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How to Choose Foyer Lighting

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Foyer lights first welcome guests to your home and set the tone of first impressions. Foyer lighting should be selected based on the scale of the space and the style of your home. Chandeliers are traditional foyer lights, but are certainly not the only option. Pendants, flush ceiling lights, floor lamps and wall sconces can also provide appropriate lighting for a foyer, depending on your space and sense of style.

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When selecting the proper foyer lighting, it's important to take into consideration the scale of the space, and the style of the home. If you have a large foyer with a high ceiling, a decorative chandelier can be an attractive focal point. However if your foyer is smaller, use a mini chandelier or mount a semi-flush light fixture to the ceiling.

You may also choose to add wall sconces and/or a portable table lamp on a small table in the foyer. The sconces and table lamps add a valuable layering effect to the entrance lighting.

Remember, your foyer's lighting reflects your sense of style and establishes the decorative theme for the rest of the home. The lighting you select should provide ample illumination, while creating a wonderful first impression.

Calculate Size

The first consideration when selecting foyer lighting is size. The light should not overwhelm the space but should provide an attractive focal point. Measure the length, width and height of your space. If you have an existing light in your foyer, measure this as well and use it as a point of reference.

To calculate the approximate size for your space, add the width of the space to the length of the space in feet. The sum of these numbers will give you the approximate diameter for a foyer light in inches. Compare this number to your existing light to get an idea of the scale and adjust accordingly.

Hang Carefully

Choosing how high and where to hang your lights can make a big difference in how your foyer is lit and looks. A general rule of hanging lights, such as chandeliers, is to have them sit seven feet above the floor. However, it is less important to closely follow this rule in a foyer than it would be in a dining room. Consider where you want the light to make an impression. If you have a split staircase with a landing at the top, you may want to hang your foyer light higher than seven feet so it is the focal point from the landing.

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