If you’re looking for ideas to transform a workaday hallway into a space with personality, take a few minutes to look through this gallery of inspirational pictures. Whether your style is sober and restrained or weird and wacky, you should find something to fire your imagination.
Your hallway is the space that welcomes you home after a busy day, the last place you see before you leave the house and the first thing your friends and family encounter when they come to visit. So take the time to decorate it with care rather than treating it as a dumping ground for coats, boots and unopened post.
The essentials are probably a table or chair, a place to hang up coats and brollies, perhaps a mirror, if you’ve got room. Apart from that, you can be brave with your scheme, bold colours work well in small spaces as do daring wallpapers or wall art. A focal point such as a collection of pictures or accessories displayed on a wall can work well, or consider an oversized clock which is useful as well as striking.
If you love a certain style, use that as inspiration for the decoration. Country-lovers can use rustic baskets for storage, cover walls with panelling or position a print of a rural scene on the wall. Modernistas can play it cool and choose a few stylish accessories to complete the look, while fans of vintage could invest in a traditional coat stand and a recycled console table or sideboard. Whatever you choose, decorate your hallway to say ‘welcome to my home!’
Wall stickers and decals are a great way to add character at a minimal cost. Eradicate the need for a real clock with this unusual, oversized design.
A collection of unusual mirrors grouped on to a wall creates an interesting, impressive and unique display. This one has the look of a honeycomb.
Nature lovers rejoice! Digitally printed scenes are a modern alternative to wallpaper. Although murals can sometimes be costly, they have the ability to completely rejuvenate a scheme. Here, this woodland themed design provides a pretty country look in the hallway.
Cheap and readily available, paint is a great way to spruce up a dull hallway. Here, a palette of cobalt blue, deep plum and little hits of turquoise, violet and chartreuse really make this space sing. Oversized picture frames containing dreamy watercolour artwork give the space a cool and tranquil feel.
Ever thought to hang your furniture on wall pegs? Us neither. But this could well and truly change your mind. With its pared-back looks, this quirky design feature is sure to get the guests talking. Musical chairs, anyone?
Wooden carver chair
John Lewis of Hungerford
If you’re looking for extra seating when entertaining, it doesn’t get simpler than the humble floor cushion. Circular-knit pouffes provide stylish seating in this hallway. When not in use they can be stowed away in colourful stacks and they’ll look just as striking.