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Lighting Guide | Halls


Entrance halls, night halls, day halls, stairwells... these areas are used for passing through and rarely for living. The light intensity does not have to be very high, just functional.

But that doesn't mean these spaces should be neglected. Light guides, welcomes, enlarges or shrinks volumes.

It can also make these obligatory passages more enjoyable, even surprising. Depending on the architecture and any openings/views to the outside or living areas, the lighting can be more decorative or more present in the volume.

Light plays a welcoming, guiding role, and can bring a touch of originality to these passage areas.


The entrance hall

The entrance hall is the place of welcome, the first impression when you enter a house, the moment of discovery. It's the moment when you enter your own home, your own universe.

So you add your own personal touch, a touch of originality, you set the tone, you create a living space in its own right.

An original floor lamp, an illuminated work of art, indirect lighting to guide you, a very bright or rather intimate atmosphere...

A glazed entrance hall? A beautiful pendant or floor lamp, visible from the outside, will create a real statement!


The staircases

There are several ways of illuminating a stairwell, whether it is open or closed to the architecture. The most challenging part is to make sure that the steps are clearly distinguishable from one another.


  • General lighting from two or three wall lights along the length of the staircase. Choose space-saving models so as not to obstruct passageways, with a diffused and/or indirect effect. More graphic lighting effects are also possible.

  • General lighting with a large pendant, or even a chandelier (possibility of a "contemporary" composition) if the staircase is open to the hallway or living room, or smaller decorative pendants if the space is enclosed.

  • Linear lighting integrated into the handrail. Ideal for uniform step illumination, a cozy atmosphere (no upward lighting), and convenience for nighttime use.

  • Specific lighting for the steps with small wall sconces (recessed or semi-recessed) placed every two or three steps. This also creates a soft evening ambiance, but attention must be paid to light distribution (avoid creating shadows from one step to another), installation (multiple light points), and visual comfort (avoid glare during ascent).

The night hall

Creating a more intimate and refined ambiance, guiding the way towards the bedrooms and primary bathroom spaces. The lighting will adopt a minimalist and functional approach, prioritizing visual comfort, especially during nighttime navigation. Incorporating dimming options and lower intensity settings could enhance the experience further.

  • Indirect lighting could span the entire length, accentuating the architectural features and evoking a sense of zenithal illumination.
  • Subtle recessed spotlights positioned near cupboards, doors, or a focal point such as artwork.
  • Integrating recessed wall fixtures at floor level or elegant wall sconces, seamlessly extending the staircase's lighting design for a harmonious feel.

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