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 ideas

EOS large light from VITA Copenhagen
(Image credit: VITA Copenhagen)

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.

Want more info? Find out how to light your hallway to best effect in our practical guide. Completely rethinking your hallway? You'll love our guide to how to design a hallway, too. 

1. Create a focal point with hallway lighting

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

Neptune large Browning lantern pendant

(Image credit: 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. Shop similar at Heal's

Bobby table lamp from Pooky

(Image credit: 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. Find more walls lights at Habitat

Davey Lighting York wall lights

(Image credit: Davey Lighting York @ Original BTC)

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. 

Hallway painted in Farrow and Ball Lulworth Blue and Wimborne White

(Image credit: Farrow and Ball)

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.

London White Sandstone flooring from Lapicida, £94.80

(Image credit: Neale Smith)

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). 

Shop more hallway lighting at John Lewis & Partners

Hallway with exposed brick wall and metal framed windows and door

(Image credit: Chris Snook)

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. Find similar wall lights at Wayfair 

Camilo lighting from Christopher Wray

(Image credit: 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

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

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

(Image credit: Kahrs)

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.  

We love the no frills design of this Davey Lighting Oceanic Pendant from Original BTC. Find similar at Debenhams


Davey Lighting Oceanic Pendant

(Image credit: Davey Lighting)

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. 

Concrete table lamp from Cox&Cox

(Image credit: 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.

Find more standout unique lighting at Amara

Parquet Khaki porcelain flooring, £82.80 per m2 from Lapicida

Parquet Khaki porcelain flooring, £82.80 per m2 from Lapicida 

(Image credit: 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. Find similar styles at Oliver Bonas, too

Dutchbone Eclipse desk lamp, £99, Houseology

(Image credit: 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 these stunning EOS lamp shades at Amara.

EOS large light from VITA Copenhagen

(Image credit: VITA Copenhagen)

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