13 stylish hallway lighting ideas

Create a welcoming – yet stylish – feel for when you walk through the door with our edit of on-trend hallway lighting

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Often overlooked, the hallway is the space that provides people with their first impression of your home. If you want to create a stylish yet welcoming  feel when you walk through the door, it's essential that you think carefully about lighting while designing a hallway

Whether you have a small hallway that's short on natural light and requires a light-enhancing solution, are blessed with space and looking for a more statement light fitting or are simply looking for the best hallway lighting buys, you're sure to find something that suits in our edit of stylish hallway lighting ideas.

Want more info? Find out how to light your hallway to best effect.

1. Create a focal point

Let the 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 makes a statement addition to a modern or classic scheme. Find it at Neptune. 

Neptune large Browning lantern pendant

(Image: © Neptune)

2. Choose different light sources to serve different purposes

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 Bobby Table Lamp at Pooky. 

Bobby table lamp from Pooky

(Image: © Pooky)

3. Use wall-lighting to illuminate specific zones

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.

We love the look of these Glass York Wall Lights from Original BTC. 

Davey Lighting York wall lights

(Image: © Davey Lighting York @ Original BTC)

4. Create a focal point with a patterned light fitting

Adding pattern can be a subtle way of incorporating personality into a hallway and there’s definitely no lack of opportunity when it comes to lighting. 

We love the cool, but understated feel of this Waves Shade from Heal's. 

Waves shade in medium from Heal's

(Image: © Heal's)

5. Make a statement with pendant lighting

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

For a similar design try Jim Lawrence.

London White Sandstone flooring from Lapicida, £94.80

London White Sandstone flooring from Lapicida, £94.80 

(Image: © Neale Smith)

6. Use lighting to inject a pop of colour into a space

If you would like to inject a pop of colour into an otherwise neutral scheme or create contrast with other bright and bold tones, this can be achieved with the help of a light shade in a statement colour. 

Find this Stanley Pendant at Pooky. 


Stanley Pendant from Pooky

(Image: © Pooky)

7. Use sleek wall lighting to create a minimalist look

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.

Camilo lighting from Christopher Wray

(Image: © Christopher Wray)

8. Maximise light by strategically spacing light fittings

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


Try a row of ceiling lights to add light to a dark hallway

(Image: © Kahrs)

9. Choose a steel finish for a vintage-industrial feel

If your style is more vintage-industrial, opt for a light fitting 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. 


Davey Lighting Oceanic Pendant

(Image: © Davey Lighting)

10. Consider a table lamp for a softer finish

If you don't like the idea of statement 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. 

Concrete table lamp from Cox&Cox

(Image: © Cox&Cox)

11. Make a statement with a timeless chandelier 

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.

We'd recommend trying John Lewis.

Parquet Khaki porcelain flooring, £82.80 per m2 from Lapicida

Parquet Khaki porcelain flooring, £82.80 per m2 from Lapicida 

(Image: © Lapicida)

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

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.

Fin this Dutchbone Eclipse Desk Lamp at Houseology. 

Dutchbone Eclipse desk lamp, £99, Houseology

(Image: © Houseology)

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

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

Find this stunning EOS Large Light at VITA Copenhagen.

EOS large light from VITA Copenhagen

(Image: © VITA Copenhagen)

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