Hallway flooring ideas – to help choose practical flooring, from tiles to wooden laminate

Flooring sets the scene, so it is a very important starting point for your hallway design

Hallways are the most well trodden path in any home, so regardless of whether you have a small or a large space that doubles as a separate room in it's own right, it is worthwhile taking your time to consider flooring options.

It makes sense to go for something hardwearing, that is easy to clean and maintain and will stand the test of time no matter how many times you change the decor. Flooring sets the scene, so it is a very important starting point for your hallway design.

Hallway flooring ideas for all homes

First of all consider the age and style of your property. Traditional materials such as wood and tiles are ideal choices for a period home, while polished concrete or painted floors are better suited to more contemporary properties. Flagstones and old bricks look lovely in quaint country cottages, but for a more upmarket elegant feel a black and white chequerboard tile design is the perfect choice in a classic townhouse.

The colour of your choice of flooring is also important dependant on the size of your hallway. Dark polished wooden floors or deep red terracotta tiles will make a small hall appear smaller, while stripped lighter wood or neutral coloured tiles will help to enhance the feeling of space when combined with a white or cream decorating scheme.

Bear in mind that there are lots of different materials to choose from, so if you have set your heart on a wooden floor but need something that is easier to keep clean there are porcelain tiles available that mimic the effect of wooden planks in a variety of colours and finishes.

1. Lighten the hall with limestone

hallway with limestone tiled flooring and white walls

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Keep a hallway light and airy with a neutral colour stone flooring. 'Natural stone flooring can be one of the most forgiving floor coverings if the right stone and finish are chosen' advises Isabel Fernandez, Director at Quorn Stone (opens in new tab).

'Naturally some stones will be denser than others which provides more durability, however all natural stone will be subject to a little wear and tear over the years. A tumbled finish provides an aged look, its worn edges, textured surface and natural markings makes it extremely forgiving with day to day dirt.'

With a light coloured stone you can any dirt, so it's easy to keep on top of keeping it clean.

2. Choose hardwearing carpet

hallway with white walls and carpet flooring

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Don't be fooled into thinking carpet is not suitable for a busy hallway space, it's all about choosing the right design to suit. Jodie Hatton, a Residential Designer at Brintons, explains, 'carpet is a fantastic option for high traffic areas like hallways and stairways, due to its ability to withstand natural wear and tear.'

'The type of carpet that is preferred is down to personal taste and the usage of that particular room, but cut pile woven carpets are the most hardwearing.'

Ask your carpet provider for the most suitable styles and designs to suit the high traffic area. And we recommend rugs and door mats to add a layer of protection from muddy boots and shoes.

3. Add patterned carpet to distract from dirt

hallway with striped carpet

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Still not convinced how practical carpets are for hallways? The carpet experts say adding pattern will help to make the material even more suitable by cleverly distracting from any possible dirt and dust.

'Patterns are perfect for high-traffic areas like hallways and staircases, where dust and dirt are repeatedly trodden into the carpet' advises Jodie Hatton, on behalf of Brintons. Explaining, 'We use an Axminster construction for our patterned carpets as this creates superior definition and creates a longer-lasting carpet.'

4. Lay hardwearing laminate

staircase with carpet and black cat

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Malcolm Menzies)

Laminate flooring is ideal for those who want the look of wood but want a more practical option. Plus laminates come in variety of colours, meaning you can tailor the look to suit your hallway colour scheme (opens in new tab) – rather than having to stick to warm wooden tones.

5. Go bold with practical patterned vinyl tiles

hallway with printed tiled flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Georgia Burns)

Vinyl tiles in a graphic pattern look fresh and contemporary, adding instant impact to a landing, corridor or hallway. Available in a wide variety of colour combinations, these practical flooring tiles create an on-trend look with a traditional feel and provide the wow factor before visitors have even taken their coats off.

6. Mix and match materials

hallway with white walls and windows

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Inject texture and pattern to your welcoming space with a tonal patchwork rug over bare floorboards. Replacing a solid dividing wall with windows will allow light to flood into your landing or entrance hall and create a bright and airy feel. The addition of a striped stair runner, meanwhile, will generate a subtle eclectic look.

7. Work with a vinyl laminate

room having carpet on floor and wooden cupboard

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Carolyn Barber)

Opting for a vibrant stripe design ensures a bright welcome and helps to lead the eye to the other rooms in the home. The eye-catching woven vinyl that is shown here adds a practical element for a high-traffic space such as a hallway, landing or corridor and is an easy-care option too.

8. Go for rugged good looks

hallway with wooden chair and staircase

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Adrian Briscoe)

An aged flagstone floor works particularly well when teamed with rustic, tactile pieces and antique furniture. Add a richly coloured stair runner to personalise the space and give it an injection of individuality. Natural wicker baskets and wood tones combine to create a warm and welcoming hallway.

9. Lay parquet for a timeless look

hallway with wooden parquet flooring and white coloured staircase

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This classic wood-black flooring adds smart elegance to traditional or modern settings. Oak is a classic choice for parquet, but dark wood (such as walnut) will add depth, and bamboo is a more eco-friendly option that offers a lighter shade for modern homes.

10. Preserve characterful tiles

white coloured hallway with original victorian tiles

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Robert Sanderson)

Characterful Victorian-style patterned tiles are ideal for both traditional and contemporary homes looking for a floor with personality.

Will you be giving your hall a revamp with these hallway flooring ideas?