The images above, from Ikea Family LIVE, are from a sweet little Berlin apartment where the lighting has clearly been installed with care. The couple seems to subscribe to the notion that one can never have too many lamps. And the effect is cozy and warm, making the small-ish space feel intimate rather than cramped.
Try choosing pendant lamps of different textures and sizes and hanging them at different heights to create depth and interest. This also creates a layered light source with a softer effect than a single flat overhead fixture. In the apartment pictured, the couple combines pendant lighting with table and floor lamps, along with task-appropriate wall-mounted lighting. The interplay of all three types of light is what really brings the space alive.
Have you tried a mix-and-match look with pendant lamps? Do tell!
(Images: Ikea Family LIVE)