What’s “trending” is a regular topic around EHD headquarters. Well, less “trend” and more “we’re seeing this and we’re loving (??) this.” Today, we’ve got something for you that’s not necessarily “new” but its constant presence is something we’ve absolutely taken notice of: Pendants. And yes, again, not a novel design concept, however what is new is their sneaky, almost total world domination. When Arlyn first told me she wanted me to talk on this topic (after buy-in/validation from Emily as well as the design team), I was hesitant because I wasn’t convinced this was a trend…at first. But she was right (of course) because ummm, where are the chandeliers all of a sudden?? Obviously, they aren’t gone from the design scene and there are still beautiful ones coming onto the market constantly but man oh man are pendants currently getting top billing in terms of ceiling fixtures. We used to see them mostly atop kitchen islands, maybe down a hallway, but right now, they are the new chandelier, being used over tables, in foyers and bedrooms.
So now that they have perched proudly onto the Iron Throne (just trying to prove my social relevancy despite never actually seeing a GOT episode), we’re breaking down the types of pendants that have grabbed our attention: May we present the dramatic mini pendant, the VERY oversized pendant and the cool multi pendant. Yes, all three of these beauties have taken over our Instagrams, Pinterest pages and general lighting brain space. With these three types being quite opposites in many ways, it’s a trend for the masses or more so, a pendant for everyone. Are you curious to see which one you are??
The Baby Pendant
Ok, “baby pendant” might not be the actual term for this style (mini pendant feels more appropriate) but these very minimal, very delicate pendants are very “in” right now. They definitely have a Scandinavian feel to them but as I will show you in a mere second, have recently come out of their little shell and flawlessly transition into almost every kind of style.
What I love most about this style is its quiet drama. They are small (as you can see) but demand attention (also as you can see). You can’t help but to love their elegant yet unassuming charm. So often, we feel like we have to fill a space with dramatic moments, but sometimes what’s most dramatic is unexpected subtlety.
Their long cords are what really kick up the dope factor. In case you were curious, dope is the EHD term we use when something is extremely cool and or special. So yes, those long cords make these mini munchkins very dope. They simply wouldn’t have the same effect if the base of the fixture was close to the ceiling. This obviously requires you to have semi-tall ceilings because the last thing you want is to hit your head or try to look at your loved ones across your dinner table but instead be blinded by a light bulb.
As I originally stated, their ability to translate to any style is clear and is the actual best part of this trend. It’s not just for the super modern or super minimal. It can go traditional, coastal, mid-century modern, you name it. Plus this type of fixture lends to being both plug-in and hard wired. A real trend for all (renters, homeowners) if I do say so myself. 🙂
This clear step up from the run of the mill pendant has another sibling it would like you to really take note of…
The BIG Pendant
When I say big I mean BIG. When something in design is oversized and done right (not just lighting), it’s undeniably cool or dope. 🙂 Really oversized pendants are amazing and are currently very much in the design zeitgeist.
Now I LOVE my Noguchi Akari Pendant in my living room. But she (and her copycats) have been kind of the oversized pendant for some time now. And while I get it, because she is awesome, I am very happy to see some more diverse newcomers on the scene. It’s about time.
One of the reasons why chandeliers are so great is because they are able to cover a lot of square footage (in the air) and are visually very powerful. But now that pendants have bulked up and can carry the same if not more visual weight, people are excited about this new transition. So am I. 🙂
I mean if you are looking for some real design drama, almost nothing does it bigger and better than a huge pendant. This giant black cone from has my eyes and heart lit up like an oversized Christmas tree.
Now that oversized pendants are here for the long haul (I hope), what’s also happening??
The Multi Pendant
Yep. We went from the most streamlined kind of pendants to the most extra. But I gotta say we are kind of into this multi pendant look, too. NOTE: When we say multiple, we are talking at least four pendants. This is the major leagues.
So funny story. Arlyn and I were having a discussion about trends a few weeks ago and talking about what we had been seeing lately. Then nearly at the same time both of us showed two different pictures from our Instagram saved photos with the same multi-pendant fixture! We laughed as we both felt very validated. But there is a twist to this trend. Well, actually it goes for most trends. This particular lamp (shown above and below) is not new. It’s actually a few years old. But that’s very normal because while the internet makes things feel fast, it still takes a while for high-end trends to trickle down…which is why both Arlyn and I both individually saw these photos just now in various awesome spaces.
While it’s not for everyone’s home (in style and price) this fixture is pretty spectacular and had us noticing some other pretty great contenders…
This deflated woven bag look is kinda great and looks like it could be a very doable DIY if you were feeling crafty. It’s just such a textural, high impact fixture.
This multi-pendant look lends very seamlessly to the more earthy, boho style as pictured in the previous photos above but I also reeeally love it in a modern aesthetic. It brings in so much dimension while still letting the space be minimal.
Now, I didn’t want to leave you in the lurch and only show you beautiful photos and no way to get these looks into your home. So here are a few of our favorites:
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This trend is clearly more versatile than say sea shells but are you on board? Just so you know our love for lighting is vast and diverse. We still love chandeliers but boy are we in love with all these trends. Do you have a favorite style? Have you already jumped in on one of these trends? Let us know in the comments how you FEEL.
Love you, mean it.