Design Decisions, Lighting

How to Choose an Entryway Light Fixture

entryway light fixture

Room Sources: Table | Mirror | Bowl | Pendant Light

Lighting is one of the most important elements for defining the overall look of your home’s interior. And one of the most important areas to consider when choosing lights is the foyer or entryway. The light fixture in the entryway is usually one of the first things people will notice when they enter your home, and in some cases, it can be seen from the outside. So needless to say, an entryway light fixture is something you want to make sure you get right!

As we were choosing our lighting, the entryway was one of the first ones we started searching for. In this home, the foyer was a little different from our last, which made a huge difference in what chose. Several factors played a role in determining this light fixture.

We ended up choosing the perfect pendant light from Savoy House. We went with the Townsend 17 inch Cage Pendant in matte black.

As you’ve probably noticed, we used lots of matte black to tie into the interior black windows. But we are also huge fans of mixing metals. So you will notice other materials used throughout our home also. One of those being brass!

Consider Your Style

A huge thing to consider before choosing an entryway light is your style. Is your style more farmhouse, modern, contemporary, coastal, or even mid-century?

There are many light choices out there, so narrowing it down to at least a style is a great place to start. Sticking with the style you love will help you to make sure you love your lighting and will also create a more cohesive look throughout your house. I do agree that each room can have it’s own look and feel, but I think you still need to stick with one overall style to make sure it doesn’t look out of place.

Townsend 17 inch Cage Pendant by Savoy House

Choosing your style will help you choose the type of fixture, but it may even help narrow down the material you would like. A farmhouse look may be more black metals and woods. This isn’t always the case but it is true most of the time. Narrowing down the material/color can quickly eliminate some choices and make the process easier.

Determine the Size of the Area

After figuring out what style you want to go with, determining the size of the area is also very important. What does this mean? Well, knowing your ceiling height plays a huge part in this. If you have vaulted ceilings or ceilings that are above fourteen feet, you will want to go with a larger fixture. Using a small light in an area with super tall ceilings will look out of proportion. On the other end, if you don’t have tall ceilings, you may want to choose something smaller.

The entryway in our previous home was two stories in which we used a pretty big round light fixture. As you can see from the picture, it just filled the space the way it needed to. For our new home, we went with a seventeen-inch fixture that I think looks very proportional to the 10-foot ceilings. I wanted the light to be a focal point but also not be too dramatic.

foyer light

Another question is how high to hang your chandelier or light fixture. I answered this question in a blog article I wrote a few weeks ago and it should be very helpful.

Function and Illumination

I know we are always focused on looks, but it is still important to keep in mind how much light the fixture will be putting off. For a larger space, you will want more bulbs for extra illumination, especially for a two story entryway. Even in a smaller area, you want to make sure it will light the entire area enough.

If you feel like the light fixture you chose will not be enough lighting, you may want to explore extra lighting options. Adding in recessed lighting or even some wall sconces may be a good idea. Another option in which many people opt for is to add lamps to the entryway area. This also adds an element of coziness, which I love.

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  • Reply Heidi

    Did let hardware affect your decision on what light fixture to put in? I just bought a home and all the fixtures are silver. I’d like to do black, but I don’t want to overflow the house black. I noticed you have brass and black fixtures, with occasional chrome/steel.

    April 24, 2020 at 3:33 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Not really. I personally don’t think you can have too much black when it comes to fixtures and hardware. And if you want to mix in some other metals to break it up, you can do that. There’s really no rules. Just choose stylish fixtures. ๐Ÿ™‚

      April 25, 2020 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Molly

    Hi! Your style is amazing! In love with your entryway and kitchen lighting. Could you please share the link for those? Thanks so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 8, 2020 at 10:41 pm
  • Reply Dawn

    If you use a matte black round mirror in the entryway should you stick with matte black light fixture? Also, should you continue the matte black lighting through the great room?

    December 24, 2020 at 2:43 pm
  • Reply Cheri

    Where can I find your door hardware if you donโ€™t mind sharing. Thanks!

    February 7, 2021 at 11:46 pm
    • Reply Henry

      It’s from Emtek.

      February 8, 2021 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply AK

    We are thinking of using the same savoy house townsend medium lantern in a 10 foyer area to make a row of 4 lanterns (long foyer about 23 feet). I have been debating if the lanter is simply too large for the space.

    Just so confused. Don’t want to spend all this money and then it be too large for the space. Can I get some advice? I noticed you used a very short chain on your pendant. Would you still have done that on a row of lanterns in the foyer or would you have gone with a smaller fixture?

    Also considering the visual comfort thomas obrien hicks pendants instead. Would that be a better option for the row of lights look in the foyer?

    May 7, 2021 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply AK

    Meant to say, our foyer area has 10 ft ceiling. 23 feet long and 8 ft wide.

    May 7, 2021 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Alex Patel

    Hi! Love yalls style. I’ve got 10 ft ceiling by 8 ft width in a foyer area that is 23 ft long. I was thinking of doing 5 of these lanterns spaced out evenly. Do you think that they will be too large for the space?

    May 8, 2021 at 12:30 pm
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