When it comes to finding the perfect pendant for your space, the options seem endless. Once you’ve determined the style and look you’re going for, the details come into play. Use these tips to help guide your search.
Smaller pendants tend to be 10 inches or less in width. Mini pendants are great for over a bar or kitchen island. Larger pendants, which can be categorized as wider than 10 inches, are great in place of a chandelier or in a foyer.
Pendants should hang about 30 to 40 inches above a kitchen counter or island. Pendants should be placed at a height that ensures no one will look directly at the light, whether they’re standing or sitting on a barstool. Over a dining room table, pendants should hang about 30 to 36 inches above the surface of the table. In a foyer, the bottom of the pendant should be about 7 to 7.5 feet from the floor. This will be high enough so that everyone can walk beneath it, and the light will shine evenly.
The spacing of each pendant is important for visual balance. A single pendant should be installed above the direct center of a table. For two or more pendants going over a table, allow about 16 inches in between each bulb, measuring from center to center. The distance between pendants over an island or bar will depend on the length of the tabletop.
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