The best paint for hallways: washable paints for high traffic areas

Scrub off grubby finger marks, scuffs and stains with ease with our selection of the best washable paints for hallways

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Need advice on painting a house, inside and out? Let's start with the hallway. How many times have you used your hallway wall as a leaning post to take your shoes on and off? Or watched the kids trail their hands along the walls as they come down the stairs? As a high traffic area, hallway walls are put through their paces, which is why, when designing a hallway, it's important to ensure that you're choosing the best paint – something that you can wipe, or even scrub, clean is essential

Once you've chosen your paint type, check out our hallway paint ideas for colour inspiration and advice. 

When it comes to washable wall paint, the Dulux Easycare range is hard to beat. It’s not just washable, it’s scrubbable, meaning that, no matter how many times you're kids have wiped their sticky fingers all over the walls, paint won't be coming off any time soon. If a fizzy drink or a pen mark happens to find its way on to the wall, this paint actively repels liquid stains, too. 

If you’re more focussed on depth of colour of the paint than its resistance to stains, have a look at Farrow & Ball's Matt Estate Emulsion Paint. With the brand boasting that their paint has more pigment in every tin than other emulsion, your hallway should benefit from an incredible depth of colour.  

The best paint for hallways

1. Dulux Easycare Matt Emulsion Paint

The ideal paint for hectic households

Finish: Matt
Drying time: 5 hours
Colours available: 65
Reasons to buy
+ Scrubbable 

While the colour pigmentation may not match up to more expensive brands like Farrow & Ball, for its durability and resistance to stains, we have to place this paint from Dulux at the top of the list. It's 20 times tougher than standard Dulux Matt Emulsion so, whether its sticky fingerprints or mud stains, you’ll be able to scrub your wall clean without taking off any of the paint with it.  

Crown Hall And Stairs

2. Crown Hall And Stairs

A touch more expensive than the Dulux, but a quick drying time means less worry about marking

Finish: Matt
Drying time: 1-2 hours
Colours available: 23
Reasons to buy
+ Easy to wipe clean 

Crown offer a great alternative with their Hall and Stairs range. Similarly to the Dulux, this range of paint is 20 times tougher than their standard matt emulsion range. Thanks to the innovative formula, stains and marks can be wiped clean without damaging the paint coat. There are 22 tonal colours to choose from, including whites, creams, neutrals, greens and blues, giving you plenty of choice when it comes decorating your home.  

Farrow & Ball Matt Estate Emulsion Paint

3. Farrow & Ball Matt Estate Emulsion Paint

It may be expensive but you’ll probably find their colour quality hard to beat

Finish: Matt
Drying time: 2 hours
Colours available: 132
Reasons to buy
+ Deep, rich colours 

If quality of colour is key, Farrow & Ball’s Matt Estate Emulsion Paint is probably the best hallway paint for you. With the brand boasting that their paint contains more colour pigments than other emulsions, those looking for depth and richness shouldn’t be disappointed. It has a chalky, matt finish and it’s wipeable, so you should be able to remove dirty fingerprints fairly easily. As a bonus, the formulation is eco-friendly with a low odour, while the two hour drying time means a fresher looking hallway in no time at all. 

Colours Premium Silk Emulsion Paint

4. Colours Premium Silk Emulsion Paint

If you’re looking for a faithful paint for quick cover ups when required, this one from Colours will do the trick nicely

Finish: Silk
Drying time: 12 hours
Colours available: 62
Reasons to buy
+ Only one coat required in most circumstances 

Inexpensive, versatile and tough, this paint from Colours certainly ticks many boxes. With its silken finish, this paint is great if you prefer a lighter touch over the heavier matt finish of the other paints on our list. Colours suggest that this range only requires one coat, which makes touching up discoloured patches and giving your hallway a refresh super easy. Priced at just £16, this paint is a great budget option for busy households.  

Dulux Light & Space Matt Emulsion Paint

5. Dulux Light & Space Matt Emulsion Paint

A special formula that reflects like back into the room – great for darker homes

Finish: Matt
Drying time: 2-4 hours
Colours available: 17
Reasons to buy
+ Perfect for dark hallways 

If you like the idea of a matt finish but you’re worried about it being too dull for your hallway, the solution lies in the Dulux Light & Space Matt Emulsion Paint. The formula contains patented LumiTec technology, which helps to reflect light back into the room, making your hallway appear brighter. Although it doesn’t have the same resistance to wiping than the other paints on our list, with its quick two to four hour drying time, patching up any marks shouldn’t be a problem.  

Sandtex Matt Masonry Paint

6. Sandtex Matt Masonry Paint

Not all hallway walls are plasterboard; this masonry paint is dirt resistant, making it great for high traffic areas

Finish: Matt
Drying time: 3-4 hours
Colours available: 27
Reasons to buy
+ Breathable and waterproof 

If you require a hallway paint suitable for masonry, this one from Sandtex is probably one of the best you can choose. Thanks to its microseal technology, the paint provides a dirt resistant, waterproof and breathable cover, making it more than up to the job. With up to 27 colours to choose from, you’re not limited when it comes to choosing the right colour for your hallway masonry. 

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