Downward pendants bring light close to a key surface like a dining table or side table which helps create a sense of intimacy. Upward pendants and general-glow pendants give a more ambient light to the room’s core with the former letting light bounce downward off the ceiling first while highlighting any overhead features in the process.
Pendant lights can also function like sconces when placed against a wall especially in a bathroom. Always remember: When a person will be looking in a mirror to shave or apply makeup it’s important to light the person and not just the mirror. A few lights in the center may make the room feel bright enough but only lights in front of the user will truly illuminate the face.
Adding lights to stair risers is beneficial since it can be hazardous negotiating stairs especially at night. Staircases are often enclosed so light them from the sides or embed lights in the risers as a design element.