You have probably thought long and hard about lighting in the main rooms of your house, particularly your living room, kitchen and bedrooms; however, there are lots of spaces in the home that are not separate rooms but still require specific lighting. By including thoughtfully-chosen fittings, you can transform these often-neglected areas into useable and appealing spaces.
In many ways, your hallway is one of the most important spaces in your home. It is the first part of the interior that visitors see, and how it is decorated gives them a unique insight into your taste and personality. Many hallways tend to be quite dark, as there is often not very much natural light in this space; in addition, they are usually long, narrow areas, meaning that lighting them well is a priority.
You will need a good amount of functional lighting to illuminate this tricky space. Tracks of spotlights can be a good idea, as these can be angled to reach into any dark crevices; however, you will also want to create a strong decorative impression and a dramatic light fitting can greatly enhance the appeal of this space. If you have very high ceilings, take advantage with a bold chandelier; alternatively, opt for a light fitting that sits flush to the ceiling when headroom is at a premium. Add a cosy touch with a table lamp on a small bureau.
The lighting on your stairs needs to allow you to safely go up and down. Fixtures at the top and bottom can be in any style, but you may want to consider opting for bulbs that are brighter than in other rooms. For an ultra-modern touch, you may even want to include LED lights inset into each stair. Wall lights at intervals up the staircase look very attractive and add extra useful illumination.
Your upstairs landing is one of those spaces that you probably rarely think about. It probably is not seen that often by guests and may simply be an area you walk through on the way to the bedrooms, study, bathroom or airing cupboard; however, this is the perfect place to experiment with a bold light fitting. The decor here is usually quite neutral, especially if there is very little natural light, so add a vibrant touch with a colourful shade or eye-catching ceiling fixture.
The hall, stairs and landing may not be individual rooms, but this doesn’t mean they can’t look good. Use a combination of effective task lighting and attractive decorative lighting to create a welcoming and appealing ambience.