Experts reveal the one furnishing that will instantly make a small hallway feel bigger

The secret to a spacious hallway is speedy, simple, and oh so stylish

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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?  

Small hallway lighting tip

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Don't be afraid to opt for a statement chandelier in smaller spaces,' states Jane Rockett, Co-founder at Rockett St George. '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, 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

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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.'

Small hallway lighting tip

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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 

Small hallway lighting tip

(Image credit: Owen Pacey home, photography by Graham Atkins Hughes)

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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 Slack

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team.

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 whilst 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.

Megan currently lives in London, where she relocated from her hometown in Yorkshire. In her home, she experiments with interior design trends and draws inspiration from the home decor ideas she observes in her everyday work life. Her favorite pieces include her antique typewriter and her expansive collection of houseplants. When she isn’t writing, she is browsing London’s coffee shops and bookstores to add to her ever-growing library, taking over the open shelving in her apartment.