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Hallway Lighting Ideas

While many choose to focus on how to light key rooms in your home, the truth is that your hallway lighting can have the biggest impact on how your home looks and functions. The hallway is an area that needs good lighting in order to function properly (think about how you’d find your keys, put your shoes and coat on and check your appearance in the mirror without any light in your hallway!) but also to give the best possible first impression of your home to visitors.

As the entrance to your home, the hallway can make a lasting impression on those who are visiting, and because you will see it every day, importance should be placed on the decoration and lighting of this area. Create a welcoming environment in your hallway by using stylish hallway lighting from Dusk Lighting and change the feel of your home from the start.

A spotlight on your entrance

Downlights and spotlights are a fantastic way to light up any room; they’re sleek, modern and subtle. Opting for a white finish helps the lights blend in well into the ceiling or wall, whilst stainless steel or polished chrome can ensure they become a decorative feature. Spotlights are also a great option for lighting your hallway if you’re short on space with a narrow hall. You can also install them on the lower section of the wall to light the path to the other rooms of your home, or even continue the lighting up the stairs, with a light for each step.

Designer lighting brand Astro offer a stylish selection of adjustable downlights and spotlights suitable for halls. The recessed wall lights from Astro are ideal for creating a smooth finish on your ceiling or wall, and they can also be used in any alcoves. Choose from the different types of recessed spotlights which include round lights or square lights to best suit your hall decor.

Highlight your framed pictures or artwork

Many people use the walls of their hallway to hang their favourite pieces of art or personal photographs of loved ones. Once the daylight fades however, these are often left unseen! With wall mounted pictures lights you’re able to illuminate those framed pieces by providing a softer glow than the harsh main ceiling light. Discover our range of wall lights for some great wall mounted lighting options.

A Welcome Home

Getting home from work or a long journey can feel like the best feeling in the world, but coming home to a dark house can often feel uninviting. Having specially timed hallway lights already on when you get home creates a welcoming, warm feeling.

For those who have a side table in their halls or a shoe cupboard, why not place a lamp on top as a decorative feature alongside a vase of beautiful flowers? For a contemporary light option we love the speckled copper table lamp from Dar Lighting which has a matt black base and distressed glass shade. This Dar light creates a lovely sparkling light effect, ensuring an inviting hallway at night time.

Dar Lighting have an excellent collection of lounge and hallway lighting ideas in various stylish designs and fittings to suit your personal taste. For a more neutral table lamp for your hall, we recommend the Carmelia white cut out table lamp from EGLO which would look great on any side table with it’s delicate glow.

Create a Focal Point

When designing your hallway lighting, the one thing you want to make sure you do is create a focal point. The focal point will usually be in the form of a hanging ceiling light so that you draw the eye upward – this helps to create the illusion of greater space. This is a great opportunity to choose a statement lighting piece, and one of our favourite kinds is a pendant ceiling light. 

Pendant ceiling lights make a great choice for hallways as they not only draw the eye up but give you a chance to set the design tone of your hallway as soon as someone enters your home. In our collection of pendant lighting, you’ll be able to find hallway lighting to suit all kinds of aesthetics from modern industrial to retro, modern minimalist and more. 

Choose Functional Lighting

The hallway is an area that’s highly function-focused. Without realising, you do many important jobs in your hallway, often around preparing to leave the house. Tasks such as finding the keys you need, tying shoelaces, choosing the right coat to wear and checking your appearance in the mirror are all done in the hallway before leaving the house, so having lighting that makes each of these tasks easier to complete is a must. When we look to light other highly functional rooms such as a kitchen, we look at grouping the lighting into three categories; atmospheric, functional and decorative. 

Atmospheric lighting (otherwise known as Ambient lighting) is responsible for the overall atmosphere of your room. This is where your focal point lighting will come into play, so pendant lighting is a good place to start to get your ambient lighting sorted. 

Functional lighting (otherwise known as task lighting) is for areas where you need clearer lighting in order to be able to complete tasks without the area you’re working at being in shadow. In the hallway, this could apply to areas such as key hooks or additional lighting around a mirror. One of the most popular choices of functional lighting is under cabinet lighting which can work well under any lipped areas such as shelves.

Decorative lighting (otherwise known as accent lighting) is used to add the finishing touches to your hallway. You place decorative lighting in any area of the hallway that you wish to highlight, which leads us onto our next tip…

Illuminate Areas of Interest

Once you have lighting that illuminates your hallway at large and sets the tone of your decor, and you’ve installed functional lighting in any area where you may benefit from the practical benefits of additional lighting, it’s time to look around for areas of interest. 

Areas of interest in a hallway can range from the practical, such as mirrors or coat pegs, to the simply decorative such as paintings, pictures and ornaments. If you have shelves that display decorative items of any kind, using accent lighting such as wall lighting to highlight these areas can ensure that they are noticed and appreciated.

Small Hallway Lighting Ideas

For smaller hallways, all of the above can still be implemented, but you may wish to consider lighting options that don’t intrude on any precious space. For example, you could create a focal point with recessed ceiling lighting or semi-flush ceiling lighting to draw the eye upwards without giving the appearance of a lower ceiling.

Instead of investing in decorative lighting, try to keep walls in a smaller hallway clear of clutter and instead save this space for functional purposes. In a smaller area, choosing recessed wall lighting is a wiser choice than trying to fit under cabinet lighting or intrusive wall lighting designs into the space. This means that you can enter your hallway, find exactly what you need and leave again with minimal fuss. 

LED Hallway Lighting

Whether you’re choosing pendant hallway lighting, wall hallway lighting or something completely different, choosing LED lighting is always a smart choice for any area in your home. LED hallway lighting is sure to be the most cost-effective choice for your home, as hallway lights are the key piece of lighting that tends to be left on throughout the evening. 

LED lights last far longer than other alternatives and, among other benefits, are extremely energy-efficient. The majority of our lighting here at Dusk Lighting is compatible with LED bulbs, so it’s well worth investing in LED hallway lighting that meets your other requirements.

Ceiling Lights For Your Hallway

Regardless of what size hallway you have, investing in the right lighting can make the space work for you. The hallway ceiling lights at Dusk Lighting offer a plethora of different lighting designs, from the humble pendant light to statement lampshades for a modern touch. The classic antique inspired chandelier is always popular in in hallways due to the decadent look and grandeur of their style which can set the tone for the rest of the decor. Alternatively, Dar Lighting offers some lovely retro inspired single pendant shades with braided cable and light wood ceiling plates that would look fantastic in a neutrally decorated hallway. Astro have a range of simple yet effective round or square shades for a no-fuss approach to lighting your hallway.

For an open plan hallway and staircase you might want to think about how light will travel, and if you’d prefer one main light on the first floor with several smaller lights in the hall. We have some wonderful pendant lights that would be perfect for your hallway. We hope you’ve gained some inspiration from our post on hallway lighting ideas and feel encouraged to add to or update your existing hall lights. From spotlights to table lamps, there’s so much you can do with hall lights. Now it’s time to browse through our full range of lounge and hallway lighting and refresh the look of your hallway with our selection of designer lights at Dusk Lighting.