17 Stunning, Easy-To-Install Entryway Lighting Fixtures

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These beautiful entryway lighting fixtures will greet visitors and set the tone for the rest of your home. There’s one for every budget and style here!

I’ll admit it. It’s super easy to gloss over entryway lighting. For many of us, we are running in the door and don’t stop to think about the lighting situation in the entryway at all.

Until now, that is! I have been seriously impressed by some of the entryway lights I’ve seen lately, and am here to share them with you all. I have basically made it my personal mission to get you excited about the humble entryway light!

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The Foyer Pendant Lighting I Chose

I’ve been working hard to replace all of the light fixtures in my home that I don’t really like or that bother me the most. I think that because I didn’t take the time to replace the lighting when we moved into our last home, I’m making a priority on the front end now.

I lived for way too long in my old house with ugly lighting. And I regretted not changing them out sooner. It also helps that my husband has gotten really good at changing them, so that helps, too!

When I was looking for something for my new foyer, I wanted something with some curves. There are so many straight lines in this part of my home, that I thought a round entryway chandelier would be my favorite.

But the round chandelier I fell in love with was almost $2,000 and NOT in my price range. Womp. Womp.

As a refresher, this is what was hanging in the foyer when we moved in. I know so many people that love this style, but it wasn’t my taste. (My girls have requested to hang it in their closet. 💗)

Entry way in new house with brown hardwood floors.

So, I set on a search for a compromise that I still loved…

The lantern foyer lighting I chose had the open, modern lines of the previous light fixture I had in my old house, but also had those curved lines at the top. 😍 #swoon

curvy lantern pendant lighting

I love everything about it! The gilded gold finish, the curves, the lack of glass (less cleaning ) and the 4 candelabra lights so that it’s nice and bright! I’m so glad I found something I love in my budget.

And if you’re in the market for a new foyer light fixture, keep reading!\

How to Choose An Entryway Light? and FAQ’s

Finding the right light for your foyer can often seem overwhelming or complicated. Unlike other rooms in your home, you are likely working with a small entryway space that has high-traffic.

It’s not hard to see how the entry way can become overlooked and ignored. However, this is a space that you can have a little bit of fun with and give some personality.

Here are a few tips to help you begin to narrow down your options:

  • Hang your fixture in the center of the room. This means it should be center to the width of the foyer as well as the length.
  • Make sure the bottom of your entryway light at least seven feet off the ground. A tall friend coming to visit will thank you!
  • You’ll need to consider your lightbulbs as well. A smaller foyer can easily get away with diffused softer lighting while a large space needs more brightness.

What is the Best Lighting for a 2-story Foyer?

If you have two stories that open to the foyer, the standard design practice is to hang the fixture so that the bottom is level with the second story.

How big should a light fixture be in an entryway?

The light shouldn’t be so large that it extends lower than 7 feet off the ground. I had to choose the small version of the light for my entry way, because otherwise it would have been to tall and people would have bumped their heads on it!

foyer light

The Best Entryway Lighting Fixtures

Now that you have some quick tips for choosing the right entryway light for your home, let’s start shopping! There is truly something for every home on this list as a variety of styles work in the foyer.

Here are some of my favorite entryway lights to consider.

Capiz Pendant

This pretty Capiz Pendant is such a statement piece! The light is diffused by the hundreds of capiz shell petals that make up the exterior, and it casts the prettiest shadows on the wall. Honestly, you can put this one anywhere in your home (like in the bedroom pictured below!) but I like it for the entry area.

If you have an entryway with a lower ceiling height, you can still get this look by purchasing the Capiz flush mount light.

I love these pretty Capiz lights in any home that’s going for that coastal vibe!

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Manor Indoor/Outdoor Glass Pendant

If you are looking for something more traditional foyer lighting ideas with cleaner lines with a touch of modern farmhouse, this round glass pendant is worth looking at. I particularly love the combination of dark bronze and glass, but you can also grab this entryway light in white or nickel.

The round chandeliers are perfect for breaking up a foyer with a lot of straight lines!

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Drum Pendant

I mentioned this above, but the entryway sets the tone for the rest of your home. That includes the entryway ceiling lighting! I have been eyeing this woven drum pendant for quite a while—I think this would be perfect for those who have beachy or traditional style in their home.

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Modern Contemporary 4-light Lantern Chandelier

Do you and your significant other disagree a teeny, tiny bit on home decor and style? If so, this entryway pendant can be the perfect compromise for you both.

This pendant light combines transitional curves and modern straight lines, and is very similar to the light I chose! It’s even made of two different colored materials!

Whitewashed Wood Draped Beaded Chandelier

In case you haven’t noticed, beaded chandeliers like this one are super on-trend right now. However, I think they look classic enough to stand the test of time, so you won’t have to worry about replacing it a few years from now.

I particularly love the texture this light has—there are more than 1,000 whitewashed beads in this beautiful foyer chandelier. It’s perfect for a coastal, beach vibe!

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Kentfield Pendant

This traditional pendant looks beautiful over this dining room, of course. But I could see this one hung in the entryway of a home just as easily. There’s no glass panes in this light, so it feels a bit more modern and airy than some of the other options. (Also, no glass means less to clean!)

Plus, I love the finish on this large pendant. It’s made with a gilded finish instead of the typical brass or painted gold. The details make a big difference here. I actually chose a similar lantern light fixture for my own entryway in the last house!

Gold pendant light with candlestick lightbulbs over a round white table.
via Serena & Lily

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There you have it! Aren’t these entryway lights gorgeous? Trust me, you’ll take notice of the lighting every time you walk into a new home now.

Which one is your favorite? I’d love to hear in the comments!

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  1. I love your style! My entryway is very similar to yours. Facing the front door where your mirrored closets are is my dining room and to the left is my living room. The entries to the LR & DR are are arched. I’m trying to find mat’l to go around the archways??? Suggestions? I have a 1/2 moon table where your table is and across from it are the stairs going up.

  2. Wonderful idea and choices. I Our problem is we have 3 lights in our foyer and not evenly spaced, there’s 1 in the first tray and then 2 that are closer together in the second tray and it’s very confusing as to what to do. The builder is placing a chandelier in the first and just recessed lighting in the other 2. Can you help, will greatly appreciate it :))

    1. Hi Sonia! It sounds like you’ve come up with a good solution with your builder. My only other suggestion would be to maybe remove the two can lights, mud over them once they are removed and just add the chandelier? I love a lamp in an entry way anyway and depending on the size of the space, 3 lights might be too much? Just some thoughts! xo, Laura

  3. Hello, where did you find the one in the top left of the first collage of images, with “gorgeous round lantern”? Thanks!

  4. So many fantastic options! We, too, have been working our way through our house replacing light fixtures. We have purchased a new entryway fixture that is somewhat similar to yours, but more rustic looking. Now, we are trying to figure out who we can hire to install it into an 18 foot ceiling… Wish us luck! LOVE the one you chose!

    1. Oh yes, those high ceilings are tricky. We haven’t had to deal with those, but would definitely have to hire it out! Good luck, Amy!!

  5. Loved your post! Can you please give us a link for the one you chose? ie, this one “The lantern foyer lighting I chose had the open, modern lines of the previous light fixture I had in my old house, but also had those curved lines at the top.”

    Thank you!

      1. I tried this link to look at this light. Can you tell me what site it’s from! It’s beautiful!

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