How To Style Indoor Wall Lights

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Why Wall Lights?

Indoor wall lights are the ideal way to add extra lighting to a room with little floor space, create a desired atmosphere in a room, or even just as decorative pieces. They can be both stylish and functional. We have some of the key points to help you choose the perfect wall lights below.

Modern silver curved indoor wall light on a cream lounge wallModern silver curved indoor wall light on a cream lounge wall

'Wall lights are the ideal way to add extra lighting to a room with little floor space to create a desired atmosphere.'

Purpose.

If you are just looking to add some ambient lighting to a room or hallway, opt for a wall light with a translucent shade, this will diffuse the light evenly throughout the area. Using an indoor wall light with a coloured or clear glass shade would be an ideal option for this kind of lighting. Wall lights can also be used for task lighting, so if you are looking to use a wall light for your favourite reading spot then opt for a light that offers more of a direct spotlight effect. If you are after accent lighting to highlight a particular feature or illuminate a darker corner in your home, then you will need a light that is stronger than the rooms ambient lighting to really make the area pop.
Wall lights are also a great alternative for bedside table lamps if you do not want to take up too much space on your bedside table, a pair of wall lights above the bed will do the job!

Opt for twin modern wall lights with glass translucent shadesOpt for twin modern wall lights with glass translucent shades

'Matching wall lights with your interior is not just limited to matching the shade.'

How Many?

Consider the space you are trying to brighten. If you are looking to add some wall lights to a hallway for example, you may need to opt for 2 or more lights, but also consider the other sources of light in the area, including natural light.

A modern grey wall light above a rustic dining tableA modern grey wall light above a rustic dining table

Match with your interior.

Matching indoor wall lights with your interior is not just limited to matching the shade. There is much more to it, from adjustable wall lights to torchiere style and even 2-way or 3-way light. There is often a range of materials and finishes to choose from, the various styles of wall lights available allow you to match your interior perfectly. For industrial interiors wall lights with an exposed bulb and pipework design would be ideal. Matching your wall lights to your main pendant lights in the room will make the room flow or matching the wall lights in one room to a pendant light in another room will bring some consistency throughout your home. If your interior style is more of a minimalist style use the wall lights to bring a touch of colour to the space using stained glass shades that will also help disperse the light.

Positioning.

The general rule of thumb for the height of a wall light, is to have the top of the shade around eyelevel. This way you avoid glare from the bulb, so generally speaking around 5 -5.5ft above ground level is ideal. However, this is purely a guideline as ceiling height can vary, it is best to adjust this accordingly. When using wall lights as task lighting, the best positioning for these lights would be whichever height gives the most focus on the area. For example, picture lights will always be placed just above the painting or picture you wish to draw attention to. If you are using wall lights in your bathroom, placing one either side of your bathroom mirror will give a flattering, even and glare-free light. When using multiple wall lights for an area these are best placed around 8-10ft apart, again this is a general rule of thumb and will largely depend on the size of the area you are using them in. If you’re using wall lights as accent lighting to highlight a particular area or simply your favourite display item on a shelf or cabinet, placing this lighting significantly lower than eye level will not only help illuminate the item but will also help draw more attention to the desired area.

A multi-coloured wall with a black chrome geometric wall lightA multi-coloured wall with a black chrome geometric wall light