The Friday Five :: Rustic Pendants

In the past several years, there has been a distinct trend toward rustic & reclaimed decor. The warm materials and worn textures bring to mind homes with history and provenance. While clearly there's nothing wrong with shiny and new, there is a certain charm and comfort that comes with furnishings that appear aged and hand-crafted. We're seeing the look carried over from found trestle tables and decorative objects into some of the most beautiful accents. Here, I'm highlighting five of my favorite rustic pendants at the moment.


grayledge chandelier, rustic pendants

From Currey & Co, this pendant has an industrial feel with a weathered gray wood finish and metal stem and canopy in aged iron. At 23" round, this would be perfect over a medium size dining table or even paired up over a large island as oversized pendants - a look that is very in right now. {PS - mini-pendants are a thing of the past...let's update those babies!}


wood lattice lantern, rustic pendants

A very versatile shape, this lantern-style pendant has simple lines with just enough detail to make it interesting but not overdone. The weathered wood finish is a blend of taupes & creams, making it a nice complement to almost any decor. The 16" square size is nice for a small foyer or over a breakfast table, but also works well over an island. For a 6' island, I'd recommend two.

Unique Shape

beesthorpe lantern, rustic pendants

I'm always on the hunt for a unique shape and the Beesthorpe fits the bill. A play on the classic beehive, this fixture is hand finished in a textural bronze and accented with chestnut wood bindings. While it has a distinctly rustic feel, the warm glow of the metal elevates this light in a lovely way. Because of its height, I see this in a foyer or breakfast room and think it's stunning as a single.


bristol chandelier, rustic pendants

A twist on the orb chandelier we're seeing so much of these days, this version is a little weightier. With an elegant weathered pewter finish on the iron, the 6-light fixture is accented with a center band of beautiful warm wood. This pendant can stand it's ground as a single and make quite a statement doing so.


valencia pendant, rustic pendants

Oh World Market, how I do love thee...let me count the ways! In this case, about $130, which takes this week's wallet-friendly prize. I'm digging this pendant for many reasons: the warm tone of the mango wood is a perfect medium grayish-brown and the metal is a nice black matte - just right when you don't want to go too rustic. The size is 12" square, meaning it works well in multiples as island pendants.


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