14 hallway lighting ideas – stylish ways brighten your hallway

We have plenty of hallway lighting ideas whether you are after practical solutions or statement pendants

Hallway lighting ideas
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Mixing up hallway lighting ideas is key to getting this space just right. You want to create the perfect entrance to your home, but let's be honest, hallways are often overlooked when it comes designing and decorating the space. We want to change that, so that you can witness what gorgeous and practical hallway lighting is, to see how it can brighten up what may be the tiniest space in your home. 

So, whether you have a dark hallway that requires an inventive lighting solution or if you are looking for a more stylish statement light to be a focal point of your space, we have you covered. Just keep on scrolling for our edit of stylish hallway lighting ideas...

Discover more hallway ideas if you're looking for fresh inspiration and if you are new at hallway design be sure to check out our feature.

1. Create a focal point with hallway lighting

Hallway lighting by Neptune

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Let your hallway lighting do the talking with a simple design that catches the eye. A clear shade that shows off the bulbs won't look obtrusive in a small or narrow hallway. The sharp lines and black detailing of this Large Browning Lantern Pendant from Neptune makes a statement addition to a modern or classic scheme. 

Love the look of this hallway? You should definitely go and check our our grey hallway ideas

2. Choose different light sources to serve different purposes

Hallway lighting from Pooky

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When it comes to lighting a hallway it's important to think about the atmosphere you're looking to create. You may want a top light for practical, day-to-day use and a table lamp for a warmer, more atmospheric feel when guests come over. The combination of both within a space allows for versatility, while adding interest and texture. Find this similar lights at Pooky.

3. Use wall-lighting to illuminate specific zones

Hallway lighting by Davey Lighting

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This is one of the best hall lighting ideas for those blessed with a bigger hallway! In addition to adding a touch of sophistication, wall lighting is a great option if you need to illuminate a specific zone – perhaps a coat storage unit or console table. As well as serving a practical purpose, they're a nice alternative if you want to create a statement look but don't have a high enough ceiling for a chandelier or pendant lighting.

4. Pick hallway lighting in a contrasting colour

Hallway painted in Farrow and Ball Lulworth Blue and Wimborne White

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Make sure your hallway lighting doesn't go unnoticed by picking a striking design in a colour that contrasts with the wall paint or wallpaper.

This hallway has been painted in the gorgeous Lulworth Blue from Farrow & Ball and this gold light totally pops against it. For a similar light, try Made, and for more inspiring hallway paint ideas check out our feature. 

5. Make a statement with pendant lighting

London White Sandstone flooring from Lapicida

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The eye-catching effects that can be achieved with pendant lighting are a lovely option for hallways with higher ceilings. Be mindful of choosing something that suits the height of a space and doesn't overwhelm it.

For a similar hallways lighting try Jim Lawrence.

6. Get an industrial look with shade-free hallway lighting

Hallway with exposed brick wall and metal framed windows and door

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If you want to inject a touch of the industrial look into your hallway, pick out cage pendant lights, something like these John Lewis lights would be a good choice. 

And if you want to go even further down the industrial route, match them with an exposed brick wall (not as hard to achieve as you might think - just check out our guide to how to create an exposed brick wall). 

Shop more hallway lighting at John Lewis & Partners

7. Use sleek wall lighting to create a minimalist look

Hallway lighting from Christopher Wray

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An effective way of lighting a hallway, sleek wall lights make a great addition to a minimalist-inspired space. Alternatively, they can also be used as spotlights to draw attention to hanging artwork or ornaments on display

We love these Camillo Lights from Christopher Wray but you can find similar, more affordable wall lights at Wayfair 

8. Maximise light by strategically spacing light fittings

Hallway lighting in a row

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For an effective lighting option in a darker hallway, create a more seamless look with a row of fitted hallway ceiling lights. Whilst subtle and understated, they maximise the light within a space. For something similar, try The Range.

Then, for more tips on how to lighten a dark hallway take a look at our specialist guide.

9. Choose a steel finish for vintage hallway lighting 

Davey Lighting Oceanic Pendant

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If your style is more vintage, opt for hallway lighting with a simple silhouette. A caged-effect steel finish is a great option if you're looking for a statement piece that suits a hardier aesthetic.  We love the no frills design of this Davey Lighting Oceanic Pendant from Original BTC. Find similar at Debenhams


10. Consider a table lamp for a softer finish

Concrete table lamp from Cox&Cox

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If you don't like the idea of statement hallway lighting or want to create a more inviting atmosphere in your hallway, a subtle lampshade that blends into the rest of your scheme is a great alternative. Position on a console table and couple with photo frames or house plants. 

We love this on-trend Concrete Table Lamp from Cox & Cox. 

11. Make a statement with a timeless chandelier 

Parquet Khaki porcelain flooring, £82.80 per m2 from Lapicida

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Opt for a dramatic chandelier if you want to make the most of a hallway with high ceilings and a grand staircase. What's important is investing in something that looks refined and will stand the test of time.

Find more standout unique lighting at Amara

12. Create a luxe feel with a brass finish desk lamp

Dutchbone Eclipse desk lamp from Houseology

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Add a luxe feel to a dim hallway with a table lamp in a brushed brass finish. Opt for a classic design and simple silhouette if you're looking for a timeless design that will complement any scheme. Find this Dutchbone Eclipse Desk Lamp at Houseology. 

13. Choose a stand-alone piece that makes a visual impact

EOS large light from VITA Copenhagen

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In addition to serving a practical function, hallway lighting can also work as a design feature, so why not consider a statement floor lamp that catches the eye on entry? 

Find these stunning EOS lamp shades at Amara.

14. Add a large mirror to enhance your hallway lighting


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Two large globe pendant lights light up this vibrant hallway, but this light has been enhanced with the clever placement of a mirror that will reflect the light that they give off, making the room even brighter. Simple, but effective.

Can we also just take a sec to appreciate this paint colour please, it's brave but it totally works with the blue in the slightly more subtle floor tiles and the natural cork finish of the storage doors.  Plus it only works towards making the room feel even brighter. Love it. 

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