The entryway or foyer of your home is where you greet guests, hang your coat and your keys when you get home, and are finally able to feel at ease following a long day. At LightStyles in Cornelius, we love helping people find the perfect entryway and foyer lighting options, whether they’re looking for a new grand chandelier or simple sconces that help light the front entrance of their home. If you want to update your entryway or foyer lights, our showroom is the place to start. Whether you’ve just moved into your house, or you’ve lived there for years, we can help you choose the optimal lighting solutions for this space. We can discuss design, layout, installation, and more, and in the end, you’ll have the ideal lighting.
When adding new lights to a space, it’s often best to start with the ambient lighting. This lighting is provided by the overhead fixtures, and in an entryway, this can come in the form of a chandelier, a pendant, or a flush mount light. The height of your ceiling will play the most important role in determining which fixture is best for your foyer.
If the foyer ceiling is between 8 and 9 feet, you’ll want to choose a flush or semi-flush fixture for the main ambient light. This will ensure that no one bumps into the light while entering the house, since a hanging fixture would protrude too far into the space. You can complement your main ambient fixture with recessed lighting, provided the entry is large enough to need more illumination.
For ceilings that are 10 feet, or that stretch to the second floor of your home, you can look at chandeliers or pendant lights for your entryway. This fixture can act as a focal point for the front of your home, offering adequate lighting and creating a great first impression on guests when they visit. You’ll want to measure the height, width, and length of the foyer so that you’ll know how much lighting you’ll need and how big of a hanging fixture the space can accommodate.
Accent lights, no matter where they are in your home, are intended to bring light to the middle layer of a space, creating a more welcoming and inviting atmosphere. For your front entry, your accent lighting choices can range from wall sconces to table lamps, but what’s most important is that they add to the space.
When looking at accent lighting options, make sure to consider how you use your front entryway. Is there a coat rack for jackets and hats? Is there a small table for keys and mail? By adding accent fixtures in the right spots, you can make your foyer more functional, as well as more appealing.
You may not need several entryway accent lights, especially for smaller areas. One or two lights may suffice, but if you have a large, open entry, we can help you find multiple wall sconces or lamps that will brighten the area and make everyone feel right at home as soon as they walk through the door.
Mirrors can be a great choice for smaller foyers and entryways, since they can make a space feel bigger than it actually is. Mirrors will reflect and refract light, helping your small entry feel brighter and more open. They also play a functional role, since you can use a mirror to check your hair before you leave the house or after you come in during a windy day.
As for decor in your front entryway, you’ll want to consider how much wall space you have and how visually “busy” you want the space to be. If you have a favorite painting that would look perfect on the wall near the front door, then hang it and highlight it with new track lighting. If you have a small table for keys and mail, add some family photos or seasonal decorations throughout the year to make your house feel more like a home.
There’s a good chance that your entryway or foyer leads to a stairway or a hallway. If this is the case in your home, it can be beneficial to think about how you can continue the same lighting styles used in your entryway into the hallway or up the stairs. You can install the same style of sconces along the stairway or add the same semi-flush or pendant fixtures in the hallway, making a seamless transition from the front of your home into the rest of the house.
Another aspect of new lighting that can’t go unfulfilled is lighting controls. When looking at new light fixtures, think about how each one will be controlled, whether through a switch or a dimmer. It’s best to have controls for each light or set of lights, such as one switch for the overhead ambient fixture and one for the wall sconces. If you want to be able to lower your foyer lights at night, we can show you a number of different dimmer options that make controlling your fixtures easier than ever.
For any homeowner who is interested in smart lighting and home automation, we can discuss the possibilities of adding smart controls to your entryway or foyer. You will be able to turn the lights on and off with a voice command or through your phone. This means that you can turn the lights off if you forgot to do so as you left the house, or you can turn the lights on before you unlock the front door!
One of the biggest challenges many people face when looking at new entryway lights is trying to decide what style of lighting they want. You may be a fan of modern styles that have clean lines and right angles, or you may be someone who prefers a more traditional look. Whatever the case may be, our expert lighting team can show you a number of different lighting styles and walk you through the features and benefits of each one.
If you’re building a new home and want your lighting styles to be consistent throughout the house, the foyer can be a great place to start. We can discuss your overall lighting plan and then decide how best to apply it to your entryway. We’ll gladly answer any questions you have about size, shape, and style, because we want you to end up with the perfect lighting.
If you’re ready to start looking for new entryway and foyer lights, we hope you’ll choose LightStyles. We’ve proudly served Cornelius and the Lake Norman area for years, and there’s nothing we love more than helping someone find the right lighting options.