It’s hip 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 (especially when space is at a premium), however, in todays 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.

Nonetheless, it is understandable that not everyone wants to drill holes in their bedroom ceiling and/or hire an electrician, so the good news is, that it is possible to achieve a similar (hanging pendant) look by buying plug-in rope lights and draping them up and over some hooks, a ladder or shelf either side of your bed. Alternatively it is possible to use the existing central light point  and drape two lengths of cord to either side of your bed (as shown below).

Whatever method you choose, the hanging pendant lights are sure to add a level of design sophistication and hotel chic to your bedroom.


Here a central light point is used and pendants drape to either side of the bedImage Source Left: via Loft Mag Photo by Karolina Bąk Right: The yellow flex cord adds an element of surprise and design sophistication to the simple small black pendant and contrasts nicely against the grey wall. Image via Living Corriere Photo by Helenio Barbetta.


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.  Image Source Left: via Apartment Therapy. Photos: Arthur Garcia-Clemente Right: Metallic fixtures can also enhance a clear glass light pendant. For an on-trend look, seek out copper and brass fixtures. via Channel 9’s The Block Glass House tv program, Australia.


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. Image Source Left: HouseDoctor DK  Right: via Heatherly Design


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. Image Source Left: via Refinery 29. Photo by Ryland Peters and Anna Williams. Image Right: With the sloping ceiling in this bedroom a single large hanging pendant is incorporated into the design and rather than being suspending from the ceiling it is simply plugged in to a floor plug and draped up and over a hook. via Divaaniblog


large vintage style metal pendant adds personality and compliments the vintage books that double up as a side table.  Image Source Left: Via Cox and Cox  Right: 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. via My Domaine. Photo by Tessa Neustadt


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. Image Source Left: via Beacon Lighting.  Right: via Aldabarestaura


These large metal pendant lights are striking and confident and add sophistication and warmth to these bedrooms. Image Source Left: via Inside Out Magazine. Photography by Prue Ruscoe. Right: Tom Dixon Beat Light via Rockfeller Partners Architects


We love the details of the blue flex cord of this smoked glass globe hanging pendant. Image Source Left: Hotel Bikini via Happy Interior Blog Photo by Igor Josifovic.   Right: The small wood and white light pendant is the perfect compliment the simple Scandi style furnishings and color palette in this bedroom. via Country Road


Image Source Left: Whilst metal and glass pendants prove to be a popular choice for bedrooms colorful 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. Right: Simple yellow drum shades are chosen to compliment the patch of yellow on the bedding.


Image Source Left: To compliment the relaxed boho vibe of the bedroom small woven light pendants are mixed in with Berber style rug and Turkish bedcover. via Urban Outfitters   Right: For a modern look, a tiny copper pendant with a pink flex cord is hung above the hairpin leg side table. via Design Sponge. Photo by Maxwell Tielman


Where space is limited a single large hanging pendant light is a great solution. In both these images a colored shade is chosen to compliment the existing color scheme. Image Source Left: via Fantastic Frank   Right: via Ikea


Sleek white pendants are chosen to contrast the dark textural grasscloth wallpaper and natural linen bedding.  Image source: Channel 9, Australia – The Block Glasshouse.


Want more? Stay tuned for our post featuring our Lust List of favorite hanging pendant lights and where you can buy them.


Jill Brandenburg is a Freelance Interiors Writer & Stylist and Co-Editor of Design Lovers Blog.
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7 Responses to “It’s hip to hang: Bedside lighting”
  1.' David Easter says:

    Hanging a pendant light over a bedside table is a very good idea, as there is never enough room on mine for a table lamp. Not only is this an effective way of lighting, but I would imagine it can be low budget as well if need be. And, with literally thousands of different shades available, it should be very easy to find something to match up to any bedroom.

  2.' Silvia Crown says:

    Stunning! I love them all!! I need to have one!

  3.' Andrew Bradford says:

    It looks so cool! Want it!! ;)

    Some of the pieces remind of a brand, Delightfull, I saw at last year’s Decorex!


  4.' DK-decor says:

    Interesting post.. I want 1st one.. Looking forward for more suggestions..

  5.' Silvia Crown says:

    This is really cool!

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