Never fear, decorating junkies, because I have a tonne of top tips to share with you. Because here’s the truth: what height you hang your pendant lights all depends on what’s below them, what room they’re in, and how the space functions day-to-day.
But if you’re at home on your step ladder, with no professional installer there to guide you, I get how stressful it can be. So kick back, scroll on through, and soak up all my top tips on the ideal height of pendant lights.
I’ll also throw in some additional design advice regarding pendant light size and shape. Hanging a pendant lower than 70cm can mean you limit your ability to style on the bedside with plants, photo frames, or flowers.
The other mistake I see people make is hanging pendants too high, so be careful here. Case in point: Pendant lights in the bedroom above are hung at the ideal height.
Pendants above dining tables are essential if you’re in an open plan space. What I mean by that is, in an open plan space you will often put a rug in the living room. For tips on common mistakes to avoid in open plan living and dining rooms, click here. That’s why a pendant above the table works to make the dining zone feel more intentional.
But if you’re stuck wondering what height to hang pendants over your table, don’t worry. But you don’t want it so low that you feel like you’re in an interrogation on Law and Order: SVU. Case in Point: The image above via Metricon nails the 80cm height rule.
Pendants can make or break a kitchen, not just in terms of the style you choose, but how high or low they’re hung.
If you fall into the latter category, it’s wise to choose kitchen pendants that are open at the bottom, so the light from the bulb shines down on the countertop. If this is the case, hang them about 70cm from the ceiling, which gives you 90cm of space between the countertop and the pendant.
You want them to sit alongside the upper half of the mirror, so they’ll light up your gorgeous face every time you take a peek at yourself. In fact, if you had a ceiling height of 250cm I wouldn’t even recommend hanging a pendant light in your entryway. Ideally, you don’t want to be able to raise your arm and be able to touch the pendant with your hand.
I hope this post has helped you figure out what height to hang pendant lights at your place. Or if you need some guidance on other rooms of your home not mentioned here, drop a comment too and I can sort you out.