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When you think of adding new lighting to your home, the hallway might be the last space on your list. Your hallways are used to get from one part of the house to another, and you might not think much about how well they are lit or how they’re decorated. You might hang a few family photos in the hall, but other than that, your focus is on other rooms.
At Hermitage in Nashville, we can help you find the perfect hallway lighting for your home. These corridors can be bright and inviting, and you can make them into spaces that make guests feel welcome every time they’re in your house. From ambient lights for the ceiling to sconces and lamps for the walls, our showroom and catalog have something for everyone!
For ambient lighting in your hallway, you’ll want to measure the length and height of the space. If you have a long hallway, you can install multiple overhead lights, with a fixture every few feet. This will provide plenty of ambient light for the entire space, while also creating balance and symmetry within the hallway. For shorter hallways, one or two lights can suffice, as long as you feel they provide enough illumination.
By knowing the height of the hallway, you can choose the appropriate type of light fixtures. If the hallway ceiling is 8 or 9 feet high, you’ll want to install flush or semi-flush fixtures to keep the lights out of the navigable space. For ceilings that are 10 feet and above, you can add pendant lights or other hanging fixtures, since there should be plenty of clearance. Single pendants can be a great choice for your hallway, as long as there’s enough room.
Recessed lights can also be installed in hallways, and you can place them between your flush or hanging lights, creating even more ambient illumination. You can also only use recessed lighting, if you decide that you don’t want any other ambient fixtures. Our staff can provide recommendations based on your preferences and your budget.
As for hallway accent lighting, wall sconces are the most common choice. These lights can be placed in the spots between your ambient lights, alternating light sources between the ceiling and the wall. This layout can also create more balance within the hallway, making the space more inviting.
With wall sconces, you’ll want to be sure that your hallway is wide enough to accommodate them. If the hall is wider than 4 feet, there should be plenty of space to install sconces the entire length of the corridor. If the hall is narrower than 4 feet, you can look at flush-mount sconces or other wall-mounted fixtures.
Track lighting is also an option for accent illumination, especially if you have photos or artwork on display in the hallway. You’ll want to make sure that there’s enough space for the track lighting so that they don’t seem too crowded next to your other ceiling lights. You can also substitute track lights for traditional ambient fixtures, or pair them with recessed lighting.
Each hallway needs the right lighting controls, with switches at both ends of the space. This allows you to turn the lights on or off as you come and go, making life much easier. Dimmers are also a viable option, especially if you want to lower the lights in the evening to create a certain mood or simply to conserve energy. Each light or set of lights will need its own controls so that you can decide which fixtures are on and which ones can stay off.
Smart Lighting Options
Home automation has come a long way in the past few years, and more and more homeowners are adding smart lighting controls to their houses. Hallways can be a great option for smart controls, since you often just pass through the space without stopping. You can turn the lights on or off with your phone or your voice, and you can even turn the hallway lights off after you’ve left the house for the day!
When it comes to lighting styles for your hallway, you can match your foyer or entryway lighting, since the two spaces are often connected, or you can choose a completely different style. Perhaps you saw a fixture you liked in our catalog or showroom, and you want to base your new lighting design around it. Our team can offer suggestions and guidance on how to create the perfect design for your hallway.
One thing to keep in mind is that you can continue your hallway lighting style onto your stairs. If you’re adding sconces to the hall, use the same style of fixture on your stairway. This creates consistency and continuity, and can make your home feel more complete.
Find Your New Hallway Lighting
There’s nothing better than finding the right lighting for your home, so if you’re looking for new hallway lights, we hope you’ll shop with us today. You can look through our catalog to find new fixtures, building a wish list or purchasing items online. You can find sconces, pendants, recessed lights, and more, as well as decor and accent furniture that can look great in your hallway.
If you’d like to schedule a consultation with one of our expert lighting designers, we can help you find a time that works for you. Simply contact us online and you can sit down with a member of our team to discuss all of your lighting options. If you just want to browse our showroom, we’re here Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Our staff is always happy to help however they can.
Transform your hallway with new lighting that you’ll love for years to come. Whether you’ve just built a home or you’re updating a family estate, Hermitage is here to provide everything you need.