Grand foyers with tall ceilings are beautiful areas to welcome friends and family into your home. With the proper lighting fixture, you can further define the room's style and creating an even more inviting space. There are so many possibilities with these room that the process of choosing a light may be intimidating. How do you choose lights that are the proper height, scale, and style for your room? Fortunately, we've created a list of our favorite entryways with tall ceilings and provided tips, tricks and foyer lighting ideas for tall ceilings.
As the first room of the home, foyers often introduce the style of the entire home and foreshadow design elements you may see in neighboring rooms. This is especially true in open concept homes where rooms blend together much more seamlessly. Take inspiration from this home and use lights that have similar shapes, structures, detailing, and finishes in the foyer and nearby rooms to create thematic consistency in your home.
Even though foyers with tall ceilings can accommodate large, hanging lights, you can also use a different type of light to accent your foyer. Small chandeliers, mini pendant lights, flush-mount ceiling lights, and semi-flush lights are all popular fixtures for foyers. Each option has plenty of choices with different designs, heights, and aesthetics, so you have unlimited potential with decorating your home's foyer.
Lantern chandeliers and pendant lights are incredibly diverse in their stylings and uses. They can add rustic charm to traditional spaces, create a more homey aesthetic, or even convey an air of elegance. Aside from their various styles, they can also be used in many different types of entryways and interior design aesthetics.
Industrial style is quite popular with its use of iron, steel, and sleek metals. The staircase in this tall foyer naturally shows off industrial style with the floating stair system and railing, but that scheme is complemented by the door and the black iron chandelier in the back. The chandelier itself may not lean into the industrial style, but since it uses a similar material and color, it fits into the room and positively impacts the room's tone.
Oversized entryways call for oversized chandeliers. If this room were to leave out the chandelier, then the space would almost feel too vast and empty. The well placed light draws the eye through the space and creates a warm, welcoming tone with its classic candle lights and ambiance. When working in large spaces, use grand chandeliers to fit the room's scale and set the proper tone.
When choosing a chandelier for your foyer with tall ceilings, look at any architectural features or details that already exist in the room. These details can serve as inspiration for what lighting fixture you choose for the room. Take this room as an example: the glasswork features intricate, whimsical swirls, so the chandelier uses similar rounded shapes but in a more modern way to gently change the room's style to feel more modern.
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The small chandelier used in this foyer may not have the largest footprint, but it certainly impacts the room. With the gentle fairy lights and brighter bulbs scattered throughout its canopy, this light conveys an air of whimsy and gentleness. Remember, just because large foyers can handle large chandeliers doesn't mean that you need to fill the space. Choose a light that conveys your desired tone with its lighting temperature, light size, and design.
The lighting fixture itself obviously plays a key role in defining the room's tone, but so does the creation of light itself. The specks of light cast whimsically throughout this entryway create an old-world charm that standard, unimpeded light beams simply could not create. When choosing a light for the entryway, consider how the light is cast and how that can add a new spark to your foyer.
Your foyer may use multiple lighting fixtures to create a complete lighting scheme and style. When using multiple types of lights, look for similarities that span across all the lights. This contemporary foyer matches the chandelier and wall sconces with rounded shapes, dark hues, and imperfect finishes. Along with that, the warm lighting temperature further connects the lights and helps define the room's tone.
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Foyers with tall ceilings typically hang their chandeliers at taller heights to emphasize the room's size. However, a low hanging chandelier can do the same and draw your eye to a particular point. When your chandelier is low, be sure it is not placed directly in a walking path where it may be bumped. Instead, line it up with a table like this entryway does.
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Foyers with tall ceilings often connect to a staircase that leads to the next floor. In these cases, there are no hard-set rules on how and where to place chandeliers. They may often be placed above a landing, but you can also use them elsewhere like in this entryway alcove. As you can see in this room, that creative placement draws the eye towards the small seating area and the grand stairwell and adds essential lighting to the entryway.
The materials and finishes of your room's lighting fixture have a dramatic impact on the room's overarching tone and style. In the case of this elegant entryway, the chandelier uses cascading cast resin to create a highly luxurious crystal-like light. As you shop for elegant foyer chandeliers, look for materials like glass, crystal, and resin, which are ideally suited for elevating the room's tone.
Foyer lights come in many different heights, sizes, and styles to suit different types of homes. Whether your home is rustic, contemporary, vintage, or another style, you now have knowledge and inspiration to choose the best lights for your foyer. All that's left is to take action and create your ideal entryway.
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