40 Living Rooms with Pendant Lights (Photos)



pendant lightingPendant lights aren’t a super popular living room ceiling lighting option; chandeliers and flush-mount ceiling lights are a bit more common.  Lamps (table and floor) are also popular for living rooms.

When living rooms have pendant lighting, it’s often complemented with recessed lighting (track lighting in older homes).

Nevertheless, as you will see in our gallery below, some living rooms do have pendant lights.

FYI, in some cases, there’s a debate whether a particular light is a pendant light or a chandelier.  Chandelier designs have moved into pendant light design territory while island and sputnik style pendants can appear as a chandelier.  Accordingly, we understand if you disagree with any particular categorization… sometimes it’s a judgment call.

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Large living room offering a gorgeous set of seats with a large ottoman, along with a large fireplace.

Large living room offering a gorgeous set of seats with a large ottoman, along with a large fireplace.

A contemporary living room boasting a wooden wall and ceiling. It offers modern seats and a stylish center table on top of a handsome gray area rug.

A contemporary living room boasting a wooden wall and ceiling. It offers modern seats and a stylish center table on top of a handsome gray area rug.

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A spacious living space featuring hardwood flooring and wooden walls, along with a tall wooden ceiling featuring two pendant lights.

A spacious living space featuring hardwood flooring and wooden walls, along with a tall wooden ceiling featuring two pendant lights.

A formal living room featuring glass doors and windows, along with a tall ceiling. The room offers classy set of seats and a large brown area rug.

A formal living room featuring glass doors and windows, along with a tall ceiling. The room offers a classy set of seats and a large brown area rug.

A stylish living room featuring a large stunning fireplace and a long gray modern couch lighted by a gorgeous pendant light.

A stylish living room featuring a large stunning fireplace and a long gray modern couch lighted by a gorgeous pendant light.

A great room featuring hardwood flooring and a ceiling with pendant lights. It offers a nice set of seats, a fireplace with a TV on top and a small dining nook on the side.

A great room featuring hardwood flooring and a ceiling with pendant lights. It offers a nice set of seats, a fireplace with a TV on top and a small dining nook on the side.

A contemporary home featuring a living space with a modern sofa set, lighted by charming pendant lights hanging from the tall ceiling.

A contemporary home featuring a living space with a modern sofa set, lighted by charming pendant lights hanging from the tall ceiling.

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Large living space with hardwood floors and yellow walls, along with a high ceiling. It offers a nice sofa set, a modern fireplace and a classy black piano on the side.

Large living space with hardwood floors and yellow walls, along with a high ceiling. It offers a nice sofa set, a modern fireplace and a classy black piano on the side.

A focused look at this home's formal living room with classy furniture sets along with a large pendant light hanging from the two-storey ceiling. The wall where the TV is set looks absolutely elegant.

A focused look at this home’s formal living room with classy furniture sets along with a large pendant light hanging from the two-story ceiling. The wall where the TV is set looks absolutely elegant.

Modern living room with a modern beige sofa set along with a fireplace and glass windows. The home also features large tiles flooring.

Modern living room with a modern beige sofa set along with a fireplace and glass windows. The home also features large tiles flooring.

A family living room offering a large pair of white sofa along with a widescreen TV set in front.

A family living room offering a large pair of the white sofa along with a widescreen TV set in front.

Contemporary-style living room boasting stylish flooring and a green wall. The room offers a modern gray L-shaped sofa along with built-in shelves and stylish pendant lights.

Contemporary-style living room boasting stylish flooring and a green wall. The room offers a modern gray L-shaped sofa along with built-in shelves and stylish pendant lights.

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This living space features a fireplace and a nice couch on the side, along with an elegant black piano on the side.

This living space features a fireplace and a nice couch on the side, along with an elegant black piano on the side.

A great room featuring a nice living space set lighted by a large pendant light along with a straight staircase leading to the dining area.

A great room featuring a nice living space set lighted by a large pendant light along with a straight staircase leading to the dining area.

A massive man cave with a living space, a bar area and a billiards table lighted by pendant lights hanging from the tall wooden vaulted ceiling with exposed beams.

A massive man cave with a living space, a bar area and a billiards table lighted by pendant lights hanging from the tall wooden vaulted ceiling with exposed beams.

Large living space boasting a classy sofa set and a fireplace with a TV on top, along with a classy black piano on the side.

Large living space boasting a classy sofa set and a fireplace with a TV on top, along with a classy black piano on the side.

A modern living space featuring a large L-shaped sofa along with a fireplace and a large flat-screen TV on the wall.

A modern living space featuring a large L-shaped sofa along with a fireplace and a large flat-screen TV on the wall.

Modern living room featuring a modern sofa set. The area features hardwood floors and a two-storey ceiling, along with glass windows and pendant lights.

Modern living room featuring a modern sofa set. The area features hardwood floors and a two-story ceiling, along with glass windows and pendant lights.

A spacious living room boasting comfy seats and a large area rug set under the home's ceiling with large exposed beams.

A spacious living room boasting comfy seats and a large area rug set under the home’s ceiling with large exposed beams.

Modern living space featuring a stunning ceiling along with carpeted flooring. The room offers a pair of modern brown sofa set and a stylish center table.

Modern living space featuring a stunning ceiling along with carpeted flooring. The room offers a pair of modern brown sofa set and a stylish center table.

A living space with a simplistic gray modern couch along with a study desk on the side with a widescreen monitor and built-in shelves.

A living space with a simplistic gray modern couch along with a study desk on the side with a widescreen monitor and built-in shelves.

A modern living room featuring a classy fireplace and a cozy sofa set with a stylish center table. There's a rustic piano on the side as well.

A modern living room featuring a classy fireplace and a cozy sofa set with a stylish center table. There’s a rustic piano on the side as well.

This living room features hardwood floors, wooden walls and a wooden ceiling featuring pendant lights. The area offers a comfy couch along with a small coffee table set.

This living room features hardwood floors, wooden walls and a wooden ceiling featuring pendant lights. The area offers a comfy couch along with a small coffee table set.

A great room with gray tiles flooring and a tall wooden ceiling. It has a white sofa and a gas fireplace.

A great room with gray tiles flooring and a tall wooden ceiling. It has a white sofa and a gas fireplace.

Modern formal living room with a pair of long and modern couches, along with a fireplace and gorgeous pendant lights.

Modern formal living room with a pair of long and modern couches, along with a fireplace and gorgeous pendant lights.

A living room with modern sofa set and a widescreen TV on the wall. The area also has a fireplace, together with white pendant lights.

Designed by dnca architects

A living room with modern sofa set and a widescreen TV on the wall. The area also has a fireplace, together with white pendant lights.

Large living room with a modern sofa set on top of a stylish area rug. The room features a custom ceiling and glass windows.

A focused shot at this living room’s modern L-shaped sofa together with the thick wooden center table.

A great room featuring a living space with a modern sofa set along with a dining table set at the back of the living space. The area features lined-up pendant ceiling lights.

Designed by Fivedot

A great room featuring a living space with a modern sofa set along with a dining table set at the back of the living space. The area features lined-up pendant ceiling lights.

A contemporary house offering a modern living space with a white sofa set and a gorgeous ceiling light, together with an elegant black piano and a modern gas fireplace.

A great room featuring a classy sofa set in the living room along with a beautiful dining table and chairs set under the home’s tall vaulted ceiling with exposed beams.

This formal living room offers a comfy set of seats along with a gorgeous ceiling light, surrounded by glass windows.

A modern living room boasting a stylish set of seats and center tables, along with a large fireplace on the wall.

A spacious living space featuring hardwood flooring and a set of white seats, together with a glass top center table.

This living area offers a modern L-shaped sofa along with a widescreen TV. The area is lighted by charming pendant lights.

A close up look at this living room with a brown leather sofa set with a modern fireplace set in front.

A stunning living room boasting a magnificent wooden tray ceiling along with elegant pieces of furniture. The ceiling lights are absolutely magnificent as well.

Designed by Kurtz Homes Naples

A stunning living room boasting a magnificent wooden tray ceiling along with elegant pieces of furniture. The ceiling lights are absolutely magnificent as well.

A spacious living room featuring classy and comfy seats on top of a large area rug. The ceiling offers a skylight and a pendant light.

A small living space featuring a modern black sofa set along with a fireplace. The room also features glass windows and pendant lights.

A focused look at this formal living space featuring classy seats and a glass top center table lighted by pendant lights.

A contemporary home boasting a living room with modern and stylish sofa set with a glass top center table. This area offers a stunning view of the surroundings.

Designed by Meridith Baer Home

A contemporary home boasting a living room with a modern and stylish sofa set with a glass top center table. This area offers a stunning view of the surroundings.

Are pendant lights a good living room option?

I think they’re great for tall ceilings because pendants can be dropped down quite a bit.

However, on the balance, pendants aren’t ideal because they are suspended and there aren’t large objects that block standing up.  Therefore any living room with standard height ceilings will with suspended pendant lights create a hazard.  I’m 6′ 3″ and therefore I’d walk right into them.

Benefits of pendant lights for living rooms

Bar or solid object:  If your living room has a bar or some large solid object, illuminating that area with a pendant light works well.

Tall ceilings:  As stated above, because pendants can be dropped down quite a ways, they make for a good option in living rooms with tall ceilings.

Where to buy Pendant Lights for the Dining Room

Here’s a batch of reputable online retailers who sell pendant lights: