Grey hallway ideas: 21 classic ways to decorate your hall

These grey hallway ideas are stylish, easy to copy and totally timeless...

Grey hallway ideas
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On the hunt for classic grey hallway ideas? 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 in our gallery.

1. Pick your shade of grey carefully

Grey hallway by Neptune (light fitting)

(Image credit: Neptune)

Grey is a tricky color 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.

2. Don't pick your grey in isolation: think flooring, too

Woven vinyl flooring

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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

Hallway carpet in Black Magic

(Image credit: Brockway Carpets)

This is a grey hallway idea 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 colors 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

hallway with concrete floor and wood by nest

(Image credit: Nest)

For an alternative take on traditional grey hallway ideas 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 paneling 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 for an easy grey hallway idea

grey scheme hallway by nest

(Image credit: Nest)

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. See more grey wallpaper ideas in our design gallery.

6. Paint internal doors for a more cohesive finish

bootroom with contemporary patterned tiles by harvey maria

(Image credit: Harvey Maria)

Consider matching the color 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.

7. Combine light greys with whites for a timeless look

hallway with grey scheme by norsu interiors

(Image credit: Norsu Interiors)

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 color 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 small hallway ideas, have a read of our guide. 

8. Warm up a grey scheme with accessories in wood

grey hallway by nest

(Image credit: Nest)

While, for good reason, grey hallway ideas tend to be the go to, this popular shade does have 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. 

9. Reflect light with furnishings in a grey hallway

hallway with console table by cox & cox

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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 . 

Browse more the best console tables in our buyer's guide. 

10. Inject life (literally) into a dark grey scheme

hallway with grey scheme by hurn & hurn

(Image credit: Hurn & Hurn)

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 indoor gardening ideas to style your hallway to Insta-standards. And, for common house plant care tips and inspo we can help too.

11. Blend away storage solutions with clever color use

hallway with a grey scheme by ikea

(Image credit: Ikea)

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 ideas

12. Create the illusion of a larger and lighter space

hallway with grey scheme by ikea

(Image credit: Ikea)

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. 

13. Design a space with a pared back, unfitted feel

grey hallway by nest

(Image credit: Nest)

If your style is more boho, consider grey hallway ideas 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. 

14. Combine grey with bright and bold colours

Wallpaper by Little Greene

(Image credit: Little Greene)

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. 

15. Use wood to soften a rough luxe finish

grey industrial style hallway from cuckooland

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If you're really into the industrial look, consider going all out with an exposed concrete wallpaper. 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 color 

grey hallway from cuckooland

(Image credit: Cuckooland)

Using various, complementary shades of the same color 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

grey hallway with yellow cabinet by ligne roset

(Image credit: Ligne Roset)

If you like the chic simplicity of grey hallway ideas, but also the idea of a bit more color, 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

grey hallway from nest

(Image credit: Nest)

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 paneling designs for more ideas.

grey hallway by cuckooland

(Image credit: Cuckooland)

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. 

If you're looking for inspirational gallery wall ideas, we've got plenty of 'em. Oh and tips on how to hang a gallery wall, we've got those covered, too. 

20. Choose nearly-black for a dramatic entrance

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Using grey at the darkest end of the color 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 and 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. 

Check out our guide of patterned floor tiles for loads more options. 

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Emily Shaw
Emily Shaw

Emily first (temporarily) joined the Real Homes team while interning on her summer break from university. After graduating, she worked on several publications before joining Real Homes as Staff Writer full time in mid-2018. She loves a second-hand bargain and sourcing unique finds to make her rented flat reflect her personality.