How to Light a Hallway

How to light a hallway

The humble hallway is one of the most important rooms in your home. As the first area visitors see when they enter, it sets the tone for what is to come. However, it’s often overlooked. Given the multi-functional nature of this space, careful consideration is needed when it comes to choosing the best lighting for your hallway. Here are some ideas to help you create a hallway that meets the needs of busy households, while remaining attractive and welcoming to visitors.

Widen a narrow space

When using lighting correctly, it can help break up a narrow space and create a more interesting space. Recessed downlights can be used to focus on artwork or canvases on the wall. It’s a good idea to avoid central downlights as these will not aid in breaking the space up, and instead make the hallway feel flat and cold.

Paint the hallway a dark colour 

Typically, we opt for a lighter wall paint to make our hallways feel more spacious. However, painting your hallway a dark colour and using the right lighting will create a cozy, intimate feel, whilst making the rooms that lead off it feel much bigger and brighter.

Use table lamps to add warmth

If your hallway is wide enough for a small cabinet or console table, a well-chosen table light will provide a soft, warm glow that adds another layer to the main lighting.

Product idea: Hector Small Dome Table Light (see below image) 

Create layers of light to provide illumination 

Creating layers of light in your hallway can change the way it looks and feels. Wall lights can be used individually, or to compliment ceiling lights to create a range of lighting effects for different times of the day, or for those special occasions. 

Product idea: Glass School Wall Light

Light the farthest point from the entrance 

Adding an interesting light to the far end of the hall is a clever way of drawing the eye into the house, making it feel bigger. Another way to achieve this is to add mirrors down the hallway, which will reflect light back into the space.

Consider the ceiling height

If your hallway has a high ceiling, you can afford to opt for a large, extravagant pendant light to make use of the space and draw attention to the height of the area. For lower ceilings, lights that are flush with the ceiling will help to avoid making the hallway feel cluttered.

Product idea: Pembridge Size 1 Pendant

Control the atmosphere with dimmers

Using dimmer lights is an excellent way of changing the mood in your hallway in line with the time of day, for example at an evening dinner party. If you’ve dimmed the lights in the dining room and lounge to create a calm, relaxing ambiance, stepping out into a glaringly bright hallway can be jarring. Being able to control the brightness in the hallway will enable you to extend this relaxing mood throughout your entire home.

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