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Pendant Lighting Style Guide

Simple in structure, yet diverse in design, pendant lights are a great way to bring statement lighting to nearly any area of a home or business. These versatile light fixtures come in a huge range of styles and shapes. Familiarize yourself with some of these great options to find the perfect match for your space!


Dynamic Design Styles


Modern pendant lights generally offer a bright aesthetic with smooth, clean lines. They can incorporate glass and high-shine metals such as chrome and nickel that go well in contemporary spaces.


Industrial pendants showcase streamlined shapes, striking bare bulbs and sturdy metal shades. This utilitarian-inspired style lends itself to a livable and casual feel, but also offers great durability.


Rustic pendants bring a lot of depth to a space with earthy hues and a time-worn feel. These frequently feature organic shapes and will generally incorporate wood and metal as part of their structure.


Vintage pendant lighting consists of a variety of retro and antique-inspired designs that can make a splash with bold shapes and classic colors. These include everything from Sputnik lights to Tiffany glass pendants, all showcasing bold throwback style that stands out from modern designs.


Standout Shapes

Sometimes the shape of a pendant light matters even more than the style of it; the shape can change the amount of space the fixture takes up, the way it casts light and the sightlines across a room. Try one of these striking shapes to fit your specific lighting needs:


Drum pendants are wide and round with vertical edges, closely resembling their namesake instrument in shape. These fixtures often feature fabric shades and are a great addition for softer, more diffused light.

Pictured: Trend Lighting Apollo II 12-in Pendant (No longer available), Varaluz Harlowe 18-in Pendant, Jeremiah Lighting Blacksmith 10 Light Pendant


Lantern shaped pendants present a classic look and a much more compact silhouette than most pendants. These are generally made of metal and glass, and come in designs that include traditional carriage-house and Craftsman-inspired lanterns.


Globe pendant are sphere-shaped fixtures, and are sometimes also referred to as orb pendant lights. These offer a balanced and centered look as stylish, yet understated statement pieces.

Pictured: Uttermost Trofarello Silver Pendant, Crystorama Lighting Broche Foyer Light (No longer available), Trans Globe Adjustable Drop Pendant


Mini pendant lights are smaller versions of standard pendants, but they still pack a big punch when it comes to style. They work great in rows or groupings, and can also provide more focused task lighting for smaller spaces or individual seating areas.

Of course, these styles and structures are just some of the most popular pendant lighting options out there; if they don’t suit your space, there are plenty of other great designs to choose from. Shop our huge selection of pendant lights and mini pendant lights to discover more!

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