Great lighting at the front of your house not only provides a warm welcome for guests, but will also ensure that you can see to put your key in the lock. Here are our top front door lighting ideas to ensure that you create the right impression and improve your curb appeal.
Light travels and long way at night especially in the country so do use lighting selectively. Darkness can also be used to great effect to conceal any less attractive areas. A big don’t is to avoid security lights which are glary and will wash the space with too much harsh light.
A lantern either side of the door creates a welcoming effect or add a hanging lantern if there is a porch. Whichever solution, these lighting elements are best dimmed and combined with some other concealed architectural lighting features such as 1w Lucca uplights to the door surrounds or lighting of steps.
In a more contemporary scheme, a good solution is to use a more architectural up/downlight. For a more dramatic look if you have planting either side of the door, combine this with an element of backlighting which will throw the panting into silhouette. Here we used Torino uplights to achieve the effect.
For a townhouse, adding an element of uplight around the door create a welcoming effect. Here four 1w Luccas provide the uplighting effect combined with Oslo External fittings washing light across the floor. This uplighting effect is then continued across to the front window.
For a country house, if you have a porch, add Waterspring downlights in the soffit to wash light down the front door. Combine this with an element of uplight such as adding 1w spiked Kew spotlights to planting to create a more interesting look.
Consider how the whole front of the house will look as you drive in. Here the porch is again downlit with Waterspring downlights but has the addition of Kensington spiked spotlights which uplight the two fern trees and the facade of the building.
In an age of energy efficiency, a whole new range of exterior lights from John Cullen from 1w to 8w means we do not have to feel so guilty about our front door lighting. Let us help you create the ideal front door lighting with our Lighting Design Service.