A popular option for hallways, in part due to its versatility, practicality and shifting mood as the daylight changes, a grey scheme is worth considering if you're planning a hallway transformation.
Whether your taste is for a hallway that's pared-back, neat and minimal, contemporary and industrial-inspired, on-trend with touches of boho chic, or simply more traditional, you're sure to find inspiration with our gorgeous grey hallway design ideas. Then, when you're done, check out more of our hallway ideas.
1. Pick your shade of grey carefully
Grey is a tricky colour to get just right: some greys have lilac tinges; some have yellowish tones; others are bluer. Which to choose for your hallway? The answer, to a large degree, is down to how much natural light you get in the hallway, and its quality. If yours is a north-facing hallway with little natural daylight, the lightest of shades tinged with a hint of yellow will make it feel warm; light-flooded south-facing ones will look bright even with a cooler grey. Don't forget, too, that it might be worth using different tones of the same grey on different walls within your hallway. The key to success? Experiment with tester pots first.
Light by Neptune.
2. Don't pick your grey in isolation: think flooring, too
Your might think you've found the perfect shade of grey for your hallway, but don't forget to check how it looks with your existing (or soon to be chosen) hallway flooring. So, referring you back to the advice just above, if your hallway flooring has a neutral, natural tone, like this, you should look for a grey with a hint of yellow in it. That way you'll avoid a tonal clash.
Choose the best hallway flooring with our practical guide.
3. Create interest with different grey tones
This is something you can achieve easily by adding carpet to the mix in your grey hallway design. But what to put where? It's down to taste, without doubt, but bear these style tips in mind: darker colours on the upper parts of a wall (ie, above dado rails) is better suited to a hallway with tall ceilings rather than lower ones; striped runners create the visual trick of making your hallway look longer; the darkest of shades, such as the dark grey carpet on the landing below, are best suited to the lowest part of the hallway, whether below dado level or on the floor.
4. Use concrete to create an industrial feel
For an alternative take on the traditional grey hallway and to create a striking industrial feel, consider opting for a statement poured concrete floor and walls with an on-trend micro-concrete finish. Breaking up your use of concrete with wood panelling is an easy way to add warmth and interest to a space.
Find tips on choosing a poured concrete floor in our specialist guide.
5. Or choose a concrete effect wallpaper
If you like the idea of industrial style interiors but don't want to commit to micro-concreting or need to cover a larger surface area, consider opting for a concrete effect wallpaper instead.
This Galerie Plaster Wallpaper from John Lewis & Partners instantly adds texture and interest to a space. Alternatively this Rustic Concrete Wall Mural from MuralsWallpaper is perfect for creating a dynamic feature wall.
See more grey wallpaper ideas in our design gallery.
6. Paint internal doors for a more cohesive finish
Consider matching the colour of your internal doors with that of your walls for a smart and cohesive finish. This works most successfully in a space that's naturally light and bright, particularly if you're working with a darker shade of grey.
Like the idea of a light and spacious feeling grey hallway? Have a read of our tips to help you lighten a dark hallway.
7. Combine light greys with whites for a timeless look
Pairing light shades of grey with bright whites is the easiest way to create a timeless and sophisticated scheme in your hallway. This can be achieved by opting for white woodwork, furniture or artwork that will open up the space.
This colour scheme is particularly effective if you're working with a small hallway, as light shades will make a small space feel instantly larger and lighter. For more tips on designing a small hallway, have a read of our guide.
8. Warm up a grey scheme with accessories in wood
While, for good reason, grey tends to be the go-to shade for many hallways, it has the potential to be a little lifeless if left un-styled.
Opting for a statement coat stand, console table or even mirror frame in a wooden finish is an easy way to add warmth and break up an otherwise all-grey scheme. If yours is a light-starved hallway, it's definitely worth opting for a creamy grey like this one – it bounces tons of light around and is softer on the eye than steelier tones.
Find this stylish coat stand at Nest.
9. Reflect light with furnishings in a grey hallway
Console tables in glass, a large mirror, glass chandeliers... all make for light-reflecting and stylish (plus practical) addition to a grey hallway design, breaking up the monotony of the scheme .
10. Inject life (literally) into a dark grey scheme
Not only does the addition of house plants to a hallway make the space feel more welcoming, it's also an effective way to add texture and interest to a scheme – especially if you've opted for an inkier shade of grey.
We love the use of this Ferm Living Plant Box Stand from Hurn & Hurn to inject life and colour into a hallway with a moody grey scheme. Discover some great house plant display ideas to style your hallway to Insta-standards.
11. Blend away storage solutions with clever colour use
While designing a grey hallway that's purely aesthetic is a dream for many, it's often not the reality. Hallways, particularly those in family homes, need to be functional too, with plenty of space for storing coats, bags and shoes.
Opting for unfitted coat hooks and shoe storage systems in the same (or similar) shades to the rest of your scheme is the easiest way to design a grey hallway that is both practical and smart.
If you're designing a hallway and are in need of storage inspiration, take a read of our handy guide to hallway storage solutions.
12. Create the illusion of a larger and lighter space
If you're working with a narrow space (as is characteristic of many hallways) it's possible to style it in such a way that it appears larger than it really is.
Work long, natural rugs which extend away from the entry point into the hallway to give the appearance of a longer space. This is even more effective if you benefit from a window projecting light throughout the space. If you don't, consider positioning a mirror at the end of your hallway to make it seem more spacious.
Opting for built-in, floor-to-ceiling units is an easy way to maximise storage potential without making a space feel small and overcrowded. Recreate this look with Ikea.
13. Design a space with a pared back, unfitted feel
If your style is more boho, consider designing a grey hallway with a more pared back, unfitted feel. This means opting for furniture and decorations with simple silhouettes and made from natural materials.
In terms of wallpaper, consider opting for something that adds understated texture to the hallway. This Linen Texture Wallpaper from Very is a great example.
We love how the positioning of these vintage prints on a wooden bench – find this Cutter Bench at Nest – gives the space a more informal feel.
14. Combine grey with bright and bold colours
If your taste is a little more quirky or you're looking for a (slightly) pared-back take on the maximalism trend, consider pairing a grey patterned wallpaper with bright and bold paintwork for a standout result.
We love this combination of the Loriini Dorian Wallpaper with standout Lemon Mivvi Paint from Little Greene. Though, you could really opt for whatever colour paintwork takes your fancy. Living Coral, anyone?
15. Use wood to soften a rough luxe finish
If you're really into the industrial look, consider going all out with an exposed concrete wallpaper – this Grandeco Exposure Rough Concrete Wallpaper from Allen Braithwaite is a favourite of ours.
Pair with woods and other natural materials to offset the harshness of a dark grey, concrete inspired scheme.
16. Opt for complementary shades of the same colour
Using various, complementary shades of the same colour is an easy way to add interest to a space without overdoing it and, in turn, detracting from the simplicity of your desired scheme.
The key to achieving this look effectively is opting for shades of the same hue and pairing with simple furniture if you're determined to have a delicate scheme.
17. Inject colour into a simple grey scheme
If you like the chic simplicity of grey, but also the idea of a bit more colour, opting for furniture in a brighter shade is an easy compromise. After all, furniture can be replaced more easily if you get tired of your use of a brighter shade.
If you've already got suitable hallway furniture, ask yourself whether a coat of paint could be all you need to brighten up a grey scheme. Our guide to how to paint furniture will talk you through, step-by-step.
18. Opt to paint panelling in a grey tone
If you can't quite bring yourself to move away from an ultra minimalist, all-white scheme, meet somewhere in the middle (pardon the joke) by just painting up to the dado rail.
This will effectively add interest to a space without detracting from the simplicity that white offers – opt for a light shade of grey and you'll barely notice the difference, anyway (we promise).
Be inspired by these wall panelling designs for more ideas.
19. Design a unique gallery wall
Create a focal point in your grey hallway with the addition of a stylish gallery wall. Keep things simple with minimalist prints and black picture frames or go all-out with bold prints and equally bright fittings, the choice is yours.
20. Choose nearly-black for a dramatic entrance
Using grey at the darkest end of the colour spectrum will give you a contemporary style hallway that suits both period and modern homes. How to get it right? Avoid a formal look (fitted carpets, gilt mirror frames, smart furniture) and instead embrace upcycled furniture, boho-style rugs and wall-hangings.
Find more dark, dramatic room schemes in our design feature.
21. Add interest to a grey hallway with patterned flooring
As there is usually not much going on in a hallway in terms of furniture or accessories, you can afford to be really brave when it comes to flooring. Choose a bold, busy patterned floor tile (or vinyl flooring if you are on a budget) to give a simple, grey hallway a beautiful design boost.