When planning your new staircase, many elements need to come together to create the ideal look. This includes everything from the materials used to the design’s individual style, such as cantilever stairs. However, it’s also important to consider how other home features influence the look and feel of your staircase, including any lighting installed.

Here’s everything you need to know about staircase lighting.

Understanding staircase lighting with DDC LondonWhy is staircase lighting important?

Many people don’t realise the impact of lighting in a room. Poorly lit spaces can look dated and unwelcoming, so it’s worth careful consideration if you’re redesigning your stairs. It’s one of the best ways to enhance both the practicality and aesthetics of the space, complementing a staircase’s layout, materials, colours, shapes and detailing.

Lighting becomes part of the design, often transforming the look of surrounding areas, such as hallways and adjoining rooms. For example, if you’ve designed a dramatic looking staircase, lights can help the stairs become even more of a focal point. Think of chandeliers overhanging a beautiful spiral staircase or spotlights accentuating modern stairs

What style of lighting should you choose?

The style of lighting should complement a staircase’s design and size, ensuring any details you’ve added are as eye-catching as possible.

For example, if you’ve opted for a contemporary staircase with open treads, you may want to think about downlights for a minimal look. Or, if you’re trying to create something industrial or stylish, make a statement with trendy exposed drop lights to give the space the wow factor. You could even experiment with different shaped light bulbs to accentuate the staircase layout.

Always think about the tone of lighting you want in the space. Cool and warm light accents create a different ambience while bringing out varying colours and textures of materials such as timber stairs.

How is lighting installed around stairs?

There are lots of options when it comes to the placement of new lighting around a staircase. As well as traditional installations, such as a single light, you could also decide to install ambient lighting. This type of installation draws your attention to a particular feature, especially if installed along the treads, handrail, recessed walls or around artwork. It’s particularly effective if you’d like to draw attention to the shape of the design (e.g. helical stairs), and lights can even be concealed.

Where can you find staircase lighting ideas?

There are lots of different places to source staircase design ideas. Resources providing inspiration include social media platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram, as well as home design magazines. If you book a consultation with an expert staircase designer, you can take some of these ideas along with you to help create your design concept.

Speak to a staircase expert

To design a staircase with the perfect lighting for your home, contact DDC London for a free consultation. We predominantly work across the South East of England, including Barnet and Bedfordshire.

Reach us by calling 020 8004 9635 or sending an email to sales@ddclondon.co.uk.