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As the first room of the home, entryways are ideal areas to introduce your homes style and tone. While there are many factors that play into the entryway's grand design, the room's lighting has a larger impact than you think. Through pendant lights, chandeliers, wall sconces, and other fixtures, you can create an entryway that perfectly conveys your personal aesthetic and set the tone for the entire home.
In alcoves such as these, it is easy to be touched by the complexity of the architecture, panelling, and doors. That is why the addition of a simple lantern pendant light works so well in situations like these; if there is already a lot of detail to absorb in these spaces, choosing a simple light that reinforces the area's aesthetic without drawing attention away from the other beautiful details will create a visually balanced, attractive space.
Lanterns and candles both fall into traditional, homey styles such as farmhouse, coastal, rustic, and traditional aesthetics. The lantern shown here uses both motifs to create a classic chandelier, but the worn textures of the lantern allow it to seamlessly transition into a traditional farmhouse aesthetic. When you are crafting your, keep an eye out for the types of lights, motifs, and finishes the chandelier uses to select your perfect light.
Different types of lighting fixtures will direct light in various ways, which impacts the room's functionality as well as its ambiance. This modern entryway uses sconces to direct light upward and downward, while the chandelier casts light in all directions. Depending on the tone you want to create in your entryway, decide how and where the light is cast so that you can confidently set the room's tone and illuminated areas.
In any room of the home, utilizing motifs (recurring shapes, images, and patterns) can solidify a room's style. In this grand entryway, the rounded ceiling arches tie back to the front wall's curtains and then ties back to the two chandeliers. Through the repetition of rounded shapes and arches, this entryway features a unity that can be replicated and reproduced in other foyers.
Transitional style is rising in popularity as it combines the class of traditional style with the straightforward design of modern styles. The outside wall sconces helps balance the look between the two styles and complement the natural materials on the exterior of the home. When you select lights for your home's exterior, purposefully choose fixtures that will fit with the existing architecture, building materials, and landscaping.
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In open concept homes, you are likely to see kitchens from the entryway. If the space next to the entryway has low hanging lights, consider using a higher light in the entryway. That way, your eye will naturally be drawn throughout both spaces and the two areas will be visually distinct from one another.
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Elegant and traditional spaces often utilize symmetry in the architectural features and design elements. This space leans into that aesthetic even with the chandelier, which has each bulb perfectly in place with its two-tiered structure. While you do not have to incorporate a crystal chandelier exactly like this one, using a neat and tidy ceiling light can help accent the room's existing symmetry.
Not all entryways can be grand and elegant foyers. However, there are plenty of ways to optimize lighting in long and narrow entryways as well. As shown by this mid century modern entryway, three pendant lights have been equally spread among the path and provide key illumination along with style. This room proves how using a singular chandelier is not the only way to make a statement in an entryway; multiple fixtures can create an equally stunning space.
A previous entryway showed how three pendant lights could be spaced closely together to create a larger impact than a singular chandelier or pendant. In this narrow entryway, the lights are spread out further to fill out an entire hallway. Though this space would look stunning with one central light, this room also proves how doubling the number of lighting fixtures and spacing them out can reinforce the hallway's natural direction and length.
Lighting designers often create fixtures featuring similar imagery and artistry in different forms, such as wall sconces, chandeliers, floor lamps, and so on. This entryway uses two lights from the same collection to create a wholly unified entryway. While you do not have to use a singular collection to adorn your space, it is a great idea for those who struggle with finding matching lights among various collections and designers.
The entryway's lighting fixture in this home is not clearly visible from this angle, but the ambiance it creates is unmistakable. This home has many warm wood tones throughout the floor, ceiling, and fireplace mantle, so it is natural that the entryway's chandelier casts such a warm light over the space. Lights come in different temperatures that create different tones, which means you can select a light that creates a warm ambiance like this light or select something with a cool, modern mood.
Monochromatic rooms that use only black and white are as dramatic as they are stunning. However, adding in one accent that breaks the mold is an inspired way to add to the room's elegance. In this entryway, the use of a white and gold light instead of a black and white one sets the light apart from the ceiling and allows both elements to shine as essential accents. You may use similar principles in your monochromatic entryway or foyer's light.
The placement of your entryway chandelier has a huge impact on the impression it leaves and how it balances in the space at large. There are guidelines that suggest the bottom of your chandelier is at least 7 feet off the ground, or that the chandelier (and chain) take up the top third of the room. Following either of these guidelines will lead you towards adding a chandelier that balances well in the space.
Mesh is a material often associated with farmhouse style and country living, but this chandelier flips that formula around by using it in a highly-elegant, contemporary fixture. The takeaway from this simple entryway is this: materials, finishes, and structures are highly versatile and can be used in endless different ways, so don't be afraid to look beyond common shapes and materials for chandeliers that have incredibly distinctive style and presentation.
In outdoor entryways surrounded by vines and warm wooden doors, there is nothing more magical than a single light leading you further into adventure. Upon closer inspection, this lantern light from Hinkley Lighting has a lot of beautiful ornamentation that lends itself to that style, but you can use whatever style best suits your personality.
Contemporary lights often take on an artistic vibe, and the light shown in this entryway definitely fits that tone. Even though the entryway leans more traditional with its trim, doors, and carpet, the contemporary light acts as an unexpected accent that reflects more of the homeowner's personality. If you personally enjoy more than one style, feel free to add an unexpected element or two of a secondary style to create a clear style statement while not competing with the room's larger aesthetic.
The direction of the light, its distance from the ceiling, and the chandelier's structure all impact how the light will be cast on nearby walls, ceilings, and floors. Because this light is so close to the ceiling, it creates very clear lines towards the center and then branches out to create steady streams of light. When you place a chandelier or pendant light, carefully consider how far it is spaced from the ceiling and how the light will be reflected upon that surface to create another beautiful statement.
In grand, open rooms, your eye is naturally drawn to all the unique elements. If you have one central focal point you would like to highlight in the middle of the space, use multiple lighting fixtures to the sides of the focal point. That way, your focal point (in this case, the door) does not get hidden behind the lights, and the lights stand out as other primary accents.
Although elegant designs are often known for their great ornamentation and silver and gold tones, modern elegant chandeliers can utilize different materials to achieve the same effect. This chandelier uses a hand-rubbed bronze finish to take an elegant design from unattainable to approachable and warm. This particular chandelier is available in two finishes, but the finishes each convey different tones because of their respective metals. When adding a chandelier or light to your space, it's important to realize just how much the metallic finishes impact the light's overarching tone and style.
While chandeliers are often thought of as being large, vertically established accents, horizontal fixtures are an underutilized option that is ideal for entryways and spaces where you don't have enough ceiling height to support a larger fixture. Using options like this gives you greater freedom with your room, the directional space the chandelier takes, and how that light overlaps visually with nearby accents.
Chandeliers and pendant lights can be a subtle addition to an entryway, but they can also create bold statements through their own designs and what compelling architecture they're paired with. In this space, a Koura Pendant light is used repeatedly and complements the dynamic ceiling and plantlife below. If you have a draw towards bold, dramatic spaces, go for it! Your home should be an expression of your personal aesthetic.
In this traditional entryway, everything is need and in its place: the windows are perfectly balanced and symmetrical, the door has minimal flourish, and the rug is highly traditional. In rooms such as this, you can add in a sense of whimsy and movement through a cascading chandelier. As you can see by this example, when this form contrasts with the rest of the room's structured nature, the artistic waves and cascading crystals stand out as a traditional yet free-spirited piece or art.
The pendant light displayed in this entryway perfectly suits the room's aesthetic on its own, but it truly shines with the shadows it casts on the walls and ceiling. Since those spaces are both bare, the shadows from the woven pendant light cast neat, unexpected detailing throughout the room. Let this serve as a lesson: with chandeliers and pendants that create unique shadows, the shadows themselves can be a form of artistic expression.
Although the central pendant is a different collection than the walls sconces, you would never know it because of all the stylistic similarities. If you are blending different collections of lights throughout one space, look at elements such as similar metallic and glass finishes, similar mounting, similar motifs (such as lantern designs or use of candles), and similar detailing. Considering these areas will enable you to seamlessly blend styles to create a balanced aesthetic.
Wallpapers are coming back into style, especially in entryways. The botanical wallpaper here is clearly a bold statement with its busy detailing and bold color scheme, but daring wallpaper is complemented by daring lighting. Look at the light's main materials, finishes, and imagery to reflect back to the wallpaper to create a masterfully designed entryway.
Chandeliers, pendant lights, and ceiling lights are often centered in the middle of an entryway, but that is far from their only placement. If you want to accent another part of your entryway such as a side chair or table immediately inside the door, placing a light right in that area is a great option.
Entryway lights are ideally suited and placed to define not only that room's style, but the style of the entire home. The intentional inclusion of lights, their placement, and their light distribution all work together to establish your ideal tone and welcome guests into your home.
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