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Lighting Ideas for the Foyer

It’s always important to make a favorable first impression. Whether it is with personal relationships or with your home decor, you want to put a strong foot forward! Today let’s talk about lighting up a sometimes overlooked area in the home: the foyer/front entryway. If you think about it, when guests enter your house, your foyer sets the tone…the first impression…for the experience they will have in your home. You don’t want to have guests walk into your home and enter directly into a dark cave-like foyer. Make sure your first impression is a good one by selecting the proper lighting to complement your decor. It will give people a sneak preview of what they will see throughout the rest of the house.

Let’s start out with lighting on a small side table. It’s a functional and decorative option for the front entryway, and is perfect for placing table lamps for ambient light (along with keys and other odds and ends). You can keep it cozy with a simple silver lamp like the one below…

Regan Baker Design Foyer Lighting Ideas for the Foyer

Photo credit: Regan Baker Design

Or jazz it up with some interesting shapes, sure to make an eye-catching statement as you enter the house. They aren’t just lamps: they’re more like art pieces, and are a great element to incorporate if you don’t have a lot of wall space to decorate.

traditional entry Lighting Ideas for the Foyer

Traditional Entry by Atlanta Interior Designers & Decorators Brian Watford ID

Some table lamp options you could consider:

table lamps for foyer Lighting Ideas for the Foyer

Dimond Wood Valley Mini Table Lamp // Silver Leaf Driftwood Table Lamp // Dimond Frost HGTV2 Table Lamp

If your entryway is not large enough to accommodate a table, consider illuminating the area with the help of wall sconces. They can be placed on either side of the front door, or can be used on a wall to cast light on artwork to highlight it!

traditional entry Lighting Ideas for the Foyer


Here are some wall sconce options to think about:

wall sconces for foyer Lighting Ideas for the Foyer

Feiss Oxidized Silver Leaf Argento Sconce // Hudson Valley Somerset Wall Sconce // Sonneman Teardrop Sconce

How about integrating an exciting pop of whimsy with a chandelier or pendant lamp in the entry? One of these fixtures would be sure to wash a welcoming glow into the foyer, while adding interest to the space. If you have high ceilings in your entry, a large chandelier could be integrated. But don’t count yourself out just because your ceilings aren’t tall; a flush mounted fixture or a chandelier shorter in length can also work to create visual interest in the area.

contemporary entry Lighting Ideas for the Foyer

Contemporary Entry by San Francisco Architects & Designers Andre Rothblatt Architecture

Each of these fixtures would be sure to make a statement as guests step into the foyer:

chandeliers for foyer Lighting Ideas for the Foyer

Feiss Corinthian Bronze Kinsey Single Tier Chandelier // Maxim Notre Dame Single Tier Chandelier // Landmark Lighting Hartford Chandelier


These are just a few ideas for how to illuminate your foyer. How are you lighting your front entryway?