Really good hallway lighting says two things: ‘Come on in’ and ‘Ta-daaaaa!’ Here’s how five top interior designers have used Pooky lights to create entrance spaces that hit the sweet spot: warmly welcoming, but with the wow factor…
The hallway plays a surprisingly important role in the interior design of a home. It sets the tone and makes the first impression. Ideally, you want your visitors to feel welcome, impressed – and possibly just the teeniest bit envious. Lighting is absolutely the key: with the right lights, you can make your hallway a sensational space in its own right.
In this post we’ve brought together examples from some of the UK’s leading interior designers and renovators, all of whom have used items from Pooky’s range of hallway lighting to make a seriously dramatic entrance.
1. Select pendants to set the style tone of your home
Image: Geek Vintique
Here, interior designer Claire Botha of Geek Vintique has used a set of our Pooky's Luxor lanterns in brass and clear glass to bring a real sense of elegance to the hallway. The gently sloping glass diffuses the light and the simple lines of the antiqued brass fit perfectly with the overall decor for a very distinctive yet timeless look. (Find out more about Claire and her love of all things vintage, in our Meet the Interior designer Q&A.)
2. Use table lamps for a warm, relaxed welcome
Side tables adorned with stylish table lamps are a lovely, effortless way of introducing atmospheric lighting to a hallway, and setting a tone of warmth and relaxed happiness.
As well as providing useful task and accent lighting, they can also be striking decorative objects in their own right – so setting one (or a pair) on a console table is a great chance to express your personal style in the first space that visitors see.
In this hallway, fashion and interiors guru Louise Roe (@louiseroehome) has featured our Paolo table lamp with a neutral lampshade – all very elegant, warm and soothing – and quite at home with the hall’s natural textures and neutral colour palette. Read more about Louise and her home in our Q&A.
3. Use shades with bold colours and patterns for depth and drama
Lampshades give you the chance to add depth and character to your hallway – and by extension the overall impression your home decor makes – with bold colours, shapes and patterns. Here, interior designer Sarah Osmond (@sarahosmondinteriors) has gone for glorious drama by featuring the sculptural Gourdon table lamp in seaweed ceramic, paired with a striking Heraldic ikat lampshade, all set against a vibrant bright orange backdrop.
4. Make a sensational statement with a chandelier
When it comes to making a style statement, nothing tops a whopping great chandelier. Here renovators Dore and Leon (@villa_todmorden) have used Pooky’s Loki two-tiered oval chandelier in the large entrance hall of their beautiful Victorian villa – and doesn’t it just make the whole space sing!
With its double layer of individually placed glass rods and handworked antiqued brass frame, the Loki sits so well with the stained glass door panels and gives everything a real sense of harmony, even a touch of grandeur.
Pooky’s chandeliers come in all sorts of styles, sizes and materials, so you can find one with precisely the right amount of wow factor for your hallway.
5. Combine different types of lighting for a dazzlingly bright entrance
Image via @mystudiolondon
Often windowless, hallways can sometimes be a touch on the gloomy side. But you can brighten things up and make a style statement by using a combination of different types of lighting. This fabulous example by interior designer Clare Weeks of interiors firm My-Studio is positively bursting with different Pooky lights, including the hand blown Bulbus pendant in clear glass, the Bow Tie wall light in black and the Crescent table lamp in white marble with a linen lampshade in Apple.
The result is a hallway that's light, fresh and contemporary. The various sources of light bring to life the soft neutral tones of the decor – and the clever addition of a statement mirror and other reflective surfaces maximises the available light and creates a vibrant, dazzling entrance space. Who wouldn’t want to step inside?
Pooky makes beautiful lights for beautiful homes. See our range of hallway lighting here.
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