Hallways are the most well trodden path in any home, so regardless of whether you have a small hallway or a large vestibule that doubles as a separate room in it’s own right, it is worthwhile taking your time to consider your flooring options. It makes sense to go for something hardwearing, that is easy to clean and maintain and will stand the test of time no matter how many times you change the decor, so if you are looking for inspiration check out our pick of the 10 best ideas.
First of all consider the age and style of your property. Traditional materials such as wood and tiles are ideal choices for a period home, while polished concrete or painted floors are better suited to more contemporary properties. Flagstones and old bricks look lovely in quaint country cottages, but for a more upmarket elegant feel a black and white chequerboard tile design is the perfect choice in a classic townhouse.
The colour of your choice of flooring is also important dependant on the size of your hallway. Dark polished wooden floors or deep red terracotta tiles will make a small hall appear smaller, while stripped lighter wood or neutral coloured tiles will help to enhance the feeling of space when combined with a white or cream decorating scheme.
Bear in mind that there are lots of different materials to choose from, so if you have set your heart on a wooden floor but need something that is easier to keep clean there are porcelain tiles available that mimic the effect of wooden planks in a variety of colours and finishes.
Complement a rich and luxurious colour scheme, such as this exotic plum feature wall, with dark wooden floors. A deep, polished glow adds a touch of glamour to a traditional hallway and pairs well with black gloss furniture.
Add a touch of the Mediterranean to your hallway with warm and inviting terracotta tiles. Team with country-style furniture and neutral walls for a cosy rustic look.
Classic black and white chequered floors will never go out of style. This look works incredibly well in all sizes of hallway, from narrow rooms to large entrance halls, like this French-inspired hallway with chaise longue.
Distressed painted floorboards add a subtle wash of colour in large, airy hallways. When paired with planters and wooden furniture, this pale green colour gives the room a conservatory-like feel.
Make a statement with your floorboards and turn them into the main feature of the room using bold colours. Staining boards different shades of blue creates a fun, vibrant feel in this narrow, small hallway.
Opt for a chic, industrial look with polished concrete. Super-durable and hard wearing, this glossy finish looks great paired with statement art or mirrors, and with walls kept clean and neutral.
Subtle wall art and a vintage bench complement this rugged red brick flooring, which holds heat for hours – great if you opt for an underfloor heating system.
Make a style statement in your hallway by mixing the finishes of flooring in different areas. We love the mix of original boards, painted steps and wallpaper-covered stair risers in this modern hallway.
Develop a Scandinavian feel in your hall – complement light, airy spaces with pale blond parquet flooring. Slightly more unusual than floorboards, a parquet floor looks refreshingly modern in a clean, white room.
Develop a Scandinavian feel in your hall – complement light, airy spaces with traditional parquet flooring. Slightly more unusual than floorboards, a parquet floor looks refreshingly modern in a clean, white space.
Verner Panton at Vitra
Classic black and white chequered floors will never go out of style. This look works incredibly well in all sizes of hallway, from narrow rooms to large entrance halls, like this modern monochrome hallway with contrasting furniture.
Dark flooring can provide a neat contrast to white walls. A deep, polished glow adds a touch of glamour to this modern hallway and works well with streamlined furniture. The ingenious staircase has been designed to function as a bookshelf as well.
Hardwearing yet easy on the eye, neutral stone tiles look stylish and will wear well in a busy family home.
George Nelson for Herman Miller
Wall art and a large ethnic rug complement this hardwearing flagstone flooring, which holds heat for hours – great if you opt for an underfloor heating system.
If you’re lucky enough to own a characterful period home, do it justice by laying encaustic floor tiles. These decorative designs were made for traditional hallways but, if your budget can’t quite stretch to a large space, try tiling your porch instead.
Similar Victorian encaustic floor tiles
Want a timeless, hardwearing and stylish flooring option? Then choose real wood, such as this gorgeous pale blonde design. It gets better with age and looks fab when teamed with a dramatic feature wall.
Use flooring to define a zone in a spacious hallway. Here, dark wood flooring is paired with white stone tiles. The hallway overlooks the garden where an Indian bench invites you to sit and take in the view.
Add a touch of charm to your hallway by playing with colour and styles. When mixing eras, choose something to unify the look. Here jewel blue colours blend classic designer furniture with Victorian-style floor tiles.
Create impact in the hallway with contemporary patterns and bold accents of colour against delicate greys and whites.
A reclaimed stone tile floor will create a rustic look in the hallway that can be combined with modern or country-style furniture and accessories.
Similar stone tiles
A neutral scheme allows decorative encaustic floor tiles to stand out in this hallway.
Similar encaustic tiles
A runner does not need to stop at the bottom of the stairs; allow it to continue on into the hallway for a cohesive look.
Binding a dark, practical hallway stair runner in an accent colour from the scheme ties this look together.
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Vinyl floor tiles are a stylish and practical choice for a hallway.
An aged flagstone floor works particularly well when teamed with rustic, tactile pieces and antique furniture. Add a richly coloured stair runner to personalise the space and give it an injection of individuality. Natural wicker baskets and wood tones combine to create a warm and welcoming hallway.
The geometric trend shows no signs of waning so create your own design-led hallway with a big hit of colour and pattern. A patterned carpet used as a wall covering makes for an unusual, high-impact statement. Choose furniture and accessories in tonal shades for a cohesive look.
Opting for a vibrant stripe design ensures a bright welcome and helps to lead the eye to the other rooms in the home. The eye-catching woven vinyl that is shown here adds a practical element for a high-traffic space such as a hallway, landing or corridor and is an easy-care option too.
Encaustic tiles in a graphic pattern look fresh and contemporary, adding instant impact to a landing, corridor or hallway. Available in a wide variety of colour combinations, these handmade cement flooring tiles create an on-trend look with a handcrafted feel and provide the wow factor before visitors have even taken their coats off.
Inject texture and pattern to your welcoming space with a tonal patchwork rug over bare floorboards. Replacing a solid dividing wall with windows will allow light to flood into your landing or entrance hall and create a bright and airy feel. The addition of a striped stair runner, meanwhile, will generate a subtle eclectic look.
Natural stone is as suited to classic interiors as it is to cutting-edge contemporary style. It evokes a sense of calm and acts as a textural, neutral backdrop for a design scheme. An entrance hall with a dramatic, open staircase is an ideal place to display sculptural stone accessories and furniture.
From leopard spots to paw prints, animal patterns in intense shades create a smart, decorative look. Combine the bold paintwork with a striking patterned rug to keep the feel of the space contemporary. Continue the theme by using faux antlers as convenient entrance hall hooks for coats and hats.
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Similar resin antlers
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For a strong design-led hallway and to give a traditional palette an up-to-date edge, try laying hard-wearing carpet tiles diagonally. Tiles are an ideal choice for high-traffic areas of the home because they can be easily moved or replaced when worn. The umbrella stand is a cute flourish and adds a homely touch to this space.
Powder hues soften graphic schemes, where they translate best as colour-blocked surfaces. Go for a plain vinyl floor covering in a striking tone and add pattern and interest to the walls. Make your hallway scheme complete with eye-catching details such as prints or a radiator painted in a sugary colours.
Plump for reclaimed tile designs to create a sense of faded grandeur and combine different patterns to evoke the exoticism of ancient cultures. Introduce rich textiles in bold patterns and textures for a united Eastern flavour. This is a show-stealing hallway that will capture the attention of visitors and create a real talking point.
Original flagstones are a wonderful period feature in this Cotswold farmhouse, but if you?re buying new flooring, it can be given a distressed finish for a similar appearance. On winter nights, the curtains can be drawn across the door, while in summer the glazed urns are filled with garden blooms. Keep a trug and wellies by the door for flower-snipping trips.
Brighten a hallway with brick floor pamments in a warm terracotta shade. Paint tongue and groove panelling in a contrasting cool pale grey shade then give the whole scheme a lift with throws, scarves and accessories in zingy orange. The tall seagrass basket with leather handles makes a handy log store.
Celebrate the beauty of natural wood in a country hallway fitted with pale wood flooring and a rustic staircase. A faux fur stool with chunky timber legs and a linen-covered chair provide a comfy perch for changing shoes. At Christmas, dress up the banister in festive style with a green garland decorated with silver stars and twinkling lights.
Create a warm and welcoming landscape using hard-wearing sisal flooring as the starting point for a naturalistic hallway scheme, filled with whimsical wildlife. Make a painted bench comfy with cushions. For the cushion covers, go for a quirky country look with fabrics printed with farmyard and woodland creatures, then add a chirpy bird curtain to keep out the chill. The stag head coat hook takes care of scarves and jackets.
One of the smartest finishes for a country hallway, black and white chequerboard flooring always looks fresh and appealing, especially when finished with a terracotta border. As a contrast, paint the staircase in grey then paste the stair risers with a selection of wallpaper offcuts in a profusion of pastel shades and patterns. Complete the scheme by painting walls in a restful pale grey.
In a neutral hallway, the texture of this bobble rug stands out all the more against the cool stone flooring. Slide a non-slip underlay beneath the rug to prevent mishaps. Painted panelled walls are a perfect backdrop for an elegant console table. Here, the table has been topped with a pair of colourful candlestick lamps, arranged symmetrically to highlight a flowery print.
Brighten up a hallway floor with a mix of patterns. If you?re looking to restore an Edwardian or Victorian house, geometric floor tiles are ideal. Set the scene by alternating pattern blocks and adding a contrast border. Top with a rustic red runner and complete the hall with a Scandi-style settle, red throws and chunky knit cushions.
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A quick and economical way to a brighter hallway is to paint floorboards in an off white or silvery grey finish ? easier and safer to apply than real limewash. If you?re ordering a new floor, both wood and wood-effect flooring come in limed effects. Butter-yellow wallpaper livens up this understair wall while a pipework coat rack and wire storage basket provides storage.
Take advantage of a large hallway to show off the warm tones of a solid wood floor, completing it with an oil or wax finish. Here, the floor has been teamed with a plaited rush mat for warmth underfoot. The storage seat with wicker baskets and a wicker fishing creel basket pick up on the rustic feel created by the exposed brick wall. The dovecote adds the perfect country-style finishing touch.
Open the hallway door to a bright and airy space, laying country-style limestone flooring in large slabs and topping with a colourful plastic mat, woven in a cheerful lavender floral pattern. To keep the look cool, paint wall panelling off-white. A curvy white hat stand makes the space practical, while the blowsy door curtain and flowery suitcases add a sense of fun.