Combine beauty and utility with your home’s pendant lights

While there are many different schools of thought when it comes to interior decorating, one guiding principle holds true – your home should be a place you enjoy to live. At the end of the day, you should only select décor elements that your truly find appealing. Without these personal aspects, your home can become a place entirely devoted to an unknown person's tastes and whims.

Popular artist, writer, thinker and interior designer William Morris held this conviction dear in his own work. Morris sought to bring design and artistic sensibility back to the people in a way they found comfortable, practical and enjoyable.

On the subject, Morris stated: "You may hang your walls with tapestry instead of whitewash or paper; or you may cover them with mosaic; or have them frescoed by a great painter: all this is not luxury, if it be done for beauty's sake, and not for show: it does not break our golden rule: Have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."

This meeting point between aesthetics and practicality is perhaps most noticeable in a home's ceiling fixtures and pendant lights. Not only do these overhead sources of lighting provide warm illumination, but their construction offers intricate and beautiful designs. Both of these elements are essential for creating an inviting home for personal enjoyment and entertaining larger groups of guests.

You can tailor the effect of your lighting to suit your home's established décor. Traditional pendant lights typically feature ornate designs that exude sophistication – ideal for an older, more conservative home. Alternately, contemporary lights provide minimalist, modern styles. Whatever your home's appeal, pendant lights are the perfect complement.