How To Choose Entryway Lighting


The foyer is the first thing people see when they enter your house so your entryway lighting should make a statement! These foyer lighting tips will brighten any space.

The lighting in your foyer should create an inviting warmth and set the tone for the rest of the home. That means that you should take a little bit of time to consider the design, layout, wattage and style trend of your entryway lighting when designing this space.

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Design tips for your entryway lighting

The design of your foyer lighting will depend mostly on the size of your entryway and the style of your house. Although you might have seen photos of large beautiful hanging lampshades, they might not tie in with the rest of your home's aesthetic! However, rest assured you can have tasteful, aesthetically pleasing lights that leave an impression even if you have a smaller space to work with.

Light Lantern Geometric Semi Flush Mount
Simple Globe Semi Flush Entryway Lighting
Industrial Bell Shape Semi Flush Entryway Lighting
Drum Semi Flush Entryway Lighting
Elegant Gold Semi Flush Entryway Lighting
3 Light Cylinder Semi Flush Entryway Lighting
Gold Globe Chandelier Entryway Lighting
Light Candle Style Classic Chandelier
Traditional Chandelier with Crystal Accent
Big Unique Chandelier Entryway Lighting
5 Light Shaded Classic Chandelier
Light Candle Style Wagon Wheel Chandelier
Light Lantern Cylinder Pendant
Gold Elegant Drum Style Entryway Lighting
Grey Geometric Lantern Entryway Lighting
Cage Style Entryway Lighting with Crystals
Wooden Rectangle Lantern Entryway Lighting
4 Light Lantern in Geometric Style

It is always worth taking some time to think about the design and layout of your entryway lighting- it is the first impression people will have of your home!

What size light do I put in the foyer?

Every entryway is different. So how do you know what size your foyer chandelier should be?

There are a few simple sizing rules you can follow to ensure that your lighting looks balanced. This will obviously depend on how large your foyer is.

Typically, American ceilings are 8 feet high, but you will find that more modern homes are around 9 to 10 feet. If you have a grand foyer that opens up to the second story, the ceiling will be a minimum of 17 feet high.

As a general rule, lampshades should hang at least 7 feet above the ground. That means that if you have a standard 8-foot ceiling, you will probably need to choose semi-flush lighting and much smaller lampshades.

For grand foyers that reach the second-story of your home, the light should be large enough to reach the first story.

As well as the height of the foyer lighting, you need to calculate the diameter. The size of the lampshade needs to be in proportion to your space.

To calculate the diameter of your foyer light, you can use the equation from Hinkley Lighting Inc. Simply add the length and width of the foyer, and then convert it to inches - this will give you the approximate size for your lampshade.

For example, if your entryway is 8-feet by 6-feet, then your lampshade needs to have a 14-inch diameter to look balanced.

If you are looking for timeless foyer lighting trends that will stay in style for years, here are a few of the best design ideas:

Black Metal Square Entryway Lighting
Geometric Lantern Metal Entryway Lighting
Metal Industrial Rectangle Entryway Lighting
4 Light Steel Entryway Lighting
Silver Metal Lantern Style Entryway Lighting
Cylinder Entryway Lighting with Iron Accents

Circle Lampshades - For a modern look in a large foyer, go for oversized circle lampshades in earthy tones.

Drum Shaped Circle Lampshades Lighting
5 Light Unique Circle Lampshades
Single Geometric Circle Lampshades Lantern
Silver Circle Lampshades Entryway Lighting
3 Light Cluster Bell Circle Entryway Lighting
Industrial Circle Lampshades Entryway Lighting
Brown Box Wall Sconces
1 Light Armed Wall Sconce
1 Light Industrial Aesthetic Wall Sconce
Bulb Shaped Wall Sconce
Vintage Metal Wall Sconces Set
Golden Metal Swing Arm Wall Sconce

What are the best bulbs for entryway lighting?

So what light bulbs will you need for your foyer once you have decided on the design?

What mistakes should be avoided with foyer lighting?

Although foyers are not designed for living in, there are still a few general lighting design mistakes you should avoid if you want ambient, effective lighting.

Take the time to find the perfect lighting for your entryway - you will thank yourself every time you come through the front door!