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 we 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 Size and Amount of Space You Have

When it comes to choosing an entryway light fixture, size and amount of space are two important factors to consider. Depending on the size of your entryway, you’ll want to choose a light fixture that is appropriately sized. If you have a small entryway, a smaller light fixture will suffice. However, if you have a large entryway, you’ll want to choose a larger light fixture in order to achieve proper lighting.

Additionally, the amount of space you have in your entryway will also dictate the type of light fixture you can choose. If you have limited space, a flush-mount or semi-flush-mount light fixture would be your best bet. However, if you have plenty of space, you can opt for a chandelier or pendant light. By taking size and amount of space into consideration when choosing an entryway light fixture, you can be sure to choose the best possible option for your home.

Townsend 17-inch Cage Pendant by Savoy House

Make Sure The Light Fixture Is Proportional

Choosing the right light fixture for your entryway can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of your home. A small entryway can be easily overwhelmed by a large chandelier, while a grand foyer may seem too sterile with a small wall sconce. To get the proportions just right, take into account the size of your entryway and the ceiling height.

For example, a large entryway with high ceilings could benefit from a dramatic floor-to-ceiling lantern, while a smaller space might be better suited for a sleek, minimalist pendant light. With so many options available, it’s easy to find a light fixture that will complement your entryway and provide the perfect welcome for family and guests.

Decide What Type of Style

Deciding on the style of light fixture for your entryway can be a daunting task. There are a few things you’ll want to take into consideration such as the overall style of your home, the size of the entryway, and how much light you’ll need. A chandelier is a classic choice that can add a touch of elegance to any entryway.

If you have a small space, however, a flush-mount light or wall sconce may be a better option. For a more modern look, consider a pendant light or track lighting. Whatever style you choose, make sure it coordinates with the other fixtures in your home and provides enough light to safely enter and exit your home.

foyer light

After you have selected the perfect light for your entryway, you may want to do some research on how high to hang the entryway light. This will be especially important if you choose a pendant or chandelier. I have also linked some of our favorite entryway lights below. One of our favorite places to shop for interior lighting is Shades of Light. You will see that most of the ones I have included below are from this store.

Our Favorite Foyer Lights

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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
  • Reply Peter

    Where can I find the wagon wheel chandelier?

    August 21, 2022 at 12:45 pm
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