11 great 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. Devil’s in the detail

The entrance to this six-bedroom,  Edwardian property in West Sussex is big enough to double-up as a play room. These original doors have been painted in Railings by Farrow & Ball, the wallpaper is a Cole & Son design from Wallpaper Direct, contrasted with red-framed prints by Eelus. The dramatic ceiling light is from Ebay.

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

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. Simply elegant

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. Feeling blue

Positioned in the centre of this four-bedroom house near Guildford, the staircase, floor and door are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue for a real burst of colour.

6. A personal touch

The hallway in this semi-detached Edwardian house is inspired by the owner’s dissertation in natural history. For a similar skull, try the faux animal design from Rockett St George, and for a similar side table, try the Olivia at Luxdeco.

 7. Antique-Look

The entrance to this three-bedroom apartment in Brighton has a rustic and lived-in feel, thanks to the waxed Victorian banisters, sanded floorboards and elegant, car-boot sale mirrors.

8. Light and bright

Limewashed beams help create a bright, open hallway in this three-bedroom house in Nottinghamshire.

9. 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.

pink paint strokes hallway

10. Au naturel

Dated carpet has been ripped up to reveal original floorboards and bannisters in this terraced house in Cardiff, creating an industrial and natural look.

11. Shades of grey

Victorian-style floor tiles from National Tile and the staircase painted in Manor House Gray by Farrow & Ball, make for a stunning entrance to this post-Edwardian villa in Dublin.