When developing a mood and desired ambiance for a room, lighting plays a big role. It can drastically impact how we perceive and experience a space. Good lighting depends on the characteristics of the light source as well as how it is distributed throughout the area. Taking the time to map out lighting locations during construction can make a world of difference in the final outcome!
In this Bellevue Custom, we crafted faux pendant lights with Styrofoam and string to replicate the light fixture selected by the clients. While they will have recessed lighting on the ceiling to provide general illumination, there are additional needs to evenly distribute light across the room. Here, we are using multiple lights with various stem lengths to create a dramatic grouping. Templating out the pendant locations prior to install allows us to get a sense of the spacing needs, visual weight, and overall feel of the room.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
- Spacing: The space in between your lighting and what hangs below can greatly influence the flow of design. Placing the fixture too high can cause it feel disconnected from the rest of the space. Hanging lights too low can hinder a room’s appearance and functionality- nobody wants a light directly in their face. Be mindful of even spacing, from all angles- what may look clean from one side, can look messy from another.
- Size: If you have a large fixture, it’s possible you will only need one. Consider the visual weight as well as the actual dimensions. Smaller fixtures, around 8-10″, may require you to use several. Consider the size of the space you are trying to light up as well; Too many small pendants may start to look cluttered, and a piece too large can look out of place. Balance is key.
- Quantity: Multiple pendants create the perfect layering effect. Hanging several small of these fixtures will provide even light flow, and will allow your eye to see past the fixture into the rest of the space.
- Design Tip: Things arranged in odd numbers tend to be more pleasing to the eye than things arranged in even numbers.
A good lighting plan provides functional lighting, as well as acting as reinforcement for the room’s design aesthetic. Pendant lights are great for this, as they bounce light of ceilings, walls, and all reflective surfaces in the room. Lighting has the power to transform a space and influence our emotions, so making sure the design is just right, is imperative.