Fun Colorways for Pagoda Pendants

Fun Colorways for Pagoda Pendants

Fun Colorways for Pagoda Pendants

Chinoiserie colors can draw on inspiration from so many sources! Blue-and-white porcelain, glossy red or black and white lacquer, and fun less traditional peony pink and green.

A&B Home FD38410 Pagoda Chandelier from the Florence de Dampierre Collection

A&B Home FD38410 Pagoda Chandelier from the Florence de Dampierre Collection

Black Pagoda Pendants

Most pagoda pendant lights you find come in black. It’s a solid statement.

Westinghouse Valley Forge Pendant with Copper Details and a Copper Chain

Westinghouse Valley Forge Pendant with Copper Details and a Copper Chain

Sometimes the black is ornamented with some metal accents. This pendant is not actually sold to be a pagoda pendant. It is part of a collection of exterior lights that are meant to be a traditional American style. But, the shape has a pagoda feel.

Textured Grey Paint on Golden Lighting 0838-4P VS Finley Oriental Pendant

Textured Grey Paint on Golden Lighting 0838-4P VS Finley Oriental Pendant

Keep the black and ad a little interest by incorporating some grey.

Black Socket Cluster with Dark Grey and Light Grey details on Golden Lighting 0838-4P VS Finley Oriental Pendant

Black Socket Cluster with Dark Grey and Light Grey details on Golden Lighting 0838-4P VS Finley Oriental Pendant

Or use the black for contrast.

Red with a Grey Socket Cluster - Golden Lighting 0838-4P VS Finley Oriental Pendant

Red with a Grey Socket Cluster – Golden Lighting 0838-4P VS Finley Oriental Pendant

Red Pagoda Pendants

Red is a great choice. Either in a bright shade, or more muted.

Sherry Kline Home China Art Red Bedding

Sherry Kline Home China Art Red Bedding

This red and gold bedroom would look great with a red pagoda pendant!

Rich Red with a pop of unexpected color on the purple socket cluster on the Westinghouse Valley Forge Pendant with Copper Accents

Rich Red with a pop of unexpected color on the purple socket cluster on the Westinghouse Valley Forge Pendant with Copper Accents

This pendant has a more muted dark lacquer red, with the surprise of a purple bulb cluster.

Distressed Rust and Black on a A&B Home FD38410 Pagoda Chandelier from the Florence de Dampierre Collection

Distressed Rust and Black on a A&B Home FD38410 Pagoda Chandelier from the Florence de Dampierre Collection

This distressed rust red color is very traditional in feeling.

Metal Pagoda Birdcage from eBay

Metal Pagoda Birdcage from eBay

Or you can draw inspiration from vintage things, like this pagoda bird cage.

Distressed Green and Black on a A&B Home FD38410 Pagoda Chandelier from the Florence de Dampierre Collection

Distressed Green and Black on a A&B Home FD38410 Pagoda Chandelier from the Florence de Dampierre Collection

Green Pagoda Pendant Lights

Green is another traditional color choice.

Ralph Lauren in Olive Green - I think this is Tamarind Scroll - Ralph Lauren Chinoiserie

Ralph Lauren in Olive Green
I think this is Tamarind Scroll

Ralph Lauren has a version of his Chinoiserie inspired bedding in a shade of olive green.

Green Paint contrasts with the Copper Details on the Westinghouse Valley Forge Pendant

Green Paint contrasts with the Copper Details on the Westinghouse Valley Forge Pendant

The Westinghouse Valley Forge Pendant with copper accents would look wonderful with a shade of olive green.

Pink and Green Paint on Golden Lighting 0838-4P VS Finley Oriental Pendant

Pink and Green Paint on Golden Lighting 0838-4P VS Finley Oriental Pendant

Pink and Green Pagoda Lighting

A fun newer look is a bright green with peony pink.

Embroidered Palm Pagoda Frame Towel with Monogram by Jessiemae

Embroidered Palm Pagoda Frame Towel with Monogram by Jessiemae

Shades of pink and green in fun Asian inspired motifs are available in a lot of places.

Chinoiserie Embroidered Towels by Jessiemaie >

Pink and Green Paint on Golden Lighting 0838-4P VS Finley Oriental Pendant

Pink and Green Paint on Golden Lighting 0838-4P VS Finley Oriental Pendant

Different shades of pink and green add a fun feeling, not too serious.

Pink and Green Paint on Golden Lighting 0838-4P VS Finley Oriental Pendant

Pink and Green Paint on Golden Lighting 0838-4P VS Finley Oriental Pendant

Adding these colors even to a chandelier or pendant that you already have, creates an instant happy place.

Pink and Green Paint on Westinghouse Valley Forge Pendant

Pink and Green Paint on Westinghouse Valley Forge Pendant

There are a lot of variations in the colors, that work.

Pink and Deeper Pink on Westinghouse Valley Forge Pendant

Pink and Deeper Pink on Westinghouse Valley Forge Pendant

Pink Pagoda Pendants

Instead of green, coordinate the peony pink with a richer shade of pink.

Purple with a Black Socket Cluster on Westinghouse Valley Forge Pendant

Purple with a Black Socket Cluster on Westinghouse Valley Forge Pendant

Or contrast pink or even purple with black.

Blue paint with a White painted Socket Cluster and Top Reflector on Golden Lighting 0838-4P VS Finley Oriental Pendant

Blue paint with a White painted Socket Cluster and Top Reflector on Golden Lighting 0838-4P VS Finley Oriental Pendant

Blue and White Pagoda Pendant Chandeliers

Blue and white is a traditional combination (and what is in my house).

White Painted body and Canopy and a Blue Painted Socket Cluster on the Westinghouse Valley Forge Pendant with Copper Details

White Painted body and Canopy and a Blue Painted Socket Cluster on the Westinghouse Valley Forge Pendant with Copper Details

Brighten up your lighting with whatever shade of blue you are using. You can contrast it with white.

White Painted Socket Cluster on the Westinghouse Valley Forge Pendant

White Painted Socket Cluster on the Westinghouse Valley Forge Pendant

Or have a very dark blue on the outside, with only the socket cluster highlighted in white enamel paint.

Bright Blue painted Golden Lighting 0838-4P VS Finley Oriental Pendant

Bright Blue painted Golden Lighting 0838-4P VS Finley Oriental Pendant

Bright blue alone is a contrast against a white ceiling.

Distressed Dark Blue Shades on the A&B Home FD38410 Pagoda Chandelier from the Florence de Dampierre Collection

Distressed Dark Blue Shades on the A&B Home FD38410 Pagoda Chandelier from the Florence de Dampierre Collection

Dark matte blue paint is distressed over the original black on this pagoda chandelier.

Purple Metallic Paint on Troy Lighting Dorchester Asian Influenced Indoor/Outdoor Pendant

Blue Purple Metallic Paint on Troy Lighting Dorchester Asian Influenced Indoor/Outdoor Pendant

And blue metallic paint works indoors or out.

All of this lighting is from Oriental and Asian Inspired Chandeliers and Pendants on Deep Discount Lighting >

How to Paint Lighting

I’m not going to go into a lot of detail. There are plenty of how-to videos on YouTube that handle this so much better.

You don’t have to be as careful with painting lighting as with a lot of other things because they are not going to be examined very closely and because they aren’t going to be handled a lot.

When just adding a little detail with a paint pen or changing the outside color with a brush, I have painted it in place. You can even unscrew the ring holding the canopy down and brush a new color on. I wrapped the chain in saran wrap first to keep the paint off the chain.

But if you really want to paint it all, take it down. Turn off the power first, of course.

If it has glass, see if you can remove it. If not, use some masking tape and paper to keep the paint off it.

You can often easily remove the socket assembly, by unscrewing the loop at the top that holds the light to the chain. If not, I wrap it with saran wrap.

If you are using spray paint, remember to keep it moving and to apply it in light layers. Otherwise you will get lumps and runs. If this happens and it is noticeable, wait for it to dry completely and file it smoother with a fine nail buffer (like for a manicure), then give it another very light spray if it needs it.

If you are painting with a brush, you can smooth any runs as you go. There is a product called Latex Paint Remover. It is your friend. It will clean even dried on latex paint from your clothes, your floor and anywhere else you don’t want it.



Another tool that will make a lot of jobs easier is chain pliers. They open and close chain without bending or scratching it.

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