10 decorating ideas for hallways

Once your hallway design is finalised, add the finishing touches with stylish interior decoration

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Are you looking for hallway decoration ideas? If you've read our guide to designing a hallway and feel confident that you know what you're doing, it's time to start thinking about decorating (how exciting).

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.

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

Create the illusion of a bright, airy space in 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.

Add character and texture with a stylish runner, an eye catching light fitting and leafy house plants – perfect for encouraging a fresh feel. 

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

(Image: © Malcolm Menzies)

2. Pattern clash for a striking, maximalist hallway

Pattern clashing 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 rug, lampshade and soft furnishings that are equally eye-catching. 

The trick to success is ensuring that, no matter how clashing the patterns, the tones remain similar.

brightly coloured and patterned hallway

(Image: © Scion)

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.

grey and white toned minimalist hallway

(Image: © 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. Use house plants and soft furnishings to soften the colour contrast. 

Double height hallway with pink door and wooden flooring

(Image: © Rachael Smith)

5. Choose vintage floral wallpaper for a spacious period hallway

Vintage-inspired floral wallpapers are a timeless addition to a spacious 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.

floral wallpapered hallway with period staircase

(Image: © 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.

geometric print floor in hallway with white stiarcase

(Image: © Lifestyle Floors)

7. Prioritise storage solutions

If the priority for your hallway is maximising functional 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 storage solution with coat hooks, storage benches

We love this unique coat stand from Ikea

(Image: © 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 a stand-out light fitting. If your style is more traditional, consider opting for a glass chandelier. However, the same effect will be achieved with something more contemporary.

Parquet Khaki porcelain flooring, £82.80 per m2 from Lapicida

(Image: © Lapicida)

10. Consider colour blocking for an on-trend hallway

Colour blocking is an on-trend paint idea that works effectively in hallways; 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: © B&Q)

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