When you’re decorating your home, whether it’s for the first time or you’re updating the look and feel of the place, the foyer is probably one of the last places you think about. Unfortunately, it’s typically also one of the first places your guests see when they enter the home. That means you should probably reconsider the rooms you’ve deemed as a priority, especially if you’re looking to update light fixtures throughout your home. Here are a few tips and tricks on foyer lighting.
Create Artistic Lighting
The foyer is the entryway to your home and you should treat it as a blank canvas. You need to choose light fixtures that make a statement, as you typically have limited space in a foyer for other decorative pieces such as furniture. Therefore, it’s important to choose light fixtures that draw attention to themselves. This helps you create a space that is visually appealing and well-lit.
Create Focal Points
With foyer lighting, you can easily create focal points in the space that help point guests in a certain direction. For example, if you choose to use track lights in your foyer, you can point the track lights down through the entryway, thus creating focal points and directing your guests in a specific direction.
This can also be done using pendant lights in foyers with taller ceilings or recessed lights, no matter what height the ceiling is. Depending on the size of your foyer, you may be able to create a focal point using a chandelier. Remember that chandeliers do come in all sizes, including smaller chandelette versions, so don’t feel that you absolutely must have a large foyer in order to use a dramatic light fixture such as a chandelier.
Consider Style and Design
Since there is typically very little decor that goes into the average home foyer, aside from perhaps a few pieces of wall art or a small accent table, it’s important to put a great deal of focus on the specific style and design of the light fixtures in this space.
If you have a consistent style throughout your home, such as contemporary or traditional, then you should reflect this in your light fixture choices for the foyer. Keep in mind that light fixtures aren’t just limited to overhead ceiling fixtures, either. There are wall sconces, track lights, recessed lights and more.
Also, keep in mind that it typically takes multiple light fixtures to properly light a space. Don’t be afraid to include multiple fixtures: wall sconces, an overhead ceiling light or even floor lamps if the space calls for it.
Though you may have multiple light fixtures in this single space, remember to stay consistent! Very rarely can you mix and match different styles, you may love that pair of modern wall sconces with the brushed finish and etched glass, but they will look completely out of place if your home is styled in cottage or rustic decor. Keep this in mind as you sift through the thousands of light fixtures available. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
We hope this guide helped inspire some lighting ideas for you. For more tips and tricks check out all that Arcadian Lighting has to offer – from bathroom lighting fixtures to kitchen lights and much more!