How to light your hallway

Your entrance deserves to be a beautiful space in its own right

So much more than just an entranceway, a hallway can set to the tone for the look and feel of a home.

Getting a few things right will ensure it’s an integral part of your home, flowing seamlessly into neighbouring rooms.

We spoke to Shazeen Emambux, creative director at Porta Romana, to get her top tips on getting the lighting just right.

“Good lighting is crucial in an entrance hall. For practical reasons – to help you gather what you need before you leave and to create a warm welcome when you return – it’s good to have a well-lit area as you step through the door.”

“Successful lighting is dependent on your hallway’s proportions and scale. If you have ample space, be bold and go for a large-scale light, or a cluster of smaller fittings, to create a dramatic statement. Take advantage of high ceilings and experiment with lighting designs that have varied drops, as they will add interest at different levels.”

“If you have a narrow hallway, using mini wall lights or a single pendant works really well, but be aware that wall lights with too wide a projection can make the space appear smaller.”

“Combining a range of light sources is a great way to add interest and personality to a space. A pendant will give a practical, concentrated light, while lamps positioned on a small occasional table or console will cast soft pools of illumination, bringing an inviting warmth to entrance halls. If the ceiling is low, consider wall lights, which are also ideal for brightening staircases and landings.”

“Materials and finishes, such as polished and burnished metal, crystal and glass, that glow and sparkle in subdued light as ideal for introducing a touch of evening glamour.”

“Integrated lighting, such as spotlights, is increasingly popular in new-build and renovated properties. Think about using recessed directional spots to draw attention to points of interest, such as works of art or a mirror, and to bounce light off the wall to make the hall appear wider. You may even like to wash light across the stairs from a low level to draw the eye and guide the way.”

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