The hallway is often a room that gets slightly forgotten about, a simple passageway from one room to another, and maybe keep the jackets or shoes.
However, it’s also a great opportunity to use some creative lighting, and turn your hallway into a sophisticated and visually appealing space in its own right. Here are three of our top ideas for lighting your hallway.
1. Match Your Lights with the Décor
It’s important that the décor and furniture of the hallway match up with the light fittings which you choose, with the most important things to take into consideration being the colour and intensity.
For example, if you’ve opted for more traditional, wooden furnishings in the hallway, it will benefit more from warmer lighting, but on the other hand, a hallway which utilises bolder colours will work well with a bright, white light.
It’s also important to remember the differing effects that different types of light will have on certain objects.
For example, when cotton furniture is illuminated with direct light, dust will show up!
You should also be sure to make sure that the lighting, furniture and room itself are all in proportion.
For example, you don’t want to go overboard with a huge statement light in a small hallway or leave a larger room feeling too dimly lit.
This blog post from BuildDirect goes into more detail on how to match your lighting with your décor.
2. Make Effective Use of Accent Lighting
While the ceiling and wall lights will be the main source of illumination for the hallway, it’s important to mix things up a little bit with accent lighting too, to prevent the room from feeling flat.
Accent lighting can be used to add an extra bit of light to a certain area of the room, and we particularly love the use of some small floor lamps.
It’s a tough balance to get right, but try to ensure that your accent lighting isn’t too drab and boring, but also isn’t too flashy that it stands apart and distracts from the rest of the room’s lighting. What’s more, the accent lighting can be a nice decorative feature itself.
On accent lighting, we spoke to Oberoi Brothers Lighting, who said: “If you want to really add a bit of life to the room, try adding a fluorescent lamp to add a pop of colour.
“Bright colours work well as a statement piece, but they don’t have to be too ‘in your face’ if you don’t want them to be.”
Especially if you have young children in the house, it can be a good idea to use your lighting to illuminate the staircase, giving it a practical use, as well as an aesthetic one.
Fitting lights which will light up each individual tread, or dotting lanterns along the wall are inventive and functional ways to light the staircase, while also turning the staircase itself into a feature.
Even some small lights up and down the stairs can make a big difference to visibility, and prevent anybody from taking a nasty tumble!
Check out this post from Homedit for some staircase lighting inspiration.