Do you want to understand how to illuminate the foyer to the house but you don’t know how? Or do you have some ideas, but want to be sure you’re not wrong?
If so, you’ve come across the right article, where I’m going to walk you through everything you need to take into consideration when it comes to setting up your home entryway lights.
Foyer lighting: 4 rules to avoid mistakes
When it comes to choosing foyer lighting, it’s never an easy choice due to the many different entrance types that distinguish some homes from others.
One factor unites a small entryway, an open space foyer or an entrance with a hallway, i.e. that it represents the business card of the entire home.
For this reason, entrance lighting must be well thought out to make your home welcoming and leave guests impressed.
Below I am going to list 4 rules for not making mistakes when setting the lights for a foyer…
1) Consider the layout of your foyer
OPEN SPACE ENTRANCE
Illuminating an open space entrance, or a large dedicated room, allows you to range between many varieties of light sources.
In case it communicates with the living room, my advice is to find a suspension or ceiling lamp for the foyer that guarantees a certain stylistic continuity in the colors and shapes with the lighting in the living room.
Based on the size of your entrance you can opt for either a single light point immediately at the entrance, or if the entrance is large, I also recommend using a corner floor lamp or a table lamp placed on a piece of furniture at the entrance.
When lighting a foyer with a small entryway, my favorite choice is to certainly include a beautiful pendant lamp or a entryway small chandelier as general ambient light.
But that’s not all, include a abat jour as a secondary light source, or sconces with adjustable arms, to illuminate a mirror or a painting that you may have at the entrance.
When setting up lighting for entrance hallway, the best choice falls on appliques placed at regular intervals which accompany, with their cuts of light, the path towards the other rooms of the house.
There are many types of wall lights on the market, but for a hallway, the most functional choice are those with light emission upwards and downwards, or with a lampshade, as they manage to create splendid light games and a soft and elegant atmosphere, furnishing the walls.
Small recessed spotlights are used as a secondary light source, always at regular intervals, especially for those who have a corridor with a plasterboard false ceiling.
2) Choose light sources in accordance with the style of the house
The second point, which might seem trivial but is not at all, is to choose the lighting only after choosing the furniture and interior style you want to give to your home.
Because as I said before, the entrance represents the business card of the entire home, and therefore the visual impact once you cross the threshold must be effective and make you understand the style, modern or more classic, of your home .
Once you have defined the furnishing style, the colors and the available sizes, you can combine them with the entry way lights you prefer, ceiling lights, suspensions, appliques, chandeliers… choose the one that suits you best!
3) Pay attention to the color temperature of the light
Another important factor lies in the choice of the color temperature of the bulbs and how much light they can produce.
For the choice of color temperature (unit of measurement in K, Kelvin rating) in my projects I always opt for LED bulbs with a range between 2700 K and 3000 K, because the light is warmer, more flattering and pleasant for the eyes.
The unit of measurement that refers to how much light a light bulb, or any similar object, emits is called a Lumen. The higher the Lumens, the brighter the bulb will be.
Generally for an entrance with a hallway, the ratio is 100 lumens per square metre, the situation changes for an open space entrance, in fact assuming that the entrance opens into a living room, at least 220 lumens per square meter will be needed here.
4) Take advantage of natural light
Finally, the last point I want you to reflect on is the importance of natural light.
Now if you have an open space entrance there will surely be windows and therefore you will be able to make the most of natural light, which provides you with the best color rendering for your furnishings, as well as allowing you to save electricity.
Another benefit of natural light is that it regulates several key bodily functions, including your sleep cycles, body temperature and hormone release. In addition, natural light also translates into an improved mood and a higher level of motivation and productivity.
For these reasons, architects and interior designers always try to make the most of natural light when developing new projects.
If, on the other hand, your entrance does not have windows that allow the direct arrival of light, I advise you, where possible, to use mirrors which, placed in strategic points, can embellish, expand and illuminate your entrance.
The best chandeliers and suspensions for your foyer
Finally, I want to leave you a small selection of ceiling lights, suspensions, sconces and chandeliers for the foyer, differentiated according to the interior style chosen for your home.
Modern style furniture
Modern ceiling lamp with chromed steel structure, embellished with 6 elegantly handcrafted colorful murrine. It is ideal for foyer and modern kitchens.
Multicolored applique with simple and essential lines, perfect for illuminating walls and at the same time serving as a piece of furniture. The colors are all customizable.
The Andy suspension stands out for the splendid contrast created by the design sphere in Murano crystal and the customizable metal structure in orange, gold and black.
Chandelier that owes its name to its small size, which makes it perfect for lighting foyers or bathrooms, without sacrificing the elegance and shine of Murano glass. Customizable in colors.
Classic style furniture
Handmade ceiling lamp with 24K gold or crystal edge with a diameter of 40 or 50 centimeters. It is ideal for rooms with low ceilings and foyers. Characteristic is the finish decorated in 24K gold.
Classic Venetian chandelier enriched with leaves and flowers, owes its name to its small size, which makes it perfect for small rooms such as entryways, bathrooms or for those with limited height requirements.
Classic wall light with two lights in Murano glass enriched with 24K gold details. Choice of colors between black (photo), white and red. Perfect for lighting hallways or in combination with the chandelier.
Hand-crafted crystal or crystal/gold ceiling lamp for environments with reduced height requirements. Possibility of choosing the number of leaves between 9 and 12.
I hope I have been helpful in understanding how to illuminate the foyer to the house, following the various points indicated.
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