Why Lighting Matters in Hotels and How To Get It Right With Lampshades

Most of us have been to hotels and BnBs where everything seems perfect. Until the sun goes down, that is! Once evening falls, the same spaces that made us feel relaxed can seem gloomy and unproductive.

The culprit? It’s usually the lighting. While unthoughtful lighting can make guests unhappy, the right lighting can do just the opposite.

Any good designer or hotelier will tell you the right lighting can make or break a space. Proper lighting isn't just about functionality. It's also about creating an ambiance that sets the tone and creates a welcoming and chic atmosphere for guests and an efficient work environment for employees.

At Lux, we are at the forefront of lighting trends and passionate in our belief that great lighting can elevate spaces. In this blog post, we will share our thoughts on why lighting matters in hotels and give you a few tips on getting it right.

How Lighting Makes a Difference in Hotels

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Lighting Helps Inspire & Sustain a Mood

Every detail counts when providing a memorable guest experience. So, while hotel decor, color scheme, and furnishings are important, lighting in hotels also plays a crucial role in creating an ambiance that sets the stage for a positive and memorable guest experience.

Take, for example, our empire woven paper lamp shade. This shade is perfect for creating a cozy atmosphere, thanks to its low and warm lighting that softly envelops the space. The woven paper material adds a touch of sophistication to the shade and softens the light for a more welcoming and inviting glow. Use it in your lounge, restaurant, or spa to create an ambiance that guests love.

To inspire a dynamic atmosphere in your hotel, our hardback drum lamp shade comes in various vibrant colors that add the perfect splash of pigment to your space. Bright and bold, this shade is ideal for bars or other areas where you want to create an energetic and fun atmosphere.

Proper Lighting Enables Efficiency

Lighting in hotels can significantly impact not only your guest experience, but employee productivity and operations too. Properly illuminating work areas such as reception desks and host stands can reduce eye strain and enhance visibility, helping your staff perform tasks more efficiently.

Our gathered ikat silk empire lampshade’s striking pattern makes a bold statement. Its flared bottom and tapered top create the perfect task lighting, directing most of the light downwards. Top the shade on lamps in guest rooms and the front desk to create a welcoming and inviting atmosphere.

But don't stop there! If you want to create a cozy reading nook in your hotel with efficient lighting, check out these lampshades we recommend for hotel reading nooks. Adding the perfect lampshade to your hotel's reading areas creates a cozy, inviting space guests will adore.

For stairwells and corridors, our scalloped string chandelier lamp shades are the perfect solution for maximum visibility. These shades provide optimal illumination while adding a touch of elegance to your space. By properly lighting these areas, you can ensure guests and staff can move around safely and confidently.

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Lighting Highlights Hotel Focal Points

One way to enhance your hotel's decor is through lighting techniques that draw the eye to architectural features and design elements. Techniques like uplighting and downlighting create dramatic spills of light and shadow, adding texture and dimension to focal points that enhance the guest experience with style and visual interest.

For instance, our black paper with gold interior shield shade is perfect for directing light upward on sconces, creating depth and dimension that highlights sculptures, columns, plants, and hotel signage. Additionally, for accentuating seating areas, conference rooms, and your hotel’s outdoor areas, our bullet oiled rubbed bronze pendant is ideal for downlighting, creating a focused, downward-facing spill of light to make spaces feel warm and inviting

Lighting Shows Your Hotel’s Personality

Lighting in hotels plays a critical role in shaping personality and brand identity. It can help create a unique atmosphere that reflects the hotel's style and character, facilitating an experience that encourages repeat stays.

However, if the lighting does not match the hotel's intended persona, it can cause confusion. For example, a luxurious hotel with harsh fluorescent lighting in its lobby could create a disconnect between the intended chic style and guests' perception of the space. By selecting the right lighting fixtures and using them to enhance design elements, you can create a welcoming and memorable guest experience that reflects your brand's identity.

To reinforce your hotel's sleek and modern style, check out our oriental pagoda lampshade, available in multiple sizes and two colors. For a more fun and vibrant look, try our empire hardback shade made with Spoonflower Belgian linen. And if you prefer an elegant style, our linen rectangle lampshade is a perfect choice.

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Impress Hotel Guests With Perfect Lighting & Chic Lampshades from Lux!

Proper lighting in hotels is essential for creating an unforgettable guest experience. At Lux, we offer a wide range of stylish and modern lampshades that cater to different tastes and design preferences. Elevate your hotel's ambiance and take your guest experience to the next level with our exceptional collection. Explore your possibilities and discover how easy it is to transform your hotel with Lux lampshades!