Do you have a small hallway? The hallway is often one of the most neglected spaces in our homes, a dumping ground for shoes, coats, post, keys and all the other general paraphernalia that you grab at the last minute as you are leaving the house. Yet, as the first space that guests see when they enter your home it is worth spending the time and effort to ensure your hallway has instant wow factor.
In a small hallway it is best to stick to a neutral colour scheme on walls and floors to enhance the feeling of light and space, then inject colour with artwork, flowers and decorative ornaments. Hardwearing flooring is a good idea as the hallway is such a high traffic area, so wood and stone are practical choices, then simply add a mat or rug for people to wipe their feet on. Painted walls are a popular option in the hallway as they are easier to touch up if the walls get scuffed and marked, but hallway wallpaper is making a comeback so pick a subtle pattern that will add interest without being overwhelming.
Positioning a mirror on one wall is a good trick as it will bounce the light around and help make the space feel larger. It’s also useful as it means you can check your appearance one last time before leaving the house.
It’s important to clear the clutter, so invest in some practical storage solutions such as a seat with built-in storage, a console table with handy drawers, boxes or baskets, and of course a hanging rail or pegs for the coats and hats. There is a wide range of choices available from modern streamlined furniture to antique trunks, so whatever style you are looking for, you are bound to find something to cater for your needs.
Have extra space under your staircase? Make the most of it with a pretty wall stencil. Turn it into a reading corner by adding a transparent chair and lights for the perfect cosy space.
Stenciled leaves running up and down the wall add a pretty touch and draw your attention along the hallway. Find similar stencils at The Stencil Library.
A console table is a handy place to store keys, and other items of household paraphernalia.
Find the playful ducks from The Duck Company.
Floating shelves keep a hallway neat and clutter-free, which will make it feel more spacious – it also adds personality to a plain wall.
For similar shelves, try IKEA.
A sturdy trunk, or a seat with built-in storage, serves as a great place to stash shoes and umbrellas, and also provides a place to perch when taking off your footwear.
Find a similar wooden bench with storage at Argos. Decorate it with pretty cushions and fabric for a relaxing, country look.
Add a classic white console table to your hallway and antique-style ornate mirror for a chic, feminine dressing room feel. It’s a great place to store smaller items that you’re otherwise rushing around to find in the morning!
Try Sweetpea & Willow for a similar console table.
Display beautiful antique furniture proudly in your hallway as an eye-catching feature that serves as practical storage, too. Dark furniture set against a brilliant white wall is an interesting contrast.
Pick up similar antique, vintage and retro furniture at The Old Cinema.
Choose light flooring to add a sense of spaciousness to even the smallest of hallways. Stone tiles are enjoying a huge revival on walls and floors, and the hallway is the ideal space in which to go to town with rustic designs.
Find similar stone tiles at Topps Tiles.
Hallways don’t have to be dull and boring – add some artwork and streamlined furniture for a modern and interesting room. We love these water hyacinth storage baskets, perfect for storing everything from keys to gloves!
Tuck a small, low-level bench into an empty spot in the hallway so that children will have somewhere to sit while they pull on boots and shoes. Choose a bench with open space underneath so they can slip their boots under easily – and leave the floor nice and tidy.
Decorate in a cool, coastal colour palette in a small hallway to create a sense of space. Paper the wall in a broad horizontal stripe, which will trick the eye and make the space appear wider than it really is. Add finishing touches to your room with Not On The High Street.
Keep scarves and gloves hidden out of sight by storing them in fabric bags hung on a hallway peg rail. Drawstring fabric bags are simple to make out of leftover remnants of fabric and coloured ribbons.
Wooden peg rail
Not on the High Street
Make use of an empty understairs space by squeezing in some extra storage. Choose a console table with drawers if you need a space for paperwork, or if it’s children’s toys that you want to organise, go for a design that has open space for baskets.
Utilise otherwise wasted understairs space with built-in cubbyholes. Ask a carpenter to custom-make the storage to fit the space exactly. With a sloping ceiling, the cubbyholes will have different heights – the lower ones are perfect for younger members of the family to use.
Similar storage bench
Great Little Trading Company
Fix up a row of hooks with photos of the kids above each one, so everyone has a place in the hallway to hang up their belongings when they come in.
Similar coat hooks
The Other Duckling
Super cool and contemporary, a transparent glass banister will open up your hallway and make it feel bigger and brighter. Just make sure you get a decent glass polish!
Make use of the space underneath the hallway stairs and create a super-efficient storage zone, by using a dedicated cupboard with shelving for hiding away shoes and bags. Pop a pretty chair in the corner for an elegant finishing touch.
Make your hallway feel like a room rather than a passage-way by placing furniture in empty spots and filling the walls with antique-style frames, hooks and hats for a much-loved vintage feel. All it needs now is a classic coat stand.
Not on the High Street
Paint the hallway white and create a smart gallery feel with plenty of favourite snaps and frames adorning the walls. A dark grey carpet to contrast against crisp white walls is always a strong look.
Long, slim hallways tend to be hard to work with as furniture is difficult to squeeze in and they can feel dark and closed-in. The best solution is to keep walls light and fill them with interesting prints and coat hooks. The one shown here can also hold umbrellas.
Small hallways don’t have to be boring, as proved by this colour-popping entrance. Use quirky wallpaper and eye-catching paint shades to give your hall the attention it deserves… after all, it is the first room you see!
Use your hallway to unleash your creativity. Nautical-inspired style is perfect for the summer months or if you’re simply after a coastal vibe at home. Pop a bench and shelf on one wall and stick up an on-trend map for added colour and character. Finish the look with a cute wooden boat and pretty pictures.
A bench is great for when you’re putting on shoes, while the space underneath provides a tidy spot to keep shoes. Hang hooks in the hallway so each family member has a place to store their coats, bags and scarves.
Try Newgate Clocks from Mollie and Fred.
A collection of unusual mirrors grouped on a white wall creates an interesting and quirky hallway feature wall.
The hallway is a treasure trove of global-inspired knick-knacks – the Provence-meets-the-Orient look is very effective here. Add character and vibrancy through a patterned rug, plenty of fresh foliage and fun botanical prints.
Let the original features of a period hallway take centre stage by offsetting elegant encaustic tiles and a stained glass front door panel with simple white painted walls and bannister.
Display beautiful antique furniture proudly in your hallway as an eye-catching feature that serves as practical storage for wine bottles, too. A rustic console table and antique candelabras create a medieval aura. Mix and match shabby accessories for a look that is both eclectic and chic.
Similar console table
The Old Cinema
Add wow factor to a hallway by opting for smart panelling to create a classic Georgian style. Update the look by painting in a modern chalky pastel.
Wood and cream walls plus draped curtains combine to make a warm hallway. Dark furniture set against a neutral wall is an interesting contrast.
Similar console table
Filling a hallway space with colourful accessories can make it appear smaller and cluttered. Instead, decorate your home in a monochrome palette of black and white for a look that is both contemporary and stylish.
Graham & Brown
Try tones of white and silver for an elegant look. In this hallway, a simple sprayed wreath, glass baubles and white accessories blend with the painted panelling, allowing the original encaustic flooring to stand out.
The folding table and neutral flooring give this hallway a vintage-inspired look, while the framed pictures add personality. A barrel, used as an umbrella stand, is a quirky touch.
Similar umbrella stand
Which of these spaces would you love to come home to?