Beautiful outdoor living spaces are among the most desirable aspects of a well turned-out home. So, as the mercury rises, minds turn to what will make outdoor spaces the most they can be. More and more these days, we see designs normally seen inside migrating out, with textures, finishes and materials that push aside the cast irons or enameled aluminums of our past. Outdoor pendant lighting is just one excellent way to bring the indoors out.
Everyone knows what a modern pendant can do for the design of an interior space. It follows that pendants can have the same effect outdoors, anchoring the setting and providing design inspiration for entire outdoor dining and lounging spaces. Here are a few of our favorites.
Calypso Outdoor Pendant Lights by Contardi Lighting
Sumptuous outdoor fabric defies the outdoors with the Calypso Pendants. The mix of colors and textures and the unique suspension cord give a distinctly well-traveled appearance and a soft, warm glow. Perfect for creating a rich retreat in your outdoor space. Layer in multiples of different colors and shapes to amp up the exotic effect.
Ash Outdoor Pendant by Tech Lighting
Modern and minimal, the clean lines of the Ash Outdoor Pendant are perfect for those who seek simplicity. Getting down to basics means that the look does not distract from the views around it. Use the Ash to complement a bold, modernist space or to balance out a more rustic one.
Tolomeo Mega Outdoor Suspension by Artemide
A classic of modern design makes its way outside. The shape of the shade stays the same, but the fixture has been reinforced to handle the great outdoors. The lightweight design of the Tolomeo Mega Outdoor Suspension helps your outdoor space feel modern, but still warm. The perfect piece for gathering friends and family around.
Hoist Pendant by Rich Brilliant Willing
A piece of classic flair for a modern space. Clean, nautical-inspired lines and fun colors make the Hoist Pendant an ideal option for a vintage inspired outdoor patio. And the plug-in design makes it great for installation pretty much anywhere. Use one on its own for a simple pop, or line up a few Hoists in a row for greater impact.
Santorini Outdoor Pendant Light by Marset
Bring the coastal vibes home with the Santorini Outdoor Pendant. This is a playful piece that allows for truly unique styling. The decorative shades can be arranged and rearranged to suit your evolving design tastes. The muted palette–with hints of yellow–is on trend and keeps to the industrial heritage of the inspirational fishing boat lanterns.
Wind Indoor Outdoor Pendant Light by Vibia
An airy design for the modernist palette. Woven materials have always had a place in outdoor spaces, but the Wind Indoor Outdoor Pendant brings this heritage into the 21st century. The open weave has a casual and organic texture to soften any modern patio.
Romeo C3 Outdoor Pendant by FLOS
Philippe Starck puts his mark on everything he does, and you can see his touch in the Romeo C3. The classic shape of the indoor Romeo shade is re-worked for the outdoors with modern materials. Keep it textural and gritty with the woven Green Wall option, or go for a modern take on a classic look with the bi-color Panama wicker.
Marietta Outdoor Pendant by Bover
Playing with history and their own visual references, Bover has a new classic lighting design. Taking its silhouette from ubiquitous turn-of-the-century factory lighting–and adding the iconic woven ribbon effect that Bover is known for–the Marietta is a lovely hybrid. The soft effect of the shade brings a sumptuous, luxe feel to any outdoor space.
Divergence Outdoor Pendant by Hubbardton Forge
A bold shape for bold outdoor architecture. The Divergence Outdoor Pendant is a mastery of sculpture that is perfect for a grand outdoor space that needs a fixture that can really stand on its own (and this includes its durable Marine Grade coastal finish options). The exposed bulbs soften the shape and keep the pendant from feeling too stark or avant-garde.
Arne Outdoor Pendant by Santa & Cole
Outdoor pendant lighting inspired by an icon. The Arne takes its name from the modern master himself, Arne Jacobsen. The minimal, industrial lines are highlighted by a clean palette of colors. A great option for a space where a bold statement might be needed, but you still want to keep it clean and sober.
These are just a few of the modern outdoor pendant lights that can complement or even provide the main inspiration for the design of your outdoor living spaces. Be sure to check out all of our best outdoor pendant light designs to find the right one for your porch or patio.
Cody Torgersrud is part of the sales team for YDesign Group, which works directly with customers who call and email in. When not remodeling his 1950s bungalow, Cody enjoys refinishing vintage and antique furniture, as well as binging on British TV.