11 welcoming hallway design ideas

Take inspiration for your hallway from these beautiful entrance ways and ensure yours gives the best first impression

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The hallway is the first thing you see when you enter your home, and the last thing you see before leaving. It sets the tone for all the other rooms, but in terms of style, the hallway is far-too-often overlooked and left somewhat abandoned, devoid of feeling and personality.

Check out these stylish hallways to see how you can make better use of your space, use colour for an immediate statement and ensure your hallway looks as good as the rest of your home.

1. Statement lighting

Hallways tend to benefit from additional ceiling height, so lighting can be used in much the same way as a piece of artwork to make a design statement. Create drama with a bold pendant or chandelier-style fitting.

Light fitting and console table in a hallway with a bold mirror from Star by Julien Macdonald at Debenhams

Light fitting £300; dressing table £500; and accessories all Star by Julien Macdonald at Debenhams

(Image: © Debenhams)

2. Industrial simplicity

This extra-wide, fuss-free hallway in Brighton makes for a welcoming entrance. The bespoke door is from Aldwick Doors and Windows, and the chair, Ikea.

industrial style hallway with lady and dog by front door

(Image: © David Woolley)

3. Colour pop

This bold hallway sets the tone for the rest of the apartment. The wallpaper is a Marcel Wanders design for Graham & Green and the Marcel Wanders table and VIP chair are both from Moooi.

Bright yellow apartment hallway

Photo: William Godard

4. Simple elegance

The entrance to this three-bedroom period terraced house in Co. Dublin has a classic-meets-contemporary look thanks to the combination of original features and modern artwork. The walls are painted in Urbane Grey by Little Greene. The dramatic black and white painting is from Dubai and the runner is from TK Maxx.

Elegant grey hallway

Photo: Philip Lauterbach

5. Get organised

A clutter-free, organised space makes rushing out of the house in the morning less stressful. Embrace stylish functionality with storage and seating that creates a space for everything, so that nobody is tussling for a space to put on the shoes they just spent 15 minutes hunting for.

dog in a bootroom with shelving hooks and a storage bench

Pembroke painted fitted storage, from £840; Chichester Bridge Link cabinet, £570; bot painted in Charcoal from Neptune

(Image: © Neptune)

6. Fancy flooring

Whatever flooring you choose for your hallway should be practica, hardwearing and easy to clean. However, you can still pick a bold style to create a feature as soon as you step into the house.

Chevron floor tiles in a hallway with a storage bench

Chevron floor tiles, W9xL20.5cm, £56.50/m2, The Baked Tile Company

(Image: © The Baked Tile Company)

7. Mirror mirror

Not only a great place to check your hair, mirrors help make a space feel larger and bounce light around the room. Create a feature on the wall by hanging one statement design, or group several smaller ones together to make a focal point.

Zuiver full length mirror in a hallway

Zuiver Full Length Mirror, £89 from Cuckooland

(Image: © Cuckooland)

9. Space-saving furniture

Maximise the potential of your layout with a streamlined console table that fits neatly against the wall.

Loaf Hector console table with drawers made from metal and fir wood

Hector metal and fir console table, H82xW110xD35cm, £595, Loaf

(Image: © Loaf)

10. Colour play

This six-bedroom Victorian terraced house in East Sussex has a funky and colourful hallway which fits in with the rest of the home. This unusual wallpaper is from the homeowner’s own company, Edge of Home, the mirror is from Red Candy, and the floor is painted in Off Black by Farrow & Ball.

50s style hallway with black floor pink and patterned walls

(Image: © Holly Jolliffe)

11. Take a seat

Adding a bench not only acts as a handy place to sit while removing shoes, it could even provide space for storage. Easy-to-clean finishes and hard-wearing materials are a must where muddy shoes and soggy coats might be involves.

A hallway with a bench in an old house with exposed beams

A simple bench and minimalist coat stand are an understated way to add storage in the hallway of this cottage

(Image: © Jeremy Phillips)