It's the question that never fails to spark fierce discussions amongst interior designers and homeowners alike – how do we make small hallways look bigger? Certain colors, wallpaper, and even flooring may create the illusion of space, but now experts have suggested that the key may lay in one important furnishing – a chandelier.
Yes, when looking for new hallway ideas, the figures at the very top of the interior world suggest looking towards a chandelier. The furnishing creates an illusion of space and injects an unrivaled ambiance into the setting. No matter the size.
So, the time has come to delve into the elegant world of the most luxurious furnishing of them all because first impressions count, after all.
How do chandeliers make a small hallway look bigger?
Don't be afraid to opt for a statement chandelier in smaller spaces,' states Jane Rockett, Co-founder at Rockett St George (opens in new tab). 'Chandeliers come in a range of sizes but opting for a bigger, bolder design not only adds more light to the space but also helps establish a central focal point and sense of grandeur in smaller hallways and entrances.'
Antique specialist and Founder of Renaissance London (opens in new tab), Owen Pacey, also encourages us to experiment with a chandelier in small hallways to ensure it has a 'serious wow-factor' that steals your guest's attention.
'A great way to level up your hallway is with a grand, statement chandelier, whether that's an ornate, rococo-style, gilt piece or a contemporary sputnik globe,' he suggests.
How to style a chandelier in a small hallway
Curate the lighting levels with a dimmer
While using the chandelier as a large source of light and a striking focal point instantly improves the feel of a small space, Jane suggests accentuating the lighting's indisputable power 'Make sure you fit a dimmer so that the central chandelier twinkles and sparkles, rather than dazzles and glares.'
Pair the chandelier with a large wall mirror
The only thing better than one chandelier is two chandeliers, by pairing the light fixture with a mirror you can enjoy the glory of two fittings in one quick move.
'A trick for small hallway spaces is to combine your chandelier with a beautiful wall mirror,' says Jane. 'The addition of a mirror reflects light back into the room to create the feeling of extra space, and the trick of the reflection reveals the luxe illusion of two chandeliers instead of one.'
Don't be scared to go bold with an oversized fitting
See: 8 best wood beaded chandeliers: embellished beauties, big on boho style
Owen Pacey also urges us not to shy away from introducing a statement chandelier in our small hallways and suggests styling the light 'in proportion to the area'
'In smaller hallways, you can create a real impact by using an oversized chandelier, or perhaps a flush-style ceiling lamp where ceilings are lower.'
Is this the ultimate small hallway tip? We're willing to invest in an abundance of chandeliers to test this theory out – and we hope everybody will follow our cue.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc’s homes titles, including Livingetc and Homes & Gardens. As a News Writer, she often focuses on micro-trends, wellbeing, celebrity-focused pieces, and everything IKEA.
Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and expansive collection of houseplants.
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