10 Landing Lighting Ideas for the top of the Stairs

a pendant landing lighting idea in an oak frame home
(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

If you're stuck when it comes to landing lighting ideas, you won't be the only one. Landings present a bit of a challenge when it comes to lighting design, for several reasons:

  • Upstairs hallways can be narrow, and any lighting needs to not hinder you from using the space. 
  • Unless you have high ceilings or arrange your lighting cleverly, pendant lights may get in the way on a landing. 
  • Landings often lack sources of natural light, especially in narrow period homes, so artificial lighting is even more important for these areas. 
Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title Livingetc.com and former digital editor of homebuilding.co.uk. He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.