15 design ideas for modern hallways

Once your hallway's new look is finalised, add the finishing touches with these stylish design ideas for hallways

Staircase with carpet runner and gallery wall
(Image credit: Katie Lee)

Whether you like the idea of a minimalist inspired hallway with a space-enhancing colour scheme and light, airy feel or want to make a statement with a bold modern wallpaper, there's something to suit all styles with our hallway design ideas.

If you want to completely revamp your hallway before you start decorating, have a read of our guide to designing a hallway before you get started. 

1. Stick to neutrals for a space-enhancing colour scheme

Create the illusion of a bright, airy space if you are designing a small hallway by sticking to a neutral colour scheme. Maximise natural light with white walls, a large mirror and furniture that (almost) blends in to the rest of the scheme if you like the idea of a  spacious, minimalist inspired hallway. Find more tips to lighten a dark hallway in our dedicated feature.

Find the best grey hallway design ideas for an on trend look – and see all our hallway paint colour schemes for a wider choice.

white scheme hallway with large front door and use of natural light

(Image credit: Malcolm Menzies)

2. Pick a large repeat print for a maximalist hallway

Pattern matching with an adjacent room is a design option worth considering if you're looking to make a statement in your hallway. If you like the idea of an on-trend maximalist look, combine brightly coloured, patterned wallpaper (we love these beautiful botanical wallpapers) with a hallway rug, lampshade and soft furnishings that are equally eye-catching. 

The trick to success is ensuring that, no matter how large the repeats patterns, the tones remain similar to keep a relaxed feel. If you need any more tips check out these 10 ways to mix patterns and prints. Find more inspiration for the big, bold maximalism trend, too.

palm leaves wallpaper in hallway

3. Add depth to your hallway with contrasting colours

If you want to add depth and interest to a hallway, consider interspersing dark shades amongst a lighter scheme. If you're worried about a dark colour overwhelming a narrow space, couple with a row of pendant or spotlights to create the illusion of a longer and lighter space. A deep sage green or grey are on-trend options that would work nicely.

We love this combination of the shades Cool Arbour, Grey Moss and Wood Ash, all from Little Greene. Find the best washable paints for hallways in our buyer's guide.

grey and white toned minimalist hallway

(Image credit: Little Greene)

4. Inject colour with an accent feature

If you like the idea of experimenting with bright colours but can't commit to an entire hallway, consider incorporating a happiness-inducing shade into your space with a bold accent feature. This might be a stylish runner, a colourful console table or just painted risers. 

Find inspiration and all you need to know about painting stairs in our guide.

Painted stairs by Little Greene

(Image credit: Little Greene)

5. Choose vintage wallpaper for a period feel

Vintage-inspired wallpapers are a timeless addition to a period hallway, particularly where natural light is in abundance. Perhaps surprisingly, intricate repeat-patterns can lead to a slightly more subtle finish than a larger print. 

If you want more advice on choosing a patterned wallpaper for your hallway, or any room in your house, have a read of our guide to choosing patterned wallpaper.

Hallway with orange wallpaper and black bannisters by Little Greene

(Image credit: Little Greene)

6. Choose a stylish geometric floor for a contemporary feel

If you want to create a stylish, contemporary feel to your hallway, consider investing in on-trend geometric floor tiles. This clever design creates the illusion of space and complements an otherwise neutral colour scheme. Combine with Mid-century furniture if you don't want your hallway to feel overwhelmingly modern.

Find out how to choose the best hallway flooring in our practical guide.

geometric print floor in hallway with white stiarcase

(Image credit: Lifestyle Floors)

7. Prioritise storage solutions

If the priority for your space is maximising functional hallway storage solutions, find options that are visually appealing as well as practical. A stylish hallway bench with shoe storage or an aesthetic coat stand are great examples. Style with house plants, artwork and a stylish runner. 

Ikea shoe racks, benches and coat hooks in a hallway


(Image credit: Ikea)

8. Create a unique look with bold patchwork tiles

Hardwearing and low-maintenance, tiles are the perfect solution for homes with heavy footfall. A patchwork tiled floor works equally effectively in contemporary homes as it does in period properties, particularly if paired with a cohesive colour scheme. To recreate this look, choose a mis-matching combination of encaustic designs with a modern twist.

Find similar designs at Domus Tiles.

personalise with pattern

9. Create a focal point with striking lighting

If you're blessed with high ceilings, create a striking focal point and add height to a room with stand-out hallway light fittings. If your style is more traditional, consider opting for a glass chandelier. However, the same effect will be achieved with something more contemporary – see more hallway lighting ideas.

large hallway with dark wall and statement lighting by nedgis

(Image credit: Nedgis)

10. Consider colour blocking for an on-trend hallway

Colour blocking is one of those on-trend paint ideas for a hallway that works effectively even in small spaces, elevating them from an often forgotten space to a spot that's unique and inviting. The key is not to be afraid of bold shades, but to choose tones that can compete equally. We love this combination of bright greens and the occasional pop of red.  

Colour blocking in a hallway

(Image credit: B&Q)

11. Don't forget the inside of your front door

We are all very focused on the colour of our front doors, but don't neglect what it looks like on the inside! Painting the inside of your front door could be all you need to add a subtle splash of colour to your hallway – and you are really easily DIY it on the cheap. Use our guide to painting a door to get your finish spot on.

We love how this sage green (for something similar try Farrow & Ball Breakfast Room Green) looks with the bold floor tiles from Ca'Pietra

Sage painted door in a hallway with bold geometric tiles

(Image credit: Modern Harlequin )

12. Choose a classic monochrome design scheme

You can't go wrong with a black and white hallway design – it's simple and elegant. With a monochrome scheme in a hallway, we say, the more white the better and just add touches of black here and there, as hallways tend to be darker spaces anyways and you don't want to enhance that by getting too happy with the black paint. Unless you like dark and atmospheric interiors, then by all means go ahead.  

Try painting the banisters and using accessories to add in the darker hues but keep walls and floors light. 

Black and white hallway with red floor tiles

(Image credit: Ca Pietra)

13. Go for blue hues for a calming entrance 

Use a few different tones of the same colour to create a calming, cohesive hallway. We love how a darker blue has been used on the woodwork in this hallway, but the walls have been kept a lighter colour that really lengthens the space. The blue floor tiles bring the whole look together, and that pop of yellow? Perfection. 

Blue hallways with geometric tiles and yellow statement chair

(Image credit: Ca Pietra)

You can easily add interest to a white-painted hallway (presumably you've chosen that colour because it's light-reflecting and easy to maintain) with a gallery wall, created with pictures and family photos and mementos. 

Use our guide for creating a gallery wall to find out how to do it and find more inspiration for displaying photos and pictures.

Staircase with carpet runner and gallery wall

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

15. Hang a curtain

If yours is a modern home, it's likely that its insulation is sorted, but that needn't stop you from hanging a curtain across the front door or across the wall leading from the hallway into an open plan space. It's a great way to tie different rooms together visually, and adds just a touch of added interest.

(Image credit: Britannia Rose)

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