Make an entrance - cheap and cheerful hallway updates

Give your hallway a refresh with these simple, yet effective updates that can be achieved on a shoestring

Need to give your hallway a new lease of life? From buying a new console table to transforming your space with wallpaper, there are plenty of ways to give your entrance hall a budget-friendly update.

1. Cover up

It may sound like this simple update won't make much of a difference, but trust us it does. A radiator cover is a great place to store useful items (such as keys, etc) or simply somewhere to create a fabulous display.

modern chic hallway

(Image credit: Future PLC/Lu Jeffery)

2. Wonderful walls

Wallpapering your hallway will give your space a new lease of life. Save money by decorating just one wall. Paint the back of the door in a similar paint colour to tie the scheme together. A mix of artwork and accessories will also compliment the look.

white painted floor hallway and wooden sideboard

(Image credit: Future PLC/Lu Jeffery)

3. Perfect display

Create a funky display by showcasing a treasured collection. Hang unusual items on the wall or house them in a wall-mounted shelf. Here, a large box frame painted in a vibrant hue acts as a great background for the display, helping to focus attention on the quirky bird collection.

room with red wall and display textile birds

(Image credit: Future PLC/Lu Jeffery)

4. The right rug

Want to inject a new lease of life into your hallway? A statement rug can add plenty of colour and personality. Here a polka dot rug livens up this traditional hallway scheme. Choose colourful accessories, such as bags, hooks and wellies to complete the look.

white panelled and polka dot hallway

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jon Day)

5. Console creations

Buying the perfect console table can be costly, but look out for cheap versions that you can transform by upcycling. Think outside the box, too. A small desk or chest of drawers can work just as well in an entrance hall. Try stencilling your furniture for a totally unique look.

floral hallway with chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Tim Young)