Hanging pendants and drum shades are everywhere. They’re stylish and usually a quite inexpensive way to introduce a little pop into your lighting. Hanging drum shades is a great way to cast a warm glow in any space. The resulting light is warmer and less harsh than your typical overhead lighting. But sometimes it’s difficult to know how/where exactly to hang the buggers.
When hanging over a table, the bottom of the drum shade should be between 26 and 36 inches above it. The lower it’s hung, the warmer and cozier the light. It is doesn’t have a table under it and will be walked beneath, hang it 7 feet from the floor. You probably don’t have any friends taller than 7 feet, right? Oh, and they look great in pairs!
Getting a harsh view of the bulb from underneath? You can find a diffuser disk to fit inside the shade at a lamp-parts store or online.
Make your own custom hanging fixture by buying a plain hanging drum shade using spray adhesive to attach fabric.
You can hang most pendants from a regular ceiling fixture, or find a pendant with a cord and plug. Then you can hang it wherever you like with a hook and plug it into a wall outlet. Or, find shades you love and buy a light/cord kit to make your own. Shades of Light is a great source for all kinds of options.
Use a pair instead of bedside lamps to give you more space on your bedside tables.
It doesn’t matter how beautiful your furniture or accessories are – without good and varied lighting, the whole room will fall flat. My clients are generally amazed at the difference the right lighting makes!