All About Pendants - The Original BTC Way
Whether you’re looking to light your period property or a modern industrial apartment, Pendant lights are a stylish choice capable of punctuating any room with character. Over at Original BTC, Peter Dowles and his team have come up with a timeless range of pendants that will always breathe confidence, quirkiness and elegance into any space in need of a facelift.
So, before we discuss the different styles available from Original BTC, first, let’s talk about things to consider when choosing and using pendant lights. Learning how to use any lighting correctly can prevent you from encountering designer pitfalls that come with interior decor.
To start, let’s take a Victorian period property; high ceilings, narrow halls and all. Here you have excellent headspace for something a little adventurous. High ceilings offer so much freedom when it comes to deciding what type of lighting you’d like - you can pretty much choose anything. Perfect. So, most pendants are designed to cast light down, but patterns and different materials can shake this up a little. Various design elements can turn a narrow hallway into a stylish passage leading visitors from room to room that doesn’t go forgotten itself. A dose of clever light trickery goes a long way.
Original BTC’s vast range of bone china shaded lights are sure to pack a punch, overflowing with unique design elements and personality. Take the Pembridge Pendant, for example. With its overlapping tiers of fine bone china, light is gently diffused to create a soft, atmospheric glow. Also available as a floor or pendant light in three sizes, this light would fill your hall with feminine sophistication for a warm welcome to any visitor. Ceramic allows the light to permeate through to create a pool of light. The classic hallmarks of Original BTC design, such as an understated cotton woven braid, fit perfectly with the bold proportions and detailed features of Victorian properties. Don’t give this art deco twist a miss! Click here to check it out
Perhaps you have a more modern home. Another way you can incorporate the cosmopolitan charm of Original BTC into your house is through focus lighting. Combine groups of pendants above a surface for a sleek solution to finish your new kitchen, or to illuminate your dining room table. For this, I’m going to suggest the Hatton Pendant. Possessing intricately beautiful bone china shades, these lights showcase the highly skilled and labour intensive processes needed to transform bone china into multi-faceted, symmetrical, gem-like forms. When switched off these lights have a geometric, sculptural beauty, and when switched on they provide warm, ambient lighting with dramatic lines and shadows. The Lights are available in 5 different shade designs. Each have a complementing faceted bone china ceiling rose, with a contrasting black cotton braided flex, providing a contemporary edge. A grouping of three turns this angular triumph into a truly iconic centrepiece, hanging at eye level above your dinner table. Buy it here, cluster pendant available here. The perfect talking point for your dinner parties.
Maybe your style is a little more masculine. Original BTC have a stunning range of anthracite and brass designs which challenge and revive traditional lighting styles. Not least of all is the Glass School Pendant, which is a classic reimagined for maximum impact. Moody, brazen and brilliant, Davey Lighting’s School Light form has been repurposed in anthracite glass, giving the classic design a new and fresh dimension. Also available in opal or clear glass. Now available in two sizes, each glass shade has is hand blown in Original BTC’s glass factory, and fitted with an attractive brass or weathered brass chain and ceiling rose. The anthracite and clear glass shades show off the filament exposed light bulb, a trend that continues to evolve. For the bold industrial designer in us all, this rugged design captures the style’s best elements. This is one of my favourites. Buy it here.
Another choice is the Walter Pendant. It has a unique 1960s feel, with a striking combination of either satin brass or satin copper and a choice of opal or anthracite glass shades. The squirrel cage light bulbs complement this style beautifully, as do the black cotton braided cable and ceiling rose (also available in satin brass or satin copper). Available in two sizes. Here we have a simplistic design that is reminiscent of the past yet embraces modern, clean design that is perfectly formed. The touch of anthracite glass makes for an enchantingly dark centrepiece. Better yet, why not combine Walter with Davey Lighting’s School Glass Pendant for a daring statement throughout your home? Buy the Walter Pendant here.
- Dan Hawkins