Entryway Lighting Ideas That’ll Make Your Home More Welcoming

Entryway Lighting Ideas That’ll Make Your Home More Welcoming

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By Dikran Seferian June 30, 2022

Entryways serve a fundamental purpose in any home — they provide a smooth transition from the exterior to the interior while leaving a first impression on visitors. If you have ever sold or purchased a home, you’ll know that first impressions are everything.

Even if you’re not planning on selling your home, the entryway plays a huge role in your life. Coming back home after a long day at work or at your studies, you want to be greeted with an entryway that feels welcoming, familiar, and friendly to your tastes and preferences. One of the many ways you can make your foyer more inviting is by incorporating an adequate source of illumination. While this is possible with natural light, you will also need artificial lighting — the sun doesn’t shine 24/7, you know. Fortunately, with a variety of entryway lighting ideas ranging from fancy chandeliers to modern fixtures, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to brightening up your foyer.

Why You Should Think About Entryway Lighting

Why do so many homeowners put so much focus on entryway lighting? After all, they’re not going to spend much time there as the entryway is not considered a liveable space. But there are several reasons why you should be paying attention to how your foyer light fixtures.

First and foremost: there is the matter of practical lighting. Coming home in the evening when there’s not enough natural light to illuminate your surroundings, the task of closing the door, putting your shoes in their place, and not bumping into furniture can be a little hard. Without proper lighting, you’ll find yourself spending a lot more time at the entrance, trying to find an empty space in the shoe cubby or the right hanger for your coat.

But if the entryway is properly illuminated and you can see absolutely everything around you, coming back home and getting ready to step inside takes very little time since you can see everything around you. This may not seem like much at first, but just imagine coming home exhausted and having to second guess where your slippers are.

Another very important reason to be mindful of foyer lighting is more aesthetic and less practical. First impressions aren’t everything, but sometimes they can be. If you have guests over and your entryway is dim, this does not create a welcoming aura and your guests may feel uncomfortable. Even members of your household may feel uncomfortable upon entering, as the lack of proper lighting makes the entryway feel dull and dreary.

Imagine walking into your house and just feeling good about everything that you see. That’s a satisfying feeling to have after returning home tired from work or after a late night out. With enough light in your entryway, you won’t need a Welcome Home mat to greet you as you enter — the bright atmosphere of the entryway will do that on its own. 

Lighting Ideas for Your Entryway

Even in broad daylight, with the sun shining bright, you may still not get enough natural light coming into your home. This could be due to the direction your entrance is facing, lack of windows, the space being small, or even the interior colors of your entryway that may not reflect much sunlight. However, there are other ways you can maximize the amount of brightness in your foyer.

Flush mount fixtures are ideal for subtle yet effective lighting.

Flush mount fixtures are ideal for subtle yet effective lighting.

Flush Mount

A flush mount lighting fixture with simple yet stylish detailing can be all you need to illuminate your foyer. Flush mounts are great at blending into the interior design of the room without attracting too much attention, making them ideal for entryways that feature a minimalist design. Their compact design also makes them a great choice for small entryways or those that have low ceilings. Although this type of foyer ceiling light doesn't take up as much space as chandeliers or low-hanging pendants, they do offer more dimension than recessed lighting.

A modern farmhouse pendant is a trendy way to brighten up your foyer.

A modern farmhouse pendant is a trendy way to brighten up your foyer.

Modern Farmhouse Pendant 

The modern farmhouse design is one that has been all the rage recently. The fusion between rustic and modern is also apparent in the pendants that follow this design. A sleek outline and candelabra-inspired lamps characterize modern farmhouse entryway lighting, allowing them to correspond with just about any entryway that features designs ranging from rustic to contemporary.

A wrought-iron chandelier is a brilliant way to add visual interest to your entryway.

A wrought-iron chandelier is a brilliant way to add visual interest to your entryway.

Wrought-Iron Chandelier

The elegant detailing of a wrought-iron chandelier lends a timeless, Victorian-esque flair to your entryway. Graced with classic patterns of vine-like curls, wrought iron chandeliers aim to stand out while accentuating other elements around them — such as staircase railings with similar detailing. Grand foyer chandeliers with wrought-iron designs carry an antique but no less stylish appeal, allowing them to allude to a number of design styles such as the Tudor, modern country, and Gothic interiors.

Globe pendant lighting is among the most popular options in modern living spaces.

Globe pendant lighting is among the most popular options in modern living spaces.

Globe Pendant

With a bold yet simple design, globe pendants have become insanely popular over the past few years. You can find them in various materials like glass and aluminum, as well as different shades to fit the color palette of your entryway. Although globe pendants are typically spherical in shape, similar varieties such as spheroids and ellipsoids are also quite common.

Create a sleek, modern look in your foyer with recessed LED lighting.

Create a sleek, modern look in your foyer with recessed LED lighting.

Recessed LED Lights

Recessed LED lighting offers the sleek and seamless appearance that’s popular among many homeowners. The fixtures are installed flush against the ceiling, brightening up an entryway without grabbing any attention or taking up any space. Recessed LEDs are often the go-to choice for narrow entryways where other options may seem somewhat intrusive. Their subtle and crisp design also ensures that there is no clash of styles.

Sleek lines and geometric shapes define contemporary lighting fixtures.

Sleek lines and geometric shapes define contemporary lighting fixtures.

Contemporary Lighting Fixture

Contemporary foyer lighting fixtures provide a great deal of versatility in terms of how you can incorporate them into the interior design. The term contemporary itself encompasses several different yet intertwining styles. Sleek lines and geometric shapes often characterize these trendy accessories, resulting in a modern design that works well in various contemporary settings.

Introduce a sense of eminence to your entryway with a lavish crystal chandelier.

Introduce a sense of eminence to your entryway with a lavish crystal chandelier.

Crystal Chandelier

It’s hard to go wrong with a crystal chandelier for your entryway — if space and style permit, of course. Its beautifully ornate design serves as a centerpiece that demands your attention. It is no wonder that crystal chandeliers have been gracing grand entrances for well over a century. Their opulent aesthetics add classic drama to a space where first impressions matter, especially when paired with a traditional rug.

Accessorize your entryway console with a chic table lamp.

Accessorize your entryway console with a chic table lamp.

Modern Chic Table Lamp

It goes without saying that entryway lighting isn’t restricted to ceilings. If your foyer features a console table, for instance, you can accessorize it with a modern chic entryway lamp. Table lamps are available in a plethora of colors, patterns, and styles, so you’re sure to find one that resonates with your entryway decor. Consider teaming it with a vibrant bouquet and wall art that shares the same color palette.

Consider making a statement in your entryway with classic sconces.

Consider making a statement in your entryway with classic sconces.

Classic Wall Sconces

You don’t need a fancy chandelier to make a statement in your entryway — especially if space comes at a premium. Classic sconces with wrought-iron or brass detailing can elevate an understated foyer wall while brightening up the space. It is also quite common for wall lamps to serve as additional sources of illumination; so even if you do have space for an entryway hanging light, you can consider pairing it with a set of sconces.

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Dikran Seferian

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