We all know that the first impression matters a lot, and this is true even when we are talking about a home. Everyone wants those who will cross its threshold to be pleasantly surprised by the special atmosphere and the welcoming air of the house. To establish the ambience of your home, an important role is played by the hallway and the way it is lit.
Interior designers claim that this is the place that brings extra hospitality to the house and provides a friendly environment, but for that, you must have adequate light. At first glance, everything seems easy to do, but how many of us can enjoy a generous lobby? Minimalist arrangements, narrow spaces or long rooms require special attention. Here are some suggestions for proper hallway lighting.
Sets the optimal lighting level
Although many people might consider calculating the lighting level a fad, it is rather a necessity given the importance of light in an interior space. The amount of light required per square meter is measured in lux (lx), 1 lux being equal to the illumination produced by a luminous flux of lumen (lm) that falls uniformly on the surface of 1 square meter. Therefore, it is necessary to know the size of the hallway to know how to properly illuminate. As a rule, the average lighting level for hallways is 75-100 lux per square meter.
Opt for ample lighting in wide hallways
If you have a large hallway, use sconces for the ceiling to have ample lighting. These lighting fixtures are efficient and special.
Use recessed lights in small spaces
Sometimes, in less generous places, the simplest solution is to install luminaires with LED bulbs, recessed in the ceiling. They will go unnoticed in the space they occupy, but will provide the perfect lighting to transform the hallway into a functional and decorative space.
Install luminaires with motion sensors
For maximum electricity savings, the easiest way is to choose light sources with a motion sensor. In hallways that are often transited, the light must be turned on and off frequently, which can become uncomfortable. If you place motion-sensor lights, the light will only be turned on when you walk down the hall, so you will always enjoy increased comfort.
Eliminate any traces of darkness in the narrow hallways
If your home has a long, narrow hallway, it is necessary to add a number of lighting fixtures. It can be wall sconces, without too many decorations, chandeliers or even modern ceiling lights, if the decorative style allows such a choice. It is important that the hallway is not dark at all on the route, the lighting fixtures, even if they are small, should be placed at equal distances from each other, and at the end of the hallway, there should be a strong light source to contrast with the least generous on the route.
Try to visually enlarge the space
To add height to a hallway, place wall sconces and light spots at eye level. You can also visually lengthen a narrow hallway by placing LEDs or lanterns on the floor. This will make the look go down, towards the light, and space will look more generous and particularly spectacular.
Choose suspended lighting for high ceilings
A large hallway with a high ceiling can be very well highlighted by a beautiful chandelier. Suspended luminaires are a real statement and attract attention very easily, but they are only an option for very high rooms. Otherwise, if the ceiling of the hall is too low, a suspended product will induce a feeling of claustrophobia.
The hallway of the house should not be seen only as a simple passageway. It must serve a functional purpose and provide adequate light to space, to turn the reception area into a spectacular one, to be envied by all those who will visit your home.