The foyer is the first thing that guests see when they enter a house. Whether the ceilings are 8 feet high or 3 stories high, a light has the power to define the space. Here are some tips on choosing the right light fixture for an entryway.
- Hang the light fixture no less than 7 feet from the bottom of the fixture to the floor to ensure that no person bumps into it.
- Leave at least one full foot of space between the bottom of the fixture to the top of the door frame for clearance when the door opens.
- Make sure that the widest part of the fixture is at least 4 feet away from any surrounding wall.
- When determining the height of the fixture itself, factor 2” to 3” of height for each foot of ceiling height (ex. 10’ ceilings call for a 20”-30” tall fixture).
Tip: When the foyer is two stories high, hang the fixture so that it is level with the second story.