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Reader request - bedside pendant lights

Finally - a reader request! It's been a while since I've had the time to do one of these posts (sorry to all those readers who have sent in requests and I haven't been able to get to them). This week's request comes from Candice: We are renovating at the moment and my husband has agreed to have bedside pendant lighting in our bedroom, so I was wondering if you had any good examples. I love rice paper lanterns but would probably go for something long and skinny rather than round. I agree that something on the slimmer side looks best but as you'll see below, there are many options. I love bedside pendant lights as they aren't really a typical option for that location.

Richard Powers
Living Etc.
House To Home
House To Home
3rd UNCLE design inc
Jay Jeffers
Stacy Zarin-Goldberg
Elle Decor
Amie Weitzman
AT Casa
Dana Wolter
ghislaine viñas

mlk studio design*sponge
Kemble Interiors Eric Striffler
Frédéric Vasseur Maison

Reader Comments (10)

the first one is a tom dixon 'beat' light.

you can find them here...


the 'sunset' link you used doesn't seem to help in the search.

great blog by the way - browse it daily since i found it.

25 Mar 2011 | Unregistered Commenterneko

I love the first one and also the one from living etc. that looks like it is made from scraps of fabric...lovely round-up, Kim..have a great weekend! xx meenal

all great ideas! my fave is the first one. so sculptural and looks like you could also swing from it!

25 Mar 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlaguna dirt

Love the pendant lights, but how could you miss Tommi Parzinger's brass lotus lamp? http://morewaystowastetime.blogspot.com/2007/09/ebay-find-of-day-lotus-lamp.html

25 Mar 2011 | Unregistered Commenterallison

They are all SO cool but what to do if you want to read in bed (one of our fav things). Deborah, Green Light District Design

I found that one a few days ago : http://interieur.tumblr.com/post/4091591834

25 Mar 2011 | Unregistered Commenterinterieur

It is an interesting option which I have been considering for some time, but will someone confirm if the positioning of light that way can be any conducive to reading in bed? Thanks! Natalia

25 Mar 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatalia

The previous owners of my house installed pendant lamps over the bed. Unlike most of these pics, the fixtures hang directly over the pillows (presumably the previous owners wanted to ensure they could read in bed). While they are practical for reading, they are an overall nuisance. The lights cast terribly unflattering shadows on our faces. When I flip on the switch in the morning, I feel as though a spotlight is being shone in my eyes. It's also frustrating to be tied to a particular furniture arrangement.

26 Mar 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

I have used a rice paper lantern as a bedside light and loved it:


28 Mar 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHarpa

Yeah, it is not a typical option, but it is sure a very good option. It brings different appeal and makes the place classy.

8 May 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason Light

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