If you want your home or apartment to feel inviting, it needs to be well lit. No space in your home is an exception. Lighting your hallway can seem difficult as it is usually small and narrow. This means you cannot opt for floor lamps and mounted lighting is your only option. If you don’t light the hallway properly, it will feel claustrophobic. However, this problem can also be solved by strategically placing your lights.
When choosing your lighting style, you need to make sure you have enough light yourself to make your hallway feel adequately lit. Be sure to place lights at least every eight feet. Smaller lamps with lower wattage bulbs should be placed more frequently. Draw the eye down the hallway by placing a light near either end. If you choose sconces, place them high on the wall to draw the eye up and open up the space. Otherwise you risk the whole medieval atmosphere of a torch on the wall of a castle.
Stand at either end of the hall and look for dark spots. Make sure the light stays constant and doesn’t decrease in brightness between lights. If necessary, brighten the shaded parts of the hallway to make the space feel open and inviting.
Pendant lights can make a statement in your hallway. Find one that really catches the eye and hang it to transform a memorable space. Pendant lights work best in hallways with high ceilings. Otherwise, a low-hanging light fixture could create that feeling of claustrophobia that you’re dying to avoid.
You don’t necessarily have to mount anything on your ceiling to light up your hallway. Wall lights can help you get enough light without ever having to pull out more than one step stool to change the lightbulb. This type of lighting works best in wider hallways, however, as the sconces protrude from the walls and invade the space of your hallway runners.
When you want to add an architectural feel and get highly customizable lighting, track lighting is the solution. This style is ideal for industrial and contemporary spaces.