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Home Design Guide: Hall Lighting Ideas

As most hallways don’t have any windows bringing in natural light, they can be quite dark and dull areas of the home. Just having one light in the middle of the hallway, will usually result in dark areas – as seen in the before and after picture below. The hall lighting ideas below play an important role in creating a comfortable and spacious part of a home.

hall lighting

The Two Types of Hall Lighting

There will be two types of hall lighting fixtures. The first and most important is ambient lighting – which is lighting that makes an area visible, comfortable, and allows people to navigate easily. The other type is accent lighting. This is used for more decorative purposes and adds a luxurious touch to a hallway. The purpose of accent lighting is to highlight certain objects or areas (creating focal points), such as gallery lights pointed towards art pieces, or other lights pointed towards a vase of flowers, or other décor pieces.

The Size of The Hallway

The size of the hall will have an impact on the amount of lighting that is needed to make the space look pleasant – the length, width and height all play a role. There should be a light fixture every 6 – 10 feet, depending on the type and brightness. The following picture from witandwhistle.com hallway makeover shows that one light in a long hallway is not enough.

Multiple lights are needed to fill up a hallway space


Hall Lighting Ideas

Ceiling Lighting

Recessed lighting is one of the more common lighting styles in newly built homes. The lights are hidden within the ceiling, providing a clean, minimalist, and modern hallway lighting style. When used in a hallway, they will make the space look taller. If you do go with recessed lighting, make sure they are well spaced out to prevent creating an office look. There are also directional recessed lights (also known as ‘down lights’), where the angle of the lights can be adjusted. They can be pointed towards walls and act as accent lighting to highlight framed pictures, or other décor pieces. These light fixtures are usually installed closer to the walls than normal recessed lights.

Recessed lights can be used with other hallway lighting ideas to provide multiple lighting effects – adding to the visual appeal of the space.

An example of a reccesed light and a directional down light in a hallway

Spotlight recessed lights installed close to the wall to provide accent lighting

Directional spotlights can be adjusted to point to certain areas in a hallway

Directional spotlights: If you have a small, compact hallway, more in the shape of a square than a rectangle, directional spotlights would be a good choice of lighting. These are 3 lights grouped together on a circular base, but are pointed outwards. You can change the angles of the lights, and have them point towards the different walls and corners of the hall.

Track lighting: A simple lighting solution for narrow hallways are track lights. As seen above in the Wit and Whistle before and after picture, track lights easily fill a space with light. The great thing about them is that they only use one outlet – so you can upgrade a single ceiling light into multiple hallway lights, relatively easily.

Track lights can also be adjusted

Track lights help fill a long narrow hallway with light

For tall hallways you will want to have light fixtures that bring the light closer down to the floor. Short or long pendant lights are ideal for taller hallways as seen below in the hallway makeover done by The Old White Cottage. A mini chandelier hung in the middle of the hall will act as a décor feature, and will scatter light around the hallway. Hanging ceiling lanterns are another example of pendant lighting. Flush mount lights are another way of adding ceiling light to a hallway.

Elegant pendant lighting

Cove lighting: If you are looking to do some serious remodeling, then cove lighting could come into play. This is when a false ceiling is installed and lights are hidden in a cutaway. The light bounces on the ceiling and walls to create an elegant and soft glow of light. Cove lighting works well in addition with recessed hallway lights.

Sun Tubes / Sun Pipes / Skylight: Sun pipes are pipes or tubes that come down from the roof, letting natural light stream down into a hallway on the top floor of a house. They do require slight constructional work, but they add solar lighting in the day, and a view to the night sky. The same goes for the larger skylights.

A hallway bathing in natural light from a skylight

Wall Lights

Wide and much longer halls will need to have wall lights added. Here are a few ideas for different types of wall light fixtures for hallways:

Horizontal sconces can be attached to walls to add lighting to a hallway. You will want to space them apart 6-8 feet and have them 60” off the ground, the same applies to wall washers.

If you have a light colored ceiling, you can light it up to make the space feel larger. This can be done with wall washers, which diffuse light upwards onto the walls and ceiling.

Be careful with using downlights placed low down on the walls, as this can create a tunnel like effect.

Gallery or goose neck lights can be fitted over paintings or framed pictures to add accent lighting to a hallway. There are even battery operated picture lights that simply attach to a frame, eliminating the need for wiring and electrical work.

More pictures of hall lighting design:

A recessed skylight provides lighting in the day while a pendant light is used at night

Large hallways require ceiling and wall lights

A much much larger hallway using uplights at the top of the columns to wash the ceiling with light and create a grand setting

Using multiple hanging lanterns


Grape Lights: A Decorative Restaurant Lighting Idea

When it comes to lighting a mid range restaurant, you will want to include a number of decorative light fixtures. For Greek, Italian or Wine bars, one such decorative light fixture are grape lights. These are fake grapes that have a light, usually an LED within each grape. There are a range of different versions to suit different décor styles and needs.

outdoor grape lighting

Decorating a Room With Grape Lighting

They come in a range of natural colors such as green, red or yellow. You can find large pendant grape lights, or they come as string lights. Grape vine lights are great because they have decorative leafs that tie clusters of grapes together. Even though they are fake leafs, they add greenery to a room – which coordinates well with decor that has a number of real life plants. Have a look here to see pictures on how the grape string lights work well to frame a window – they can also be used to frame doorways.


Used with a glass bowl, grape lights work as table lighting

Different Versions of Lights

Smaller versions can be used as table lighting, or there are pendant versions that work as ceiling lights. There are also waterproof versions, which act as outdoor string lights that can be used for outdoor restaurant lighting fixtures. Glass grape lights tend to be less realistic and a bit more abstract looking lighting decorations.

The cost varies between $20-50 depending on the version, length and quality. The higher the quality you buy, the more realistic the grapes will look.

Available from:


Battery Operated Candles

Wine Enthusiast


A Brief Guide On: Mission Style Lighting

Like the inspired interior design style that grew out of the arts and crafts era (1900-1930), mission style lighting is similar in its definitive lines and edges, dark wood coloring, and a relatively simple appearance. The rustic look of the dark woods is offset by the patterns and colors of the crackled or stained glass. The overall impression of mission lighting, with their flared quality and dark woods, typically resembles natural elements such as spreading roots, angled branches, or broad tree trunks.

An example of mission style lighting.  Lamp from Universal Lighting and Decor

Mission Lighting Design

What sets mission light fixtures apart is their distinctive shape. Usually they are found as a four sided, pyramid base (without the pointed top). Rectangular shapes are also common.  Designers of mission style lighting fixtures stay away from the highly decorated styles of previous eras, opting for a cleaner and simpler look. Often inspired by the mission architecture and landscape of the western and southwestern United States, the straight edges mimic the panoramic views that are prevalent in these regions.

Darkly stained oak is often used along with various metals and stained, frosted, or textured glass to create the elegant lighting fixture. The leathered appearance of the wood artfully enhances the delicateness of the glass elements, which creates lighting sources that blend easily with several interior design styles. Far from being limiting, mission lighting may be used to enhance existing décor styles, allowing for spaces to be decorated in a more rustic, traditional and authentic way.

The clean cut lines are what make mission light fixtures stand out. Lamp from Warehouse of Tiffany.

Interior Design Styles That Collaborate Well With Mission Lighting

Mission styled lighting mixes well with Native American patterns and structural elements, and may be easily paired with handcrafted woven rugs, clay pottery, and similar room accessories. Decorating enthusiasts who prefer American traditional styling may especially appreciate the dark woods of these light sources, and enjoy mixing in richly hued wall paint, seating, and toss pillows. Traditional seating with dark wood accents or dark leather furniture may be greatly enhanced by adding Mission style room elements. Even casual looks can sustain Mission styled lights.

Top Mission Style Lighting Brands

A range of lighting designers offer Mission styled ceiling fans, chandeliers, pendants and sconces with a casual elegance that highlights the best of this architectural style. Top companies such as Arroyo Craftsman, Franklin Iron Works, and Murray Feiss produce quality Mission style outdoor lighting. These manufacturers, along with the Framburg, Kichler, and Quoizel lighting companies, also provide interior and exterior lighting options.

An example of a mission styled outdoor ceiling light, from Vaxcel.

A ceiling fan integrated with a mission style light, from Hunter.

An example of an outdoor bollard in the mission style, by Kichler.

Foyer Lighting Ideas and Design Planning Guide

The exterior of your home is one of the most important areas to home lighting design as this is the first thing you see when you come home, and where first impressions are made. The foyer or entryway sets the first impression of the interior of your home, making foyer lighting an important part of interior design. There are a wide range of foyer lighting ideas to choose from. The space of your entryway will determine what ideas and lighting plans will work best.

The Different Types of Entryways and Foyer Designs

The first thing to do when planning foyer lighting is to evaluate the layout and space of your entryway/foyer. Here are a number of different foyer layouts:

  • A Compact, small foyer – usually with a standard height ceiling.
  • Some foyers are a small hallway leading into the rest of the home
  • Some entryways are met with a wall/corner – so you face a wall when entering the home
  • Large foyers: 1.5 (the ceiling is coved) or double height ceilings

Some lighting ideas are more suitable for certain foyer designs than others.

The 3 Forms of Lighting

When lighting your foyer, or any part of a home, there are 3 types of lighting that you will need to keep in mind.

Ambient Lighting: This is general lighting – used to make a space feel comfortable and easily navigated.

Task Lighting: There are a number of tasks that are done in a foyer area: tying shoelaces, last minute checks in a mirror, reading mail, etc. Task lighting is used to make these activities easy to do: some task lighting ideas will include using table lamps.

Accent Lighting: This is ideal for larger spaces, but if you are creative, can be done for small foyers. Accent lighting helps create focal points. It is used to highlight certain objects, such as a vase of flowers, an art piece on the wall, or a certain wall texture – adding a luxurious touch.

The common standard foyer will only incorporate ambient lighting. You can make your foyer feel and look more elegant by incorporating all three forms of lighting.

Foyer Lighting Design Basics

Small/Compact Foyers (Short / Standard Ceiling Heights): Many modern homes will have a small and compact foyer. One ceiling light will usually provide enough light (while adding other forms of lighting, will add to the visual beauty and comfort).

Flush mount lighting

Types of ceiling entryway lights:

  • Recessed lighting
  • Flush mount lighting (Dish shaped ceiling lights)

Making The Foyer Feel Larger: There are a few lighting design tactics that can help you achieve this.

  • Lighting the walls will make the area feel more spacious
  • If you have a light colored ceiling – lighting the ceiling will create a more formal setting and the illusion that it feels larger (use wall washers to wash the ceiling with light).
  • Add a mirror to the foyer area with lighting around it
  • Light up all the corners of the space
  • Vertical light fixtures: such as vertical sconces
  • Hanging lights can make a space feel larger, but are more recommended for making larger coved/double height ceiling foyers look grander.

Making The Space Feel Cozy: If you would rather create a more “cozy” environment when you walk into your home, you will want to do the opposite of making the foyer feel larger. Bring light lower down to the ground, i.e. using table lamps/floor lamps/low wall lights makes an area feel cozy. Avoid lighting the ceiling.

Coved or Double Ceiling Heighted Foyer: For a large space you will want to use foyer pendant lighting. With a larger space, it is recommended to use as many different types of light fixtures (pendant lighting, floor lamps, wall lanterns). Using a range of light fixtures creates a number of different lighting effects. Whereas only using one type of lighting creates a monotone look.  Incorporate other lighting forms such as accent lighting (on vases, art work, textured walls).

An example of foyer pendant lighting: Moroccan style

Depending on your space, you can look to incorporate the other foyer lighting fixtures listed below.

Foyer Lighting Ideas

– An angled, localized, downlight from the ceiling: pointing down to a mirror/table

Directional ceiling lights

– A downlighting from the ceiling focusing on entryway décor such as an art piece or a textured wall: a good idea if your front door opens onto a wall

A textured wall being highlighted with light

– Use plug-in uplights on a table pointed at wall with a hanging painting

A column of lighting will make the foyer seem taller

– Place uplights on the floor, directed upwards onto a wall making the space feel taller

– Elegant wall lanterns

– Use multiple contemporary wall lights to create a column of light

Vertical or Horizontal Sconces. Work especially well around a mirror

Track Lighting: An elegant way of providing hallway lighting that leads down the foyer

Cove Lighting: a major undertaking but a sophisticated way of lighting an entryway. Cove lighting is when you build a fake ceiling and lights are fitted in a cutaway section

Floor Lighting: This can be done by lining the bottom of the walls edges with rope lights, installing recessed floor lights or as seen in a scene from the movie Inception – floor cove lighting

Floor Lamps are another way of bring light downwards creating a more intimate and cozy ambiance. A lighted twigs floor lamp is a decorative way of adding ambient lighting

– An Entryway Chandelier add grandeur for high ceiling foyers

Furniture in a foyer

Other foyer ideas include Adding Foyer Furniture: If you have the space, you can always add a table. The table can host a lamp or two, with a mirror placed on the wall. Not only will the mirror make the space feel bigger, it is ideal for last minute checks before leaving the house. The table lamps are ideal for adding task lighting

Al Fresco Painting: If you have a high ceiling, one idea would be to have the ceiling painted artistically. Then use entryway lighting fixtures such as wall washers or up lights to highlight the ceiling

Bring Natural Light Into Your Home: There is nothing more elegant and better for home living than using as much natural day light as possible. There are a number of ways to bring natural light into your foyer area during the daytime:

Doors: use frosted or stained glass front doors

Windows: Have columns of windows (frosted or stained) on either side of the door. Or have one fitted above the door either in an arc or rectangular shape

Using windows beings an abundance of natural light into the foyer

Foyer Design Pictures

In the top left we can see recessed and cove ceiling lighting has been used to light this foyer. One recessed light is directed highlighting the displayed artwork.

Foyer pendant lighting and a table lamp will light up this entryway at night

Natural light shines through the windows in the door, the column besides the door, and the sky light.While a pendant light fixtures provides light at night.

A contemporary wall light highlights the textured wall

A Brief Overview Of Tiffany Style Lighting

If you are looking for colorful light fixtures then Tiffany style lighting is the elegant way to light a home. Though dating back to 1878, this style of lighting has evolved into chandeliers, floor lamps, desk lamps, wall scones, and ceiling fan lights. Tiffany glass lamp shades and bath lighting are also available. Other Tiffany designs include accent sculptures, stained glass windows, and fireplace screens.

What Is Tiffany Style Lighting?

Colorful mosaics of glass are what makes Tiffany light fixtures stand out from other styles of light fixtures. The most popular varieties of Tiffany glass are opalescent, streamer, fracture, ripple, drapery, and Favrile. Opalescent glass refers to glass that has several colors, a streamer is a sheet of glass with intricate glass patterns adorning the surface. Fracture glass is a sheet with irregular shapes, and ripple glass is textured with surface waves. Drapery is a glass sheet that appears to have fabric folds, and Favrile glass is iridescent with distinctive coloring.

An example of opalescent Tiffany lighting

A drapery glass lamp shade









A sophisticated styled Tiffany light

Where Did The Name Come From?

This unique type of glass lighting is named after the American designer and artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, who started producing stained glass art in 1878. He is also the inventor of Favrile glass. Mr. Tiffany designed his first art deco lamps in 1895. Original Tiffany style lamps were manufactured in the United States from 1895 to 1920. The famous jeweler, Tiffany and Company, was founded by his father Charles Lewis Tiffany and fellow jewelry maker Teddy Young on September 18, 1837.

Who Are Some Companies That Make Tiffany Lighting Fixtures Today?

A dragonfly motif on this Tiffany lamp

While they have been around for more than a hundred years, Tiffany lamps are still popular today. Some companies that manufacture Tiffany style lighting are Meyda Tiffany, Dale Tiffany, Quoizel, the Warehouse of Tiffany, and Lamps Plus.

The price of a Tiffany lamp will vary depending on the style and manufacturer. Some companies offer many of the same styles, but some make specialty designs that can only be purchased from their company. You may find the hardest part of buying a Tiffany lamp is selecting the style and color scheme you like the most.

L+L LOOK BOOK: Driveway Lighting Photos

Here in our LOOK BOOK, you can find inspiration for driveway lighting ideas.  Here you will find a number of images showing different ways to light a driveway and a range of different driveway lighting fixtures.

Images For Driveway Lighting Ideas

driveway tress lights This driveway is lit up by the spill over from the accent lighting of the trees and the house facade.  photo by: OLP of San Antonio & the Hill Country, LLC

driveway at night Post lights showing the changes in direction of the driveway. photo by: OLP of San Antonio & the Hill Country, LLC

house light piler Two stone pillars (left one is out of view) with lights attached to them, provide enough lighting for this short driveway. Lighting on the house provides additional ambient lighting. photo by: OLP of San Antonio & the Hill Country, LLC

path lighting Low and warm lighting,  for this longer driveway. photo by: trevhunter

house uplights Lighting the front of the house, done here with uplights, not only showcases and makes the house look elegant, but also provides driveway entrance lighting. photo by: OLP of San Antonio & the Hill Country, LLC

medium post lights Tall post lights being used. photo by: wheany

garage lights If you only have a short driveway, then you will only need light fixtures at the ‘destination’ (shown here as the garage entrance), just as long as there is enough street light to light the entrance of the driveway. photo by: ktgeek

gate entrance One way to light the entrance of your home’s (or mansion’s) driveway, if you have a gate, is to point uplights at the pillars. photo by: Tancread

Driveway Lighting Fixtures

gate lantern A lantern sits atop a gate pillar providing light at the entrance. photo by: Keith Williamson

pole light Tall pole lights work great for the entrance or the driveway itself. photo by: rosipaw

solar light Short solar post lights are an easy, inexpensive, and fast way of lighting the edge of a driveway. photo by: Kyle Rove
garage If you have a short driveway, light fixtures attached to the house or garage entrance can provide enough lighting. photo by: Jeenzy

pole light A medium size pole light, with it’s base lovely decorated with a small bed of flowers. photo by: Andrew|W

A more creative and whimsical way of lighting a path. photo by: -Prescott