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Living Room Pendant Lighting Ideas

Pendant lights in a living room can add an unexpected touch of style and design, and there are so many options that you are sure to find one that is perfect for your space. Consider ways to work with your existing lighting to be sure that you have perfect layered lighting, and choose pendants that are proportional to your space and complementary to the aesthetic. Use unexpected shapes, finishes, and multi-pendant groupings to really upgrade your living room’s decor.

Let Your Personality Shine

Discoco Pendant Lighting in Living Room
Discoco Pendant Light from Marset

Don’t be afraid to really display your personality when choosing a pendant light. Be sure that the light is functional for your room, whether you need more downlighting or diffuse ambient light, and then find the pendant that perfectly matches your aesthetic and personal taste.

Organic Groupings

Louis Poulsen Living Room Pendant Lighting
Cirque Pendant Light from Louis Poulsen

For a unique look, mix it up by choosing similar but not identical fixtures when grouping multiple pendant lights. Choose fixtures with similar shapes but different colors and mount them at varying heights to add an organic feel to your decor.

Solid Choice

Living Room led cluster pendant ideas
Urban Mini LED Pendant Light from Axolight

Pendant lights with a solid body are a good choice for providing downlighting in a seating area. If your pendants are on the smaller side, consider using multiple lights with various stem lengths to create a dramatic grouping. Offset the grouping with unobtrusive recessed lights an attractive layering scheme.

Soft Focus

Living room drum pendant lighting ideas
Textured Glass Drum Shade Pendant Light from Hammerton Studio

Add a focal point to your living room with a pendant that has unique features. Choosing a pendant with a glass or semi-transparent drum will allow for downlighting as well as ambient lighting. Place this type of pendant in the center of your seating to instantly create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Unique Illumination

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Swirl 3 Pendant Light By Le Klint

Go for something really unique by choosing a sculptural pendant for your living room. Look for fixtures with a spiral or layered design for light that is softly diffused without any unpleasant glares. This type of pendant is begging to be the focal point of your space so pair it with understated recessed lights for the best result.

Light Reflections

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Fyra LED Linear Pendant Light By Swarovski

Create a glamorous atmosphere in your living room with a crystal-encrusted pendant. Don’t hesitate to create some drama in your living room by choosing a chandelier-like pendant. A fixture with many crystals or glass globes for reflecting light will create an eye-catching display and add interest and dimension for an opulent feel. The pendant will allow light to flow in all directions for perfect layered lighting.

Sculptural Shine

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Pendant 172 By Le Klint

Used by itself or in an arrangement of two or more, a folded sculptural pendant is a unique way to provide softly diffused ambient lighting without any displeasing glare. If choosing to install more than one, keep the height and distance between the pendants proportional to your space.

All Around Illumination

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Patera Pendant Light from Louis Poulsen

For light that is thrown in all directions, choose a ball-shaped glass pendant with interesting facets and angles. The options for placement of this type of fixture are endless – behind a seating group, with a long stem at the end of a couch instead of a table lamp, or in a grouping over a central coffee table, to name a few.

Perfectly Cozy

Living Room Bubble Pendants
Nelson Ball Bubble Pendant from Nelson Bubble Lamps

Create a cozy reading nook by hovering a simple ball pendant beside a comfortable armchair. Adjust the stem so the pendant is hanging at the height of a table lamp for warm task lighting without an annoying glare and add a dimmer for the perfect ambiance.

Attractive Architecture

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Intervals Rectangle LED Pendant Light from SONNEMAN Lighting

Create an architectural fixture by hanging a rectangular frame with mounted LED lights over your seating area. This will provide symmetrical multidirectional light for a modern space. Be sure that the frame is proportional to your living room for the best outcome.

Casual Elegance

Heracleum II Pendant Lighting for living room
Heracleum II Pendant Light from Moooi

Choose a pendant with a candelabra design and crystal diffusers for multidimensional light and a glamorous feel. Positioned over a coffee table in the center of a seating group, this type of fixture will add a dramatic feel to any type of aesthetic.

Casually Chic

Modern pendant lights in living room
Pendant 101 By Le Klint – Image Via @sfgirlbybay

Create a shabby chic feel by hanging a single balloon-like pendant with a sheer paper shade and big open windows for abundant sunlight. Supplement the soft diffuse light with floor lamps and wall sconces for layered lighting and keep your decor casual and natural for the perfect ambiance.

Inviting Illumination

Multi Light living room pendant lights
Ellisse Multipoint Pendant Light from Hammerton Studio

Create a modern focal point with a multipoint design for sophistication and perfect layered lighting. This type of fixture will work with many types of decor, including modern, contemporary, and modern farmhouse. Hang it over your coffee table to create an inviting seating area great for entertaining or relaxing.

Upgraded Luster

Modern Drum pendant lights
Anderson Pendant Light By Arteriors

Choose a pendant with a prominent metallic drum for an instant upgrade for industrial, contemporary, or even modern farmhouse aesthetics. Look for one that allows light to shine from the top and bottom for even more detail. Centered over a coffee table, this type of pendant is sure to add some flair to your decor.

Light and Airy

Vertigo Pendant Lighting
Vertigo Pendant Light from Petite Friture

Create an airy atmosphere by hanging a fan-like pendant light. This type of light is great for large open living rooms and higher ceilings. Keep the rest of your decor natural and organic for a contemporary rustic feel and be sure to include as much natural light as possible.

Rustic and Radiant

Modern Farmhouse living room pendant lighting
Nash Mini Pendant Light By Hinkley Lighting

Create an airy atmosphere by hanging fan-like pendant light. This type of light is great for large open living rooms and higher ceilings. Keep the rest of your decor natural and organic for a contemporary rustic feel and be sure to include as much natural light as possible.

Modern Arrangements

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Woodstock Pendant Light By Simon Pearce

Pendants are a great addition to your living room decor. For a modern look, choose large pendants with interesting glass globes. Groupings of three or more lights at varying heights and using unique light bulbs adds to the design factor.

Light and Airy

Nelson Bubble lamp Living room lighting
Nelson Bubble Lamps

Create a light and airy feel by grouping pendant lights that are reminiscent of balloons. The sheer paper globes will allow softly diffuse light to flow throughout the living room, creating an intimate and relaxing space for you and your guests.

No Shade, No Problem

Exposed bulb living room pendant lighting
Filament Mini Pendant Light By Vermont Modern

Forgo the shade and opt for a pendant with an exposed bulb and a geometric frame. Add style and interest by choosing a metallic finish that complements your living room. This type of fixture is great for smaller rooms and can be used with an interesting light bulb for even more flare.

Pendant lights add so much style to a space that they are a great choice for living room lighting. Consider the overall feel and size of your room when deciding on a fixture. Be sure that the pendant or group of pendants is cohesive and provides the right amount of diffuse ambient light and task lighting for your needs. For more YLighting ideas, see our Living Room Lighting Ideas and Pendant Lighting Ideas.

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