Metal, glass and wooden pendant lights are all popular choices. They come in mini, multi, drum, up light and down light versions. Explore these different styles below.

As the tiniest version these can illuminate work spaces and kitchen islands well. They're not thought of as ambient lighting, but can reinvent the feeling within a space more than any other options. They act as a focal point, or a lighting work of art as they are super stylish and can be quite chic. Anyone will find that they command attention and create vigor.

Multi Light Pendants are fixtures that feature multiple hanging lights, all connected to a centralized point. They give a comparable look to individuals only they're better for a room with one overhead electrical point for connecting. They are sensational, striking and versatile. Use glass or wooden pendant lights over a table of any kind, work areas or even kitchen islands and counters.

Drum Pendants are light fixtures featuring a cylindrical drum-style shade. These types work seamlessly in every room. Choose a basic white cloth shade or a dark shade with metal features. There are also patterned shades to add fun, as well as double or triple concentric styles that have gained in popularity as of late. Anyone that wants to add some style can easily do so with a drum, pendant light.

Up Light Pendants are fixtures that shine light upward. This type is great for basic lighting, as the light shines skyward and can enlarge a space with ease. One will find that ceramic, glass or wooden pendant lights in this style make a statement.

Down Light Pendants are fixtures that shine direct light downward, and they are best for work lighting to completely illuminate any task at hand.



In kitchens over an island, they are usually for tasks, but can also augment design elements. They should be thirty to forty inches above the surface, and definitely not get in the way of a cooktop if one is present. However, they should be low enough to help with reading that favorite recipe.

In the dining room, these lights can replace the classic chandelier of days past to play with the appearance and style completely. The lights should be thirty to thirty-six inches above the table, and possibly higher for a larger table. A lower placed light will create a cozy atmosphere, but beware of having it so low that it shines into diners' eyes.

In hallways and other areas, it adds grace and striking style. The light and shadows cast by them is astounding. Hang them in an even row down the length of a hall for a classic look, or hang one by itself or in a cluster in a foyer. The length should fall between twelve and sixteen inches for a typical 8-foot ceiling, and eighteen to twenty-four for taller ceilings.

It's important to remember that no one is limited to using glass, ceramic and wooden pendant lights among others only for the places discussed. One should always be open to their imagination when it comes to decorating their home.