Want to Brighten Up Your Space?

Creative lighting choices can bring an entire room to life with the flick of a switch. Here, 15 of the best pendant-style light fixtures, from practical buys to design-forward pieces worth saving up for.

Lighting is an aspect of home design we're paying a lot more attention to these days, and for good reason: a well-appointed light fixture can change the entire feel of a room for the better.

Don't have every decor element of your room ironed out? No one will notice, because they'll be too distracted by the beautiful, atmospheric lighting of these conversation-starting lamps.

One of these 15 designs may well provide the ambiance upgrade you need.

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Fun and Futuristic Creations

Light dimmers are officially a thing of the past. Fluxo, controlled by your phone, is the world's first "smart lamp." The integrated app allows you to control the intensity, direction, color, and overall distribution of light by painting your own personal "light scenes" straight onto your phone. (The company is now taking pre-orders via Indiegogo.)

Fluxo by Luke Roberts, $497, indiegogo.com.
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This moon-shaped lamp uses a combination of resin and fiberglass to emulate the uneven, bumpy surface of the moon. Charmed? We're over the moon about it, actually.

Luna Pendant Light by Ina-es.artdesign, $745, ylighting.com.
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Every day is a party with these balloon lamps! Whether you have one of them in your bedroom or 20 scattered around the house, these lights will keep you in a festive spirit. Bonus: they never deflate!

Balloon Pendant Light, $187, e-glue.fr.
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Halo, gymnastics ring, or lamp? We'll go with the third option. This 3-D printed minimal design looks like it's simply a ceramic loop—that is, until you flip the switch.

Angel, $499, two.parts.
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High-Design Fixtures

Each one of these beautiful industrial pendant lamps is handmade in New Orleans—and while the all-brass metal body is certainly eye-catching, we're particularly into the cotton cording available in fun patterns like green-and-yellow overbraid, and red-and-putty houndstooth.

The Berks Lamp, $300, mpdesignshop.com.
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Graphic artist Anna Farkas and interior designer Miklós Batisz made everyone's inner child jump up and down when they first launched their series of enchanting constellation lights (and made a bunch of astronomers really happy in the process, too). Did we mention you can even create your own custom night sky simply by giving the designers a specific date, time, and location of your choosing?

Starry Light by Anagraphic, Prices Vary, starrylightlamps.com.
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Since opening their very first showroom in New York City this spring, Roll & Hill has substantially expanded their collection of handmade light fixtures. There are too many beauties to pick a favorite, but we certainly have our eye on this one, inspired by the tiny Tennessee town for which it's named.

Bluff City by Jonah Takagi, $750, rollandhill.com.
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The lighting forms in this "Circuit Series" by Apparatus aim to create rhythm through repetition, which certainly helps to explain why the whole collection is so soothing. (But "Circuit 7 Alternating," pictured, is really calling our name.)

Circuit Series, prices vary, aparatusstudio.com.
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These hand-blown creations are all about symmetry and balance—and the soft glow from the colored glass can't be beat.

Pinch Chroma Modern Pendant Light, $795, shop.nichemodern.com.
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Glass bubbles that look lighter than air! This distinctive piece will add a sophisticated sense of whimsy to any room.

Pendant Bubble Chandelier, Prices Vary, pelledesigns.com
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