Hall Lighting Ideas

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Hall Lighting Ideas
Choose a simple chandelier for a plain hallway. (Modern chandelier image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

If you are redecorating your home, your hallways deserve special attention. These corridors allow you to travel from room to room; gloomy lighting will only create a dreary look that will negatively affect even well-lit, well-designed areas of the house. Choose hallway lighting that serves to attractively brighten the corridors.

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Wall Sconces

Wall sconces imitate the look of candleholders and torches, and they can be used to brighten up a long, dark hallway. Wall sconces can be as modern or as traditional as the home calls for. Use a very simple, cone-shaped wall sconce to light up the hallway in a modern home, and use a more elaborate wall sconce, in iron or brass, in a traditional home.

Track Lighting

Track lighting allows you to light up the length of your hallway and to direct the attention of the person walking by. For example, install track lighting down the length of the hallway, but direct some of the light sources toward pieces of art along the wall. If you keep the light subtle, this can cause people to look at the art on the wall without realising why they are doing it.

Floor-Level Lighting

If you are looking for something more subtle that will complement the primary lighting in a hallway, use floor-level lighting. Floor-level lighting creates a more subtle glow that is perfect for quiet nights and for ensuring that people who sleep along the hallway are not disturbed. Floor-level lighting is ideal for hallways that lead down to stairs, as they will prevent people on the stairs from being dazzled by suddenly bright hallway lights.

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lights drop from the ceiling of the hallway to create pools of light. You cannot direct the light, but two pendant lights are usually enough for a hallway that is shorter in length. You may also use pendant lighting to shorten a hallway that feels too tall and imposing. Choose simple pendant lighting for a simple hallway, or choose a heavily elaborate iron chandelier for a Victorian home.

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