Trend to Try: Bedside Pendant Lighting
From freeing up some room to injecting a little style into a straightforward space, there are lots of reasons to love a bedside pendant lamp. Here are a few ways you might want to give it a try.
Written by Sarah Chappell
Bedside lamps are a given in nearly any bedroom. But with space at a premium in many homes, there’s one solution we’re loving lately that frees up some room on those over-cluttered night stands: bedside pendants. Not only does opting for a hanging lamp give you a little more real estate, the design options are near endless, since pendant lamps come in a wide range of styles, shapes and materials.
Here are a few reasons to consider swapping that table lamp for a bedside pendant lamp:
Bedside pendants can be adjustable.
Pendants are a unique alternative to the conventional task lamp, but it doesn’t mean you have to forgo the convenience of a reading light. The same functionality can be achieved for you late-night readers with a pendant lamp with smart adjustability and directional light. And for those who aren’t night owls, one pendant can be faced away for sleeping comfort—especially when flanking the bed like this.
Pendant lights free up a lot of space.
Now that you have taken your bedside lighting to new heights, no longer will your nightstand be crammed for space. Without a table lamp occupying a permanent spot on the table, you have a blank canvas for your books, accessories and household plants. And, if a pendant is placed above for general overhead light, your tabletop arrangement will be perfectly lit on display.
Pendants are a creative way to add personal style.
Just as function is appealing for bedside applications, style and ambiance should be taken into consideration when deciding which pendant lamp to go with. Even when they are small in size, pendants have the uncanny ability to add instant personality to any room. Are you into all things mid-century modern? Or are you into an edgy, urban look? Maybe you fall somewhere in between—don’t worry, there’s a pendant for that.
Symmetry or Asymmetry?
Just like matching your bedside table lamps, you can also match your pendant lights for a purely symmetrical look. With this type of installation, the bedroom is instantly anchored with an even harmony.
Or if you’re more in to odd numbers, take an unexpected route and pair one pendant with a table lamp. Both are complementary to each other as bedside companions and they help achieve an asymmetrical look for your bedroom.
Plug ‘em in.
Hardwiring pendants can seem like a commitment—especially if you’re renting, or if you like to change your bedroom configurations often. By making use of plug-in pendant lights, you can still get the look of hanging lamps without a hefty installation. Some plug-in pendants can even be placed on the table if you miss having a tabletop light.