Hallways are often overlooked when it comes to design, but no longer. Just as in any other space in a home, getting the hallway lighting right is the finishing touch for a beautiful design. There are three types of lighting to think about when lighting a hallway: ambient, task, and accent.
If this seems like a lot of light for what is often considered a space used for moving from one space to another, here’s why. First, consider ambient lighting, which sheds light throughout the space. If the hallway is larger, it may have a bench or desk that needs task lighting. And lastly, there’s accent lighting to highlight artwork or create a decorative effect that adds interest to the hallway.
Whether you want something bold and dramatic or simple and elegant, these inspirational hallway lighting ideas can brighten up what may be the most neglected space in a home.
Make the Hallway Special
“Hallway lighting not only provides interest but also an engaging transition from one space to another,” according to Tiffany Skilling @tiffanyskillinginteriors “…oversized lighting, enhanced with architectural elements and beautiful, rich finishes such as the Hicks Large Pendant by Visual Comfort shown below, make the best selection for a hallway. Pair gorgeous lighting with timeless millwork and original art, and you have a statement!”
Thomas O’Brien Hicks 13 Inch Mini Pendant by Visual Comfort and Co.
This pair of Thomas O’Brien Hicks 13 Inch Mini Pendant by Visual Comfort and Co. provides ambient lighting while also drawing attention to the artwork on the walls. “…they provide added, unexpected detail, where one might not think to provide decorative lighting.”
Add Different Light Sources to Serve Different Purposes
When lighting a hallway, it’s crucial to think about the atmosphere to be created. “How will this space be better with lighting? Could it be the subtle nod of a flush mount? The impact of repetition?” asks @ourfrenchmodernhome “Hallways are highly functional spaces, you don’t want anything hanging too low – consider a flush mount with lower ceiling heights.”
Aerin Jacqueline 18 Inch 4 Light Flush Mount by Visual Comfort and Co. and E. F. Chapman Boston Wall Swing Lamp by Visual Comfort and Co.
The combination of the Aerin Jacqueline 18 Inch 4 Light Flush Mount by Visual Comfort and Co. and three E. F. Chapman Boston Wall Swing Lamp by Visual Comfort and Co. demonstrates how layered light enhances this hallway’s design. The crystal beads allow light to slip through and create a warm glow in the space. The brass finish on the swing lights adds a touch of warmth to the neutral space while putting the focus on the wall art.
Make a Statement with Pendant Lighting
Let the hallway lighting do the talking with a clean, simple design that pleases the eye. A pair of pendants ups the style while enhancing the space without overpowering it. The pendants blend effortlessly, working well with the high ceiling and wood beams.
Savona 16 Inch Large Pendant by Hudson Valley Lighting
The minimalist vibe of the Savona 16 Inch Large Pendant by Hudson Valley Lighting makes it perfect for hallways. The bright linen shade features a frosted glass diffuser throwing cheerful light throughout the space. Using a pair ensures that the hallways are perfectly lit and perfectly styled.
Light for a Low-Ceilinged Hallway
When a flush mount isn’t right, and a pendant light just won’t do, try a semi-flush mounted light in the hallway. This type of lighting is slightly suspended, leaving a gap between the ceiling and the light, allowing for an uplit effect while also providing downlight. They add enough punch to the space to give it individual character.
Suzanne Kasler Soleil 16 Inch 1 Light Semi Flush Mount by Visual Comfort and Co.
Perfect for hallways with low ceilings, the Suzanne Kasler Soleil 16 Inch 1 Light Semi Flush Mount by Visual Comfort and Co. beautifies this hallway and highlights the fresh, bright, and happy wallpaper in the dining room. It foreshadows what is to come when entering you enter the bright, sunny dining room beyond.
Make an Entrance with Pendant Lights
A hallway is a great place to highlight an entrance with pendant lighting. Hanging a pair always makes a statement, and in this case also draws the eye upward. In a space like this, going bold with large-scale lighting makes a memorable statement.
Generation Lighting Feiss Brynne Large Pendant
A harmonious balance of functional and cozy, this pair of Generation Lighting Feiss Brynne Large Pendant makes a bold statement in this hallway. The simple accents and clean lines bring a contemporary style to any interior space.
Save Space with Wall Sconces
Wall sconces are so flexible they can be used in small entryways and hallways to a beautiful effect. They can maximize floor space, making them a good choice for smaller areas. They simply stay out of the way while offering warm light throughout the space.
Monroe 33 Inch Wall Sconce by Savoy House
Not all hallways are large and long, and some are just short enough to move people from one room to another. With its sleek body and white fabric shade, the Monroe 33 Inch Wall Sconce by Savoy House adds simple style to this small hallway/entryway. It’s a comfortable addition to homes of any style, especially classic and transitional.