Whether you’re stepping up, rushing down or brooding over the perfect comeback for an underhanded compliment, taking the stairs often means your mind is somewhere else. But as every designer knows, good lighting in the stairway looks stunning and ensures everyone passing through will make it up or down safely.
Bring the stairwell back into focus with lighting showrooms’ best online tips and tricks for how designers can make a just-passing-through space really shine.
Stairwell lighting on the wall
“Sconces are a popular hallway lighting choice for illuminating stairs. They should be evenly spaced on the wall and can provide either up and down lighting, or both. If you are pairing a hanging fixture with a sconce, make sure they match.”
Stairwell lighting on the steps
“Sometimes a contemporary or modern stairway can be especially difficult to navigate. Ebony treads, curved steps, unusually wide treads, they may be an art form but they can also be a bit scary for some people. Layering the light makes that art form of a stairway beautiful and comfortable to use. Consider lighting every step with LED lights that differentiate each step. Or consider using flush, wall-mounted, low voltage lighting near the surface of every third or fourth step.”
These LED step lights from Kichler Lighting provide ample illumination positioned on every third step.
Stairwell lighting on the ceiling
“Stairs should be lighted from top to bottom to prevent accidents with switches at both ends for convenience. If hall and foyer fixtures do not illuminate the entire stairway, you can install a chain-hung or close-to-ceiling fixture above the top step.”
Fixtures like Champagne Bubbles from Sonneman add a little extra light and a lot of unique style to otherwise dim stairwells.
Designers, what are your stairwell lighting hang-ups? Share with us in the comments!