Top 10 Drum Pendant Lighting Ideas For Modern Homes

Modern white kitchen with silver drum pendant lights

Have a glimpse at what professional residential interior designers are picking from as their top 10 picks of drum pendant lighting. These fixtures can drastically change the overall feel of a space. Functionally, they add some much needed light into a room. This is especially useful for spaces that require task lighting such as kitchens or reading rooms. Aesthetically, the lights add some dramatic or ambient atmosphere to any room. As design elements, they can function as conversation starters and interesting accent pieces.

In this article, we’ll take a peek at the different aspects of these lights usage and design. And later, we’ll be looking at the top 10 drum pendant lighting that you could use for your home.

Types of Drum Pendant Lighting

Modern pendant hanging light in bedroom

A pendant light is an independent type of lighting fixture suspended from above with a cord or fixed rod. Also called drops or suspenders, these fixtures are often hung in series from the ceiling, but can very easily, though not as often, be hung as single units. In either case, they effectively function as design accents that give some character to otherwise bare ceilings.

There are different types of drum pendant lights, so much so that listing them all would take all day. However, these types can roughly be classified according to four main characteristics – suspension system, materials, styles, and price.

Suspension system just means how the fixture is hung from the above surface. It can be hung using a chain or vinyl cord, a series of tension wires, or a fixed metal rod.

Materials for these lights are innumerably varying. They can be made of steel, aluminum, bronze, glass, and sometimes even wood.

Styles can also vary based on a designer’s taste. They can be contemporary, post-modern, mid-century modern, classical, etc.

And finally, this type of light can loosely be classified based on their selling prices. Simpler, less ornate builds will cost cheaper while the more luxurious, branded ones will, of course, cost more.

Pendant With Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish

Pendant with oil rubbed bronze finish drumStyle: Contemporary Art Deco

Design: White sheet fabric shade in brown brushed metal framing suspended on fixed metal rod and metal chain

Description: A fresh take on the classic Art Deco design of the 20th century, this three-light fixture is finished in a classy brushed bronze finish with overlapping oval tessellations and a simple, white shear fabric lamp shade underneath. This type of bold yet simple elegance makes this piece flexible and versatile. Use it for your dining room, living room, or kitchen.

Brushed Steel Pendant with Cork Shade

Brushed steel pendant lwith cork shadeStyle: Mid-Century Modern

Design: Rounded cork band shade on brushed steel base hung on fixed brushed steel rod

Description: The beautiful, organic texture of the cork shade contrasts beautifully with the sterility and neatness of the brushed steel base and rod. The soft white diffuser carefully gets rid of any excess glare that might come from the incandescent light bulb within the fixture. The trumpet-shaped base is also an interesting design piece suitable for the aesthetic of the fixture. Use it over dining tables or breakfast bars.

Pendant with Fabric Shade

Pendant with fabric shadeStyle: Modern Minimalist

Design: Frosted acrylic diffuser with polyester-terylene fabric shade on black powder-coated metal frame hung on black metal chain

Description: This three-light drum pendant fixtures has a sturdy, sleek steel frame with a simple white diffuser and fabric drum shade. The shade typically comes in multiple colors to appropriately match your room’s color scheme. This type is low-maintenance and specifically uses energy-efficient light bulbs. Use it in your dining area or living room.

Contemporary Pendant with Linen and Acrylic Shade

Contemporary pendant made of fabric and acrylic shadeStyle: Modern Glam

Design: Acrylic diffuser and fabric lamp shade on steel frame hung on black steel fixed rod

Description: Equipped with a dimming lamp, this fixture is perfect for adding a more contemporary and luxurious design accent to your interior space. With an aesthetic and style like this one, this particular brand of drum pendant lighting is best used in master bedrooms or master bathrooms, although using it in living room isn’t a bad idea either.

Brushed Nickel Double-Drum Pendant with Fabric Shade

Brushed nickel drum with fabric shadeStyle: Traditional Minimalist

Design: Shear white fabric diffusers on brushed nickel frames hung on fixed brushed steel rod

Description: A more minimalist, contemporary take, this fixture has a classy, stark, and simple design that’s suitable for more luxurious-themed spaces. The fabric shade sufficiently dims the lamps inside, preventing too much glare. With its lightweight build and its easy to install assembly, this flexible fixture can be used in dining rooms, kitchens, and living rooms.

Sheer Linen Shade With Chandelier Beads

Sheer linen pendant chandelierStyle: Glam

Design: Black sheer fabric shade with glass drop decor on chrome finished metal frame hung from metal chain

Description: This fixture is a good example of a hybrid pendant-chandelier fixture. It has a reasonably luxurious look and uses a darker diffuser to add a more somber ambiance to a space. Its chrome frame adds a nice classy touch as well. Use this on formal dining rooms or living rooms.

Cage Drum

Cage pendant with chainStyle: Contemporary Art Deco

Design: Linen shade and diffuser on lightweight black iron patterned frames, hung on metal chain

Description: Classy metalwork adorns this neo-traditional drum pendant lighting fixture. A softer, shear white linen lamp shade acts as a diffuser to the assembly and regulates the intensity of the light. Suspend this chain-hung beauty on your dining room table.

Antiqued Metal Drum

Antiqued metal pendant with bronze finishStyle: Rustic Industrial

Design: Raw patina finish industrial steel lamp shade on black steel frame hung on steel chain

Description: For homeowners and designers looking for that classic rustic, industrial look, this unique piece of lighting artwork can be effective in giving your room just that extra bit of style. With clear patina markings, a unique multi-colored design is seen on the surface of the metal lamp shade. Use this for your rustic living room or entrance foyer.

Chrome Drum

Chrome pendant Style: Eclectic Post-Modern

Design: Chrome-plated etched steel lamp shade and diffuser hung on tension wires

Description: With intricately punched out patterns on the metal shade, interesting lighting patterns can be produced especially with the ample amount of lumens supplied by the 9 light bulbs that can fit in this assembly. This fixture is also specifically designed to direct light downwards, so it’s perfect for spotlighting counter top areas in your kitchen or reading areas in your living room or reading room.

Gray Geometric Design Drum

Gray chandelier with decorative orbsStyle: Eclectic Glam

Design: White fabric shade with glass droplet decor and diffusers on black patterned steel frames hung on fixed chrome-plated steel rod

Description: A variety of different materials used fixture – namely, white sheer fabric, patterned black metal framing, glass droplets decor, and stainless steel suspension rod – this design element embodies the essence of eclectic design. With this eye-catching display of style, use this for entrance foyers or hallways for your guests to enjoy.

Pendants vs. Chandeliers

We’ve previously featured different kinds of chandeliers and for most cases, pendant lighting and chandeliers can very easily be confused with each other. Admittedly, the two have very obvious similarities that can be grounds for lumping them with each other. One could even argue that whole concept of these lights is derived from chandeliers, those being in use as early as several hundred years ago.

However, there are key differences between these two types of lighting – number of lights per fixture and number of fixtures hung from the ceiling.

Chandeliers often branch off into several different light bulbs or light sources that are hung from a single rope, cord, or rod. Pendant lighting is often just one light bulb suspended from the ceiling.

Additionally, chandeliers are almost always used as singular accent pieces and serve as a focal design point for a room’s ceiling. In these cases, chandeliers serve mainly as aesthetic additions to a space. Each pendant lighting fixture on the other hand, very often is used as a part of a series of similarly hung pendants. Although still stylistic, these fixtures are more functional in design than chandeliers.

In modern-day design, we have hybrid “pendant chandeliers” that are a bit of a mix between chandeliers and pendants. We’ll take a look at some of them below.

Contemporary kitchen with bronzed drum lights above wood countertop island

Advantages of Pendants With Drum Designs

A pendant lighting fixture’s main claim to fame is how it is effectively suspended from ceilings above. This is useful in a variety of ways.

As mentioned before, there will be rooms in the house that require more specific task-related lighting. An example would be the kitchen counter where a lot of knife handling and food measuring takes place. Reading rooms also require some good amount of lumens for you to be able to read properly. Suspended types would address all these task lighting needs when utilized properly.

Suspended lighting fixtures are also very useful in cases where the ceiling is too high and pin lights are not feasible. This can also be the cases with ceilings where roof beams and rafters are exposed and there’s no ceiling boards to mount pin lights on. In any of these cases, this light fixture type would be good ways to circumvent these potential issues.

This type, in particular, has a round, ring-like band around the light bulb or lamp itself. This is where the “drum” part of the name comes from. The drum serves as a diffuser or lamp shade to regulate the amount of glare and the intensity of the light that comes from the fixture. As such, it is perfect when you need task lighting but don’t want too much glare.

Lastly, with their suspended nature, they are perfect design accents that can really elevate the aesthetic quality and value of any residential interior space. With all these in mind, what specific rooms can these fixtures be used effectively? Here are a few examples.

Contemporary bedroom with crystal pendant

Where to Use Drum-Pendant Lighting

Kitchens – Kitchens are perfect candidates for these fixtures. With a plethora of focus-intensive tasks that need ample task lighting, these lights are a boon to most home kitchens. You’ll see these types of lights suspended over long counter tops, more often than not island counters. They help with food prep, the actual cooking, or just morning conversations over breakfast on the breakfast bars.

Dining Rooms – This fixture is known to add ambiance and some atmosphere to a space. Dining rooms can greatly use this to its advantage. It is not uncommon to see a series of these lights suspended either around a dining room table or directly on top. This option g is perfect to reduce glare and regulate the intensity of the light. Visit this page for more dining room lighting ideas for your home.

Bedrooms – Bedroom spaces need lots of ample lighting for various reasons. For most homeowners, bedrooms double as home offices or reading spaces. As such, this type of light is greatly helpful for when users need to finish a novel at night or need to do some last minute paperwork before they go to bed. Plus, you can’t deny just how good it looks suspended from the bedroom ceiling.

Living Room – This fixture can work especially well in a smaller living room space. For large layouts, consider installing two of the same types side by side above the central part of the seating area.

Bathrooms – While using this style is less common than using a bathroom chandelier they can still be a great choice. These fixtures work best when positioned above a bathtub, hung in the center of the room or as a set above the vanity. Take a look at our gallery of bathroom pendants for more ideas.

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