One of the most important finishing touches for any space is the lighting. Both the style of the light fixture and the kind of light it casts are of equal importance. When it comes to staircase lighting, you have a variety of options to capture the look and feel that you are looking for.
Perhaps the most popular option is choosing a chandelier or hanging fixture. This is the simplest and can create a stunning impact, especially if the staircase is merged with a foyer. However, a hanging fixture doesn’t suit every staircase. Some are more confined, so hanging fixtures can create a less-than-desirable glow.
Some great staircase lighting alternatives are built into the stairs themselves or inserted into the walls. This is a much more subtle approach to lighting, but the results can be beautiful and minimalist. It’s perfect for a more modern space.
Here are 10 examples of staircase lighting to inspire you for a variety of different spaces.
A long, narrow fixture plays off the shapes in this space beautifully, even mimicking the lines of the architecture.
Source: House Beautiful
A Louis Poulsen fixture stuns in this simple staircase, casting beautiful light fragments on the white walls.
Source: My Domaine
These globes bring a very whimsical, modern edge to this otherwise feminine staircase. It’s a great juxtaposition to create a unique visual interest.
Source: House & Garden via PopSugar
This light fixture is eye-catching whether it’s turned on or off. I love the light it casts on the walls and ceiling, creating a new pattern against the grasscloth.
Pretty globes mimic the look of bubbles cascading down this gorgeous stairwell.
One large shade has a grand effect in this coastal staircase.
Source: Coastal Living
Little lights that look like portholes tie perfectly into the nautical feel of this staircase in a subtle way.
Source: Maine Home + Design via Completely Coastal
Lights hidden under the stair risers give this staircase an atmospheric glow.
Square lights embedded in the wall are very minimalist and cast a clean light along this staircase.
Sconces are a very stylish way to light your staircase and adorn it with some accents.
I hope these spaces inspired you with some of the many ways you can transform your staircase with lighting.