Good-looking and practical, a pendant light is a classic choice for a country kitchen. We shed new light.
A single statement pendant above the table brings this area into focus, while a neat row of fittings is the on-trend choice above an island unit. Designs range from sleek modern fittings to styles rooted in our industrial past. Zinc, brass, galvanised steel or copper shades are all excellent for providing a gleam above rustic kitchen tables. Enamelled or painted shades can be finished in country whites or bright colours. Light filtering through ceramic lamps creates an appealing glow, while glass shades fracture the light so it sparkles.
Matt grey tones of zinc give this statement pendant light an industrial feel that’s right on trend this season. The generously sized shade comes with height-adjustable flex and a matching ceiling rose. It is also available in white.
Emil pendant light in Zinc, H25x50cm diameter, around £125, Cox & Cox.
Light will sparkle through the fluted glass shades of this double pendant fitting. The steel arms and cross pole are finished in a nickel coating. The height is adjustable by 25cm.
Double Paris pendant light, H92.5xW87.5xD30cm, around £165, Garden Trading.
Switch on and enjoy the bright glow as light washes through the translucent bone china shades of these pendants. They’re made in the UK, as part of a range that also includes wall,
floor and table lights.
The perfect addition to a Shaker-style kitchen, this organically shaped pendant light is based on the design of an acorn cup. It is shown in off-white aluminium with oak detailing.
This light was designed to be suspended above an island unit. Telescopic arms allow the fitting to be adjusted so that the shades hang at the ideal height.
Hughes double pendant light, col Natural, H81xW130x D42cm, around £195, Neptune.
Finished in polished nickel, these pendants suggest the glamour of vintage film studio lighting.
The pendants also come in antiqued nickel, antiqued brass, bronze or with a white glass shade.
Mini pendant lights in polished nickel, H117.5x14cm diameter, around £335 each,
The handmade metal shade of this pendant light is simplicity itself. The combination of retro style and a clean white finish gives the light fitting a fresh appeal. It’s one of three recent pendants from Loaf, all at good-value prices.
Workshop pendant light, H25x35cm diameter, around £65, Loaf.
Rise and fall
Add a hint of period style to a farmhouse kitchen with the warm glow of brass. This pendant light
has a rise and fall mechanism, so you can lower it while you dine, while its shapely solid brass shade cuts out any glare.
The low-down on pendant flexes
Many fittings can be adjusted by shortening
the flex; ask your electrician to do this for you. For a more personal
style, suspend a light from a coloured, twisted fabric flex. Set your pendants at least 80cm above a table, or select a flexible rise-and-fall fitting.
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