lights, while accent lighting is intended to draw attention to particular features. Task lighting is meant to help illuminate your work and is fulfilled with under cabinet or pendant lights.

Especially if you have a large kitchen, appropriately placed pendant lights are critical to keeping your kitchen beautiful and functional.

The Odd Rule

One general rule of thumb is to hang pendant lights in odd numbers. Sometimes this is called the Rule of Three, but in general, odd numbers create a sense of balance. Psychologically, humans think in terms of pattern recognition, and odd numbers create a very basic pattern.new kitchen designs

However, rules are meant to be broken. Depending on the size of your kitchen, the size of your kitchen island, and the size of your desired pendant lights, you may achieve a more balanced look with only two pendants. If you have a design situation where you have large light fixtures, having more than two might overwhelm the island. Three lights may also create too much light for your space. Let your lighting needs and proportions dictate your pendant choices.

Color and Style

If you have a neutral color scheme, pendants can be an excellent opportunity to inject some eye-catching color. If your kitchen features simple designs, a more decorative pendant can become a small detail that makes the room pop without overwhelming your overall style.

Match kitchen elements to create a more cohesive look. If the room has a lot of curvatures, look for a pendant with subtle curves to enhance the theme. Pair a room with bold, clean lines with a colorful geometric pendant light.

Plan Your Dream Kitchen

Niron Depot serves residents in Colorado and the surrounding areas—contact us for assistance with your kitchen or bath remodel, and you’ll soon have the home of your dreams!