For all the different rooms we have in our homes, the hallway is often the most disregarded. We pass through it on our way in, on our way out and as we move around the house, usually without giving the room itself a second thought.
Obviously, hallways come in different shapes and sizes and, for some people, they can prove to be difficult to light effectively. Choosing the right style, shade or illumination can make all the difference between a stark, cold hallway and a bright, welcoming space for your family and friends.
Hallways generally are a fantastic room to showcase your lights. They often have a lack of natural light, and become filled with coats, shoes or a random collection of bags, which means finding the right light is key to creating the mood you want to portray (or maybe just to hide the pile of clothes that have accumulated).
There are as many types of lights for your hallway as there are hallways themselves. Choosing the right one is key to complement the decor in the adjoining rooms. Obviously only you will know the type of hallway you have, but here are our suggestions for creating one you can be proud of.
A ceiling light tends to be the best lighting overall in a hallway. Whether you want to go big and bold with a stunning and dramatic pendant or something more subtle, we’ve got something for you. Of course, you don’t want a pendant that hangs too low, so you could go for a flush-mounted ceiling fitting. The general rule of thumb is that a pendant light should be 8 feet above the floor, so check your hallway and, unless you have some particularly tall friends, it will look great.
The range of styles and fittings you can choose from means that lighting from the top down will give you a beautiful lighting scheme when natural light is at a premium, but it’s not the only way to go.
If you have a narrow hallway, you might want to consider wall lights, which can be used to provide general lighting, but also to highlight pictures, photos or mirrors that may be hanging on the walls. If your hallway is particularly thin, then you can use flush lights to avoid taking up space you might not have.
Once you’ve got your lighting style chosen, then it’s time to think a little about the type of bulb you use. Halogen lights are very bright, which can compensate for the lack of natural light in hallways. The more traditional bulbs are incandescent lights, which are still popular, but are gradually getting replaced by more energy-efficient options. If you’re ready to go to LED, then they give an instant, direct form of light which is great when you’re just passing through.
Just because the hallway isn’t a room you spend a lot of time in, doesn’t mean you can’t give it your all in terms of lighting. You can use mirrors to reflect light, install dimmers to reduce the intensity of light to suit whether it’s day or night, or just place table lamps on side tables to create new layers of illumination. Take a look at our range and we’re convinced you’ll find something that will look perfect in your own hallway.