13 Reasons You Should Hang a Quirky Pendant Lamp at Your Place

Updated 06/20/19
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It’s kind of a shame that many of us only think of lighting as something we need rather than something that will elevate our décor. The thing is that cute pendant lamps automatically add quirk, whimsy, and a touch of prettiness to any space they’re in. If your excuse for not incorporating pendant lamps into your design is that you don’t have the room, then you’re just fooling yourself. Since these lights drop down from the ceiling, they work in even the tiniest of abodes (trust us, we know small spaces).

Cute pendant lamps also help brighten up dark areas around the home—they work great as mini spotlights in a dark reading nook or in a bedroom that doesn’t get much natural light. They also function as mini works of art when hung in clusters over a dining table or kitchen island. Since there’s no reason you wouldn’t want a cute pendant lamp in your home sweet home, we’ve chosen some of our favorites. Scroll through to see why we’re obsessed.

Bower Pendant
West Elm Bower LED Pendant $199 $139
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This artistic piece crafted in conjunction with Bower boasts LED lights so you won’t have to change a light bulb again (at least in this room).

Sculptural Glass Geo Pendant - Medium
West Elm Sculptural Glass Geo Pendant-Medium $99
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For maximum prettiness, cluster several architectural pendants in varying pastel hues.

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Vary the size and height of the cute pendant lamps.

Ombre Mirrored Pendant
West Elm Ombre Mirrored Pendant $129 $80
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Not only can you alter how low the light hangs, but this pendant’s ombré finish has an awesome effect when it’s lit.

Tictail Light Bean Pendant Lamp-Yellow Cable $211
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A light bulb encased in natural wood hangs from a modern braided “bungee” cable. The pop of color is unexpected, but we can’t get enough.

Tictail Tao Pendant Light $170
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Handwoven rush-grass trim lends a natural feel, rendering it perfect for adding light to a bathroom or laundry area.

Zuo Forecast Pendant Lamp $301
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You’ll see different gorgeous angles of this rose-gold ceiling lamp depending on where you’re standing (or sitting). We’re partial to hanging it above a desk as a stunning focal point.

Threshold Dome Hammered Metal Pendant Light $80
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A brass piece with a hammered metal finish lends an exotic feel to living rooms or reading nooks.

Selamat Collins 1-Light Pendant, Natural $145
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Dark patios, no more. Rely on a twisted jute pendant from this sustainable label to give your space a subtle glow.

John-Richard Glass Globe 6-Light Pendant $1369 $1190
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John-Richard is all about functional pieces that double as art. This stunning geometric statement-maker features six intersecting handblown glass pendants.

Flo Adjustable Pendant Light
CB2 Flo Adjustable Pendant Light $80
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This Art Deco–inspired piece almost reminds us of the long flapper necklaces of that time. An adjustable frosted globe fixture is strung on a swinging gold chain, making it both delicate and eye-catching all in one.

Alchemist Pendant
Anthropologie Alchemist Pendant $248
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Shape is everything with this bold piece. The curved edges show off only a hint of a clear bulb when hung in a walkway or over a kitchen table.

Plymouth Pendant
Anthropologie Plymouth Pendant $98
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Understated elegance is the name of the game with this pendant light. Clear glass gives way to a hint of rose gold near the bulb; pair with similar-hued metallic pieces for maximum impact.

Fucsia Pendant Lamp 1
FLOS Fucsia Pendant Lamp 1 $395
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This blown glass cone light fixture is seriously high-tech. It lets off both diffused and direct light, and its shape was designed to eliminate glare.

Do you have cute pendant lamps in your home? If so, where did you hang them? Be sure to tell us in the comments.

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