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The entrance hall is the first thing visitors see when they step inside your home, so you want it to give off a good impression, right? However, hallways can pose a challenge when it comes to creating that all important welcoming feel.

They’re typically long, narrow, and on the darker side due to a lack of natural light. But the good news is, the right lighting design can make any space feel lighter, bigger, and most importantly, more inviting.

So, in this article, we take a look at five lighting design tips to make sure your home gets the first impression it deserves.

1. Create a focal point with pendent lighting

Pendent lights are a popular choice when it comes to lighting entrance halls, especially those with respectable height space. A pendent offers practical lighting for almost all hallways, providing a stylish focal point that maximises floor space.

Pendants are available in a range of shapes, styles, sizes, and finishes, giving you the ability to diffuse and dispense light in a way that fits the design of your home.

When selecting you pendant lighting, be sure to consider the size and proportions of your entrance hall. As a general guideline, hallways require overhead lighting at every 8 feet along the length of the hallway. For smaller hallways, a more subtle, less extravagant overhead lighting solution can be favourable, particularly when trying to maximise space.

2. Use mirrors to reflect your entrance hall lighting

Lighting design goes far beyond electrical components and fittings. You need to take a step back, see the bigger picture, and analyse how natural light can be maximised within a space.

This can highlight the need for a series of mirrors along your hallway to reflect the light and increase the sense of space, or even a large mirror at the end of your hallway to make it seem twice as long. All in all, mirrors can be used in a number of ways to help with the lighting in your home.

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3. Highlight your entrance hall statement piece

Your entrance hall can be a great place to showcase your favourite paintings, artwork, and even photographs for that personal touch. So why not maximise their impact with proper lighting. By directing spotlights or placing wall sconces above your statement piece, you can bring it to life with the lighting it deserves.

For narrower hallways, try to avoid hanging works on both sides of the wall. Stick to one side for your entrance hall and avoid any feeling of confinement.

4. Layer your entrance hall lighting

Behind the scenes of all well-lit properties, there are three fundamental layers of lighting: ambient, task, and accent. Ambient lighting refers to the general illumination in a space. Task lighting, a more concentrated form of light, allows you to carry out particular tasks, and accent lighting draws attention to particular features or area within a space.

So, to get the optimal effect of your entrance hall lighting, be sure to include ambient, task, and accent lighting.

For more information on the fundamentals of lighting and how ambient, task and accent lighting can be used in your home, view a recent blog of ours on the importance of lighting in interior design.

Residential lighting design from Hampshire Light

At Hampshire Light, we have over 20 years’ experience providing residential lighting design for clients in Hampshire and beyond. If you’re interested in learning more about how we can assist with your lighting, we’d love to help. Download our latest lighting design brochure, or contact our expert team today for more - we’re standing by to answer your lighting related queries.


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