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 (and avoid fumbling around on dark mornings) it's essential that you think carefully about the lighting that you choose.
So, 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.
1. Create a focal point with hallway lighting
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Let the lighting in your hallway 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. Find similar at Cox & Cox
Love the look of this hallway? You should definitely go and check our our grey hallway design ideas.
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.
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.
4. Pick a light in a contrasting colour
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
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 design try Jim Lawrence.
6. Get an industrial look in a hallway with shade-free fittings
If you want to inject a touch of the industrial look into your hallway, pick out cage pendant lights, something like these Davey Lighting pendant 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).
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
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
Then, for more tips on how to lighten a dark hallway take a look at our specialist guide.
9. Choose a steel finish for a vintage feel
If your style is more vintage, 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.
10. Consider a table lamp for a softer finish
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
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.
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.
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 these stunning EOS lamp shades at Amara.