9 tips to hang: Bedside lighting

Hanging a pendant light either side of your bed is a clever and efficient way to provide task or mood lighting in your bedroom, however, in today’s homes, hanging pendant lights are as much a design statement as they are a practical solution and can be found in bedrooms of all sizes.

With shades available in so many different sizes, colors and finishes as well as the huge variety of colorful flex cords and bulbs to choose from, it is easy to see why hanging pendant lights are so popular.


No matter what style of bedroom you have, there is a hanging pendant to suit. For example, exposed bulb pendant lights look great in modern or industrial schemes, wire or cage light pendants convey a more vintage boho look, natural or woven pendants work well in rustic or relaxed beachy schemes and metal pendants can transition from country through to modern interiors.

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Clear glass pendant globes and shades are timeless and suit any decor. When displayed in front of a dark wall, they become more visible and their shape and texture is emphasized.

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Two very neutral colored bedrooms showcasing two very different style pendants. The gold finish Asymmetric Pendant Light creates excitement and interest whilst remaining visually light and airy whereas the small exposed bulb pendant is beautiful in its simplicity and its simple round bulb shape plays off against the button back headboard

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Large shades add impact to a bedroom design and are particularly useful if you want to draw your gaze to what’s on display on the side table.

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A large vintage style metal pendant adds personality and compliments the vintage books that double up as a side table.   This is a great example of how the hanging pendant look is achieved with plug in lights that run up from the floor and suspend down on a bracket.

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These two cage light pendants emphasize the relaxed nature of these bedrooms. In the first image the light is suspended from the ceiling and in the second it comes from the floor with the ladder providing height for it to be draped around.

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These large metal pendant lights are striking and confident and add sophistication and warmth to these bedrooms.

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We love the details of the blue flex cord of this smoked glass globe hanging pendant. Image The small wood and white light pendant is the perfect complement the simple Scandi style furnishings and colour palette in this bedroom.

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Whilst metal and glass pendants prove to be a popular choice for bedrooms colourful drum shades add a super fun element to a bedroom. Queen of making vintage look cool, Emily Henderson makes a statement with these vintage pink pendants, complete with tassels. Simple yellow drum shades are chosen to compliment the patch of yellow on the bedding.

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To compliment the relaxed boho vibe of the bedroom small woven light pendants are mixed in with Berber style rug and Turkish bedcover. For a modern look, a tiny copper pendant with a pink flex cord is hung above the hairpin leg side table.

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