When guests enter your home, what is their first reaction? In order to get that "wow" from your visitors (and, potentially, future home buyers), you'll want to make sure your foyer lighting is up to par. From crystal chandeliers to simple flush mount lights, there are a plethora of foyer lighting options available. Read on for advice on choosing the perfect fit for your home!
What type of foyer lighting fixture do you need?
The most traditional choice for foyer lighting is the chandelier, an elegant choice for providing plenty of light and style for the home's entrance. Other fixtures gaining popularity for large foyers include pendants, which are ideal for slightly less formal lifestyles. There are a huge variety of chandelier and pendant styles to suit your space perfectly.
If your ceiling isn't tall enough for a hanging light, consider a semi-flush light. These offer a wider illumination than fixtures that install flush to the ceiling since they hang down slightly, so the light comes out of the top and bottom of the fixture. Semi-flush mounts are available in many upscale styles. If you're looking for something formal for your lower ceiling, consider a semi-flush that combines the look of a chandelier with the versatility of a flush mount.
Determining the correct size
There is a simple formula for determining the ideal width of your foyer light: the diameter of the fixture should be equal, in inches, to the sum of the width and length dimensions of the room. To determine the ideal height, consider the height of your ceiling. A hanging fixture should be at least 7' from the floor, but tall enough not to look "flat" in the space.
How much light?
Generally, more light is needed in the foyer because of its large space. You definitely need enough light to see the room when you first enter the house, especially at night. Be sure that you provide plenty of light in this area, but not all from the same fixture, or you will get an unpleasant glare.
To achieve the absolute best results, always apply the lighting layer method to your foyer lighting. Think about where you need light the most: how about a pair of wall sconces up the stairway for an added measure of safety or a stylish lamp against a wall to draw attention to your favorite portrait?
What style is best?
Remember that your home's entry sets the tone for the rest of your home. Be sure to choose a high-quality fixture that truly represents your unique style! Traditionally, home lighting is more formal in the front of the home (the foyer and dining room) and more casual toward the back (in the kitchen).
When you find a foyer light style you love, take a look at the other fixtures in the design family. If you are considering supplementing your foyer light with other fixtures like wall sconces, it is wise to purchase them at the same time because lighting manufacturers discontinue designs frequently.
Fluorescent vs. Incandescent
If you've chosen a foyer lighting fixture with clear glass, you're pretty much limited to incandescent bulbs because fluorescent bulbs look tacky when exposed. However, if your foyer light has frosted or etched glass to diffuse the bulb's appearance, you can consider substituting your bulbs for compact fluorescents. This is particularly useful in foyer lighting that is high above the ground because you won't need to get up on a ladder and change the bulbs nearly as often.