You don’t need tons of space to make an impact in a hallway, which is a good thing for most of us. Generously sized hallways are a dream for many, a small lobby area or tight run of stairs is all we have to play with, but it’s still the first thing you and your guests see once through the front door, so if you want to make a striking first impression, be brave and devise an imaginative, dare we say, downright weird decorating scheme that really packs a punch.
First of all, have a look at what space you’ve got to play with and make a wishlist of the key things you really need. A small console table for post and keys is a good idea, and you will almost definitely need storage of some kind. If space is tight, this is best kept up high and down low. Invest in some good looking hooks for coats and bags on the walls. Wall-mounted boxes painted in a bright colour or two where you display some treasured accessories will help the space feel less practical and more welcoming. Add some low level baskets and boxes for shoes, dog leads and umbrellas.
A striking print wallpaper is a fast and easy way to warm up a cool clinical hallway or you could go for a vivid paint colour to add life to a workaday floor or use on skirtings and dado rails. If you really want to push the boat out check out some of the ideas here, a fishtank would make an impact for sure.
Bright colours are having a bit of a decor revival and animal accents, such as animal print and deer antlers, are super-cool right now. If you want an on-trend hallway, this is it.
We love this quirky wallpaper printed with retro travel stickers. The matt grey painted doorframe and natural wooden coat hook ensure this hallway doesn’t look too busy but provides ample storage and interest to boot.
An eclectic, modern, Moroccan-inspired hallway that’s welcoming and interesting. Keep accent colours bright and background colours and textures more neutral.
Wow! If you love lilac, you’ll love a hallway like this. The huge opulent mirror makes a chic and unique style statement, but is balanced out by the white standard lamp and plain bench.
Can’t decide which you love best, purple or pink? Have both! This half-and-half hallway is easy to do yourself and on a small budget. The chair could be covered with two off-cuts of fabric; the table is two different tables sandwiched together, and the purple wall panel takes just a small pot of paint.
Old school opulence meets surrealism. The unusual gold head vase is a great conversation piece, as is the horned mirror, tropical leaf lights and mirror cabinet.
Bright and colourful, hexagonal box shelves provide unusual hallway storage, and really stand out decorated with bright colours. The hanger wall sticker helps the shelves to appear even more 3D.
A large fishtank can add a unique touch of colour and movement to your hallway. It divides the space and also creates a sense of space and light because of the glass.
This might not be as bizare as you first think. Generally, hallways are very small but can be useful storage spaces. So, why not store your extra chairs there. Hanging them up gives you more floor space – as well as adding a quirky feature.
Teamed with cobalt blue walls and white fretwork, this hallway will cheer you up whether it’s winter or summer. Plus, it’s a simple idea that you can do yourself with off-cuts of fretwork and any bright colour: pink, orange, green or even black would look great.
Inspired by our weird and wonderful hallways? Or perhaps you’re thinking about a new kitchen? Or living room? Whatever you’ve got planned for your next decorating project, we’ve got expert DIY advice and great picture galleries to help.