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Staircase Lighting

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Lighting is very often left as the last priority on the list of things to do. This is of course, always after the more expensive and larger elements have been considered or paid for. This a mistake that many home owners make, as we forget in our budgeting process that lighting creates mood, ambience and feeling. It can change the room from stark and boring, to warm and inviting with just the flick of a switch. In the instance of staircases, it is important that they are illuminated correctly, as it can become a huge health and safety risk to leave them dark and improperly lit.

From Below

This staircase is functional and visually stunning all at the same time. Practical for storing book, trinkets or holiday memorabilia, you can be sure you are maximising the use of available space in a modern and contemporary take on the more common under the stair closet. In this example, the designer has cleverly put the light underneath the steps, this means the user can always see where they are walking and avoid a potentially hazardous situation. And of course, you can only imagine how incredible this would look at night…

Subtle Moods

 Corridor & hallway by ADIBOIS

Limon central


As mentioned earlier, lighting is pivotal to create mood and ambience. If you want to add a bit of spice and pizzazz to your space. Lighting in red from below highlights the design of the staircase and adds mystery and sensuality to the room. The colour is also in complete contrast to the rest of the room, yet still balances nicely against the yellow toned walls and brown steps.

Simple & Effective

LED lights placed into the walls is definitely a practical, functional and optically attractive way to light your staircase. Most commonly implemented in the construction and building stage of your home, your steps to the level above almost twinkle like little stars.

Maximum Impact

This staircase lighting arrangement is really something else; it's like a scene out of a movie. Encompassing both illumination, ambience and style, this view is definitely not for faint hearts. You must be truly daring and want to incorporate a bold and show-stopping scenery and light show into your home. Your guests will be truly wow'ed!

Au Naturale

One cannot go past natural lighting for their staircase. As far as views are concerned, this setting is unbeatable; you have this amazing scenery in your line of sight as you climb between the levels. Understandably, floor to ceiling glass can be a costly venture and is not for everyone or every budget.

For more exciting staircase ideas see ’Spiral staircase designs and Lighting your home’.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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