Although long pendant-style lights are shown on these pages, most of the shades can be used in shorter-length fittings, too. Here, the three basic fixture types, with tips from lighting designer Joseph Rey-Barreau for placing them right.
Flush mount: This no-stem style is a space-saving option for cozy bedrooms and hallways with 8-foot (or lower) ceilings in need of good ambient light. "To maximize light in small areas, one centered on the ceiling is fine," says Rey-Barreau. "For larger spaces, like a 20-foot-long corridor, placing one every 8 to 10 feet works best."