Lighting for your entryway is so important. I mean your entry is one of the first things people see when they visit your home. If your a lighting nut like me, you understand what a difference the right lighting fixture can make.
Entry ways can be tricky. You want to think about how large of a space you have to work with. You also need to consider the height. This will allow you to decide on whether you want a ceiling fixture, a pendant, or a chandelier. The bigger the space the larger the fixture.
If you’re unsure about the height you need, check out Choosing your Chandelier Height and Style, it’s a good starting point.
You can go with two different types of fixtures here. First is a flush mount fixture. This means it is attached directly to the ceiling and there is little to no distance from the shade to ceiling.
As you can see in the image above, it is flush but this one has a lot more character than most flush mount lighting fixtures tend to have. They don’t have to look like those lights we grew up staring at in our bedrooms. They don’t have to be for the sole purpose of giving off light.
A semi flush mount means you can have a further distance from the fixture to the ceiling. It gives you a little more style usually and can still be just as effective as the flush mount.
Semi Flush fixtures can be larger, and much more detailed than typical flush mount fixtures. So if you don’t have a lot of space, but want to make a bit of a statement, I’d recommend a semi flush fixture.
Pendants are smaller fixtures that hang down from the ceiling. You can get some mini pendants, something larger, or you can even group a few together. The size and style of your space will dictate this.
For smaller or average sized spaces I love the look of a pendant coming down close to the height of the door. As you can see in the image here, this simple vintage looking pendant makes the space. I mean can you imagine it without it?
If you have a larger space, you can go with 3 pendants coming down at varying heights. It’s a great look and you can go with a more unified look with the same style, or make them all different. It’s a fun way to create an impact.
When you have a larger entry or foyer, you want to go big. Getting anything too small will just cause it to look awkward. You may want to go with a chandelier here.
Chandeliers can come in just about any size or style. The whole point to a chandelier is that it’s grand, and it can complete an otherwise large empty space. Just as a rug brings the room together below, the chandelier gives a space something it would otherwise be missing.