Ever notice how a warm smile can instantly make you feel welcome? Your entryway light can do the same for your home! It’s the first thing guests see, setting the tone for their visit. This article will give you top tips for choosing the perfect entryway light, transforming your entryway into a space that feels inviting and bright for everyone who walks through the door.

The Carson Entryway Light

Size Matters – Finding the Right Scale for Your Space

Just like wearing a shirt that’s too big or too small, a light fixture that’s the wrong size can throw off the whole look of your entryway. Here’s how to find the perfect fit:

Spacious Entryway: Let your imagination soar! You can make a grand statement with a chandelier or a large pendant light. Think of it as the jewelry for your entryway!

Cozy Entryway: Don’t feel left out! Scale down to sconces on either side of the door, a flush-mounted ceiling light, or even a stylish table lamp on a console table. These options will add warmth and brightness without overwhelming the space.

Tall Entryway: Feeling regal? Highlight those high ceilings with a dramatic hanging pendant light or a floor lamp reaching towards the top.

Pro Tip: A good rule of thumb is to choose a light fixture that’s roughly proportional to the size of your entryway door. This will create a balanced and visually pleasing effect.

Setting the Mood – Warm or Cool Light?

Light temperature plays a big role in creating the atmosphere you want in your entryway. Here’s a breakdown to help you choose:

Warm White (2700K-3000K): This soft, yellowish glow is perfect for creating a cozy and inviting feel. It’s ideal for entryways where you want guests to feel relaxed and welcome, like a mudroom or a space with exposed brick.

The Hawthorne Matte Black Light

Cool White (4000K-5000K): This crisp, bright light is great for functionality. It helps you see clearly when searching for keys or putting on shoes. This light temperature works well in entryways that are small and need a boost of brightness or hallways leading to other rooms.

Daylight (5000K and above): This option mimics natural daylight and provides excellent visibility. It can be a good choice for entryways with limited natural light or those used for tasks like sorting mail.

Pro Tip: Dimmable lights are the ultimate crowd-pleasers! They allow you to adjust the light temperature and brightness depending on the occasion. Want a warm and welcoming glow for an evening gathering? Dim the lights. Need a burst of brightness to find your keys in the morning rush? Crank them up!


Layer Up! Lighting for Different Needs

A single light source might not be enough for your entryway, especially if it’s a larger space or has different functional areas. Layering your lighting with a combination of fixtures creates a more inviting and functional space. Here are some ideas:

Ambient Lighting: This is your main source of light, providing overall illumination. It could be a ceiling fixture, chandelier, or even recessed lighting in the ceiling.

Task Lighting: Do you need extra brightness for specific tasks like checking your reflection in a mirror or searching for misplaced keys? Add a table lamp on a console table, sconces flanking the door, or under-cabinet lighting if you have a built-in bench.

the rose bowl Entryway Light

Accent Lighting: This is all about highlighting specific features or creating a decorative touch. String lights above a coat rack add a whimsical touch, while a well-placed spotlight can draw attention to a piece of art or a cherished family photo.

Pro Tip: One of the design trends that is getting lots of press in recent years is layering multiple fixtures in one area of a house. For the entryway, try pairing a pendant light with a smaller wall sconce next to the entrance. This adds character and additional light to welcome guests! Our picks would be a Malibu for the pendant light, paired with our smaller Hawthorne wall sconce.


Style Speaks Volumes – Choosing a Fixture that Matches Your Decor

Your entryway light should complement your home’s overall style, setting the tone for what guests can expect inside. Here are some ideas to get you inspired:

Modern Minimalist: Opt for clean lines and geometric shapes. Pendant lights in a single, bold color can make a statement. And the Manhattan light is a prime example.

The Manhattan

Traditional Charm: Embrace warmth and elegance with classic gooseneck sconces on either side of the door, a chandelier with crystal accents, or a lantern-style pendant light.

The Hollywood Bowl Galvanized Light

Rustic Chic: Introduce natural elements with brass barn lights that induce pleasant nostalgia.

Mid-Century Modern: Channel the 1950s with a fixture that’s a cross between modern and mid-century (think the Highland Park) or a bowl-like pendant light in matte black.

6. The Malibu fixture

Pro Tip: Dare to mix and match styles! A modern pendant light can add a touch of unexpected flair to a traditional entryway, while a rustic table lamp can bring warmth to a minimalist space.

The Finishing Touches – Bulbs and Beyond

The final details can make all the difference! Here’s how to elevate your entryway lighting:

Choosing the Right Bulb: Don’t underestimate the power of the bulb! Consider using decorative filament bulbs for a vintage touch. Try smart bulbs that allow you to control the light temperature and color with your phone for ultimate convenience. Get LED bulbs while at it. They are energy-efficient, last longer, and come in a variety of light temperatures to match your chosen mood.

Adding Dimmer Switches: As mentioned earlier, dimmers are a game-changer. They allow you to adjust the mood and functionality of your entryway lighting throughout the day.

Accessorize with Style: Don’t downplay the finishing touches! A beautiful shade on a table lamp, a decorative plate under a wall sconce, or even a string of fairy lights draped across a mirror can add personality and pizazz.

Welcome the Light

We hope this article helps bring your unique design style to your threshold. We trust you can now welcome your family and friends into your home by designing a unique entryway with the perfect fixtures. If you have any questions about choosing the right fixture or color, please feel free to reach out to us! We’re here to help!