There are some areas of the house that are often forgotten. The entrance and the corridor are among these. They are passageways, where we stop a moment and to which we pay little attention. These areas, however, contribute positively or negatively to the atmosphere of the rooms in which they lead us.
Move from a well-lighted living room, able to offer a good visual comfort, to a too lit corridor leading to the bedroom, it annoys and impoverishes the atmosphere as a whole. Enter to a house by going through a dark entrance or sadly lit by a single cold ceiling light leaves us a bad impression of the house as well. What you should always try to do is to create continuity between an environment and each other.
Illuminate the entrance and the corridor is not easy: they are often narrow areas, with the ceiling or higher or lower than that of any other room, and just as often have no windows and natural light. That said, there are a number of solutions that can enhance the right way these areas of the house. The basic rule is to not worry about having light points symmetrical to each other and organize the lighting on several levels, using different types of lamps. Using multiple light sources, positioned correctly, it gives us the best results.
In the case in which our entrance or our corridor are long and narrow, we can choose to install a ceiling pendant lamp, better if a bit oversized so will be more original, and always with adjustable light with a dimmer, to avoid the glare. To this can be added the ceiling spotlights oriented to the pictures and finally, at 20 cm from the floor, more points of light that direct the light toward the floor. The large central lamp and the combined action of ceiling spotlights and those towards the floor will correct height and amplitude perception of space. Finally, illuminate an object or an architectural detail present outside the corridor or entry will give the right depth perception.
If our entrance or our corridor have low ceilings, we will have to proceed differently. Excluding the use of ceiling suspension and wall lights for lack of space, an optimal solution will be to arrange the small recesses or vertical openings where insert lamps which project cones of light from the bottom upwards or vice versa, creating a great scenic effect, without any clutter. Alternatively, the combination of spotlights placed at 20 cm from the floor and ceiling spotlights, installed in lateral position towards a wall, will also contribute to the perception of the right proportions.
In the presence of a long corridor, typical of houses built during the seventies, which serves as both incoming and liaison between the various rooms, the best way to light it is to break it up into “zones”, to be treated in a different way. In this case, an idea would be to scan the space into three parts and illuminate the first part of the corridor only with lights inserted in the lower part of the wall; in the second part to use of ceiling spotlights pointed at the paintings, supplemented by a soft light encased in a recessed compartment ceiling (easily accomplished with the plasterboard or wood); in the third and last part use of floor spotlights designed to highlight the wall and its finish.
When the entrance or the corridor is wide enough to contain some element of furniture like a console table, a chair or a small bench, I suggest you supplement the existing lighting with a beautiful table lamp or floor lamp which will give more personality the space and will be an opportunity to recall the furnishings of the rest of the house, for color, style and materials used.