Your hallway is the first impression people get of your home, so it is worth making it a vibrant and welcoming space that reflects both your character and the style of the rest of the house. Even the smallest of spaces can be transformed with a lick of bright paint, a high-impact storage unit, or a colourful carpet, so take a look at our ideas on how to make an unforgettable first impression.
Start with a welcoming colour. In small spaces it is best to choose a white or neutral shade to enhance the feeling of space, then layer on a few dazzling accessories. Grey is a popular choice in home decor at the moment and a soft shade is a great option for a hallway, adding a sophisticated feel when teamed with crisp white woodwork, or mix it up by opting for a two-toned paint effect for a modern take on the dado rail.
If you want to experiment with brighter shades for real wow factor, try painting the doors leading off your hallway to add interest and bold pops of colour in an all white scheme. And don’t forget the effect beautifully-designed hallway wallpaper can have in an entrance hall.
Hardwearing hallway flooring is essential in this high-traffic area and a carpet or stair runner in a bright colour or bold pattern is a great way to add impact. A bold striped runner on the stairs helps to draw the eye up and into the space and can create a fun contemporary feel that packs a punch. Paint the surrounding stairs and banisters a contrasting colour so it doesn’t overwhelm the space.
Practical storage is a must, so if you have the space, put up shelves or add a useful but striking console table or unusual chest of drawers laden with a high-impact lamp or sculptural artwork.
A coat rack and shoe rail are also handy additions in a hall to stop the clutter building up, but choosing an interesting design can also liven up your scheme and leave your guests with an unforgettable first impression of your home.
Because of the transient nature and smaller size of a hallway, it is often used as an experimental space when decorating. Layer up wall decorations for an unusual hallway feature. Select a motif from your wallpaper and top with a larger version, such as this fabulous oversize butterfly.
The bright modern hallway has a wood and glass staircase, with an illuminated fish tank adding a quirky touch. It is the perfect example of how to successfully combine and contrast two different styles – the traditional rocking chair adds character to an otherwise minimal, contemporary space.
Similar rocking chair
This hallway’s mix of vintage pieces, architectural lines and geometric flooring adds up to a modern take on Chanel’s Parisian apartment. Choosing a chequerboard floor in four different tones puts a contemporary spin on a classic look and acts as a striking backdrop to the rest of the scheme.
This contemporary hallway features a glass driftwood table, pieces of coral and an octopus print for a quirky take on the beach look. But the star feature is the foliage wall – the ultimate way to bring the outside in. A living wall filled with real plants is tricky to maintain, especially indoors, so if you’re short on time, go for faux foliage instead.
Re-create a dado effect in paint. Take the design all the way around the room, doors included, for extra impact. It’s a thoroughly modern take on an traditional Victorian feature. A brass stool and pendant help break up this cool blue scheme, while a subtly patterned geometric rug grounds the look.
Decorative etched-glass panels in the door and Victorian-style encaustic tiles create a timeless look in this welcoming hallway. Both beautiful and hardwearing, stone is a worthwhile investment and an ideal choice for high-traffic hallway floors. A whimsical contemporary cuckoo clock brings the look up to date and cleverly mirrors the pattern on the door panel.
The distressed look is at its most impactful when it occupies multiple surfaces in a space. An abstract blue curtain and a plaster bust create a striking display in this modern hallway. The marble and polished steel console table adds interest alongside white porcelain vases with black hand-painted details.
Don’t be afraid to go bold in the hallway. Dark colours, such as deep blue, are perfect for the hardworking entrance area in your home. A simple white trestle table looks super-sharp in this hallway, set against a colourful triangle-print wallpaper. Accessorise with ornaments featuring contrasting shapes to complete the geometric look.
With its fresh painted panelling, peg rail and cup handle drawers this country-style hallway provides a master class in pared-back style. White-washed exposed bricks add a rustic-meets-industrial vibe, while the updated carver chair puts a contemporary spin on proceedings, especially when hung from the pegs.
Choose striking artwork to add interest to your hallway. Here, graphic prints bring these white walls to life and provide a quirky traditional counterfoil to an otherwise contemporary scheme. The floating console table looks both smart and industrial, while the green picture frames and gold table lamp add an artistic feel.
The first footstep is the most important. Ensure your entrance says it all by going for a bold pattern, in a classic colourway.
Flooring Topps Tiles
Statement art always stops guests in their tracks.
Painting Harland Miller at White Cube
Dark moody colours are an instant mood shifter in a windowless space. Keep things sexy without going too cheap by avoiding the bolder reds and opting instead for a rich teal.
Paint colour Inchyra Blue Farrow and Ball
Nothing like a few doodles on your hall wall to give first footers a pleasant surprise.
Illustrated wall Charlotte Mann