Hallway Lighting Ideas

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Best Halloway Lighting Ideas For Your Home

The hallways are considered more like transitional spaces between the rooms of a house and have no fixed purpose other than connecting one room to another.

However, the hallways are actually a very important part of your home and should be given some special attention. They are a unique area in your home where you can easily add a little extra spark and treat your interior design a bit differently from the other less important parts of the house.

When you look at hallways, they may seem as dull and boring as they are full of functional items like a coat rack, mail station, umbrella holder and the like.

And you might not think there is a single thing you can change about your hallways to make it look more special. (the hallway hallway lighting ideas that is)

But if you ask someone who has a well-decorated hallway, you might be surprised about the many choices you can make.

Not only you can select a new wall color or door color, you can also add little additional things that can really unleash the “wow” factor of your hallways.

One important thing when it comes to hallway lighting ideas is picking the ideal lighting source for your hallways.

Why You Need Good Lighting in Your Hallway

There are a few reasons why you want to use good lighting in your hallway.

Lighting is important for security. If the power goes out, lighting in the hallways near your rooms will make it easier to see and move around. You will avoid tripping over something or getting injured by a falling object. Good lighting will also help to deter potential criminals who tend to target dark areas.

Lighting is important for security of your belongings, particularly if you have vaulted ceilings. Some light helps deter petty crime such as burglary, especially if it is a well-lit and public area. More importantly, good lighting in your hallway can help detect a fire or leak. If you spot an irregularity, you will be able to fix it quicker and have the necessary tools nearby.

Lighting is also important for safety. You want to be able to see if someone is in your home in case of an emergency. You want to be able to see when you are coming home at night or when it is dark out.

Good lighting is also important for a more energy-efficient home. Light can help you conserve energy by making it easier to detect small problems like leaks or damages. Light can also save you money if you don’t have to use a lot of energy heating the place you are living.

Different Hallway Lighting Ideas:

Standing in front of your mirror under a fluorescent light to make sure your clothes are perfectly ironed and put is just not your cup of tea.

So is the harsh glare that comes from overhead lights.

The best lighting for a hallway is one that is bright enough for you to see your way to the main lights switch but soft enough so as to not hurt your eyes.

Here are a few ideas for hallway lighting.

Purple Lights

These are long lasting and produce very little heat thus making them energy-efficient.

As they are cool lights, they also look very soothing and help calm you down.

Incandescent Lamps

As natural and warm as they get. They also come in different colors from pink to green to yellow.

As they produce a lot of heat, try to place them higher up in the ceiling.

Floor Lamps

Floor lamps offer a lot of flexibility. They can be used in various places including your kid’s bedroom, in the living room, or in the bathroom.

Like the skylights, they are bright enough but not harsh on the eyes.

Track Lights

One of the best things about them is that they are flexible. You can move them wherever you want to.

Mix & Match Your Hallway Lighting

I'm not always the best at decorating the halls, but this idea just makes sense to me.

By making use of the light fixture tubes, we can actually incorporate some very nice lighting into the planning of our hallway.

If you are looking to make a really nice statement, try using the white tube light fixtures and then paint the bead board the color of your choice; red, blue, green and a variety look great, but I like blue for a modern feel.

The light fixtures can be a little expensive, but for the look and design features, it is well worth the price.

Tips on Placing Your Hallway Lights the Right Way

When you are decorating your halls, it is important to have proper lighting. This may spice up the appearance of your residence but should also be practical.

The main idea with hallway lighting is to make it functional and attractive. If there were only one or two lights in the hallway, it would end up being quite dark, and walking around there would be a difficult task.

The best way to arrange different lights is to use various fixtures that have different functions.

A decorative fixture is good for providing added flair. However, it should not be placed close to the door where it can cause problems. An average door is about 32″ wide. This means there will be lots of space left even if you use a decorative fixture in addition to a proper hallway light.

Your hallway light, on the other hand, should be placed at a height of about 6.5 feet. This way, it will provide ample lighting so that you can enter and exit your home easily and safely.

If you want to add fun to your hallway, you can make the walls textured by using a fabric, paint or wallpaper paper. Many people also go as far as to put up murals and pictures.

You can complete the look by using the proper decorations. You can also make the hallways a bit more spacious by putting up a shelf.


This chapter may have been a little repetitive because we’ve already covered these topics in the first seven chapters. But I felt that recapping these ideas as a chapter in their own right would be useful. I also added some new ideas as well.

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Try some of the themes from chapter 5. You don’t need to do them all at once. You can experiment with different themes. If you get stuck because you’re shy about taking a new step like professional organizing services, start with a few rooms at a time. Make it a special sort of game and see it as an experiment to see if you can get improvement quicker with that help. Pay attention to what’s working and what’s not. Do more of what’s working, and if everything is working, then you’re finished. But if it’s not, then you can step up from there.