Decorating & Design

November 7, 2014

Large-Scale Lighting

When it comes to home decor, it can be tough to know which trends are fleeting and which have staying power, but there’s one we know is well worth the investment: statement lighting. Replacing your existing fixtures with standout pendants can provide a lot of bang for your decor bucks, and though they come in all shapes and sizes, we think the bigger the better. If you’re still on the fence about supersizing your lighting, here’s why we’re totally on board with the trend.

1. They instantly modernize a space. Whether your style is cool contemporary or classic and traditional, adding oversized pendants is an easy way to push the boundaries. And they come in a range of styles, so you can add some fresh tension without compromising your aesthetic. Just think of it as clicking the refresh button.

2. They’re a high-impact focal point. Every room should make a statement, and what better way to set the tone than with lighting? Oversized pendant lights provide visual weight to anchor a space, while adding a healthy dose of drama.

3. They work in a variety of rooms. Here, a pair of matching pendants finishes off a dining area, but oversized pendants would also work above a kitchen island (though if you have a smaller island, opt for a single pendant.) They can also find a happy home over a bed, or in a living room with a central floor plan.

Bright idea: Installing a dimmer switch gives large pendants a soft glow and allows you to adjust the lighting depending on the mood or occasion.

Author: Jennifer Koper & Emily Evans

Donna Griffith


Concorde table by Poliform, Wishbone chairs by Hans Wegner, Kiosk; Moooi pendants, Klaus; coloured glasses, Hollace Cluny.


House & Home January 2014 issue