16 hallway wallpaper ideas to enhance space and make an impact

Brighten up your entryway with the coolest hallway wallpaper ideas around. Come on in to add more style and the illusion of space too...

Delicately wallpapered hallway with contemporary mirror and floating shelf
(Image credit: Chasing Paper)

Your entryway is often the hardest place to decorate but the best hallway wallpaper ideas can be a total game changer. Adding much needed style, personality and (the illusion of) space helps define this kinda awkward but fundamental part of your home. Go bold or bring a little more serenity to this spot where kids love to leave muddy shoes and where you may forget your keys every once in a while... These looks prove how wallpaper ideas are not solely reserved for the bedroom or lounge.

Tempaper Chief Creative Officer/Co-Founder Jennifer Matthews adds, 'Don’t let a hallway stop the design flow of your home. Just as ceilings are becoming the 5th wall to decorate, hallways should not be overlooked.  Take the time to design the space. You can easily make it inviting by adding colorful peel and stick wallpaper prints, both small and large scale.'

1. Jazz up your stairwell view

Grey stairwell with glass chandelier and bold feature gray geometric wallpaper

(Image credit: Interior Impressions Minnesota)

A strong geo print makes the perfect, energizing view whether you're heading up or down the stairs in your hallway. Reflect more light by adding an equally as extravagant lighting fixture and forget feeling tight for space.

2. Add a flamboyant touch with exotic hallway wallpaper

Pink flamingo and striped hallway wallpaper ideas

(Image credit: Cole & Son)

Hallways are a great space to use a statement wallpaper like this Flamingo design from Cole & Son. For a really smart look, consider using another wallpaper from the same collection or in the same color palette in a room that’s off your hallway to create a really cool contrast. 

3. Gold leaves

Gold leaf and green tropical wallpaper in hallway sets off blue wallpaper in living room with pink floor rug and bright furnishings

(Image credit: @homewithhelenandco)

A leaf design in gold will make every modern home sing. Choose a vertical print to draw the eye up and match up the design but play with the colorway in the onlooking room for a playful finish as @homewithhelenandco does so well in her hallway. 

4. Soften the look with a pastel hallway wallpaper

Geo pastel hallway wallpaper with bikes

(Image credit: Sandberg)

Perfect for brightening up a dark hallway, Sandberg's Kira design, with all over chevron pattern in pastel-shaded tones will complement an otherwise neutral scheme. 

5. Add texture with wood effect wallpaper

Mahogany wood hallway wallpaper with wooden bench and basket

(Image credit: Arthouse)

If you like the classic look of wood panelling, you will love the realistic wood lookalike Mahogany wood wallpaper from Arthouse. Easier to put up than cladding, it's more affordable, too – yet gives you the same warm, textural finish. Bonus.

6. Go for a contemporary twist on a vintage design

grey and white geometric hallway wallpaper with white decor

(Image credit: Borastapeter)

Designed by Arne Jacobsen, the Trapez 1778 from Borastapeter is based on a 1950s design, with the muted color scheme giving it a contemporary, Scandi twist. Perfectly understated and chic – and the perfect hallway wallpaper idea if your space doesn't get much natural light.

7. Max out hallway space with a fine print

Delicately wallpapered hallway with contemporary mirror and floating shelf

(Image credit: Chasing Paper)

As with any room in the house, there are clever ways to decorate that will create the illusion of more space. Less is more when it comes to hallway wallpaper designs if you're working on a tiny scale. Chasing Paper founder Elizabeth Rees says, 'If you are wanting to make a hallway look bigger, I would recommend selecting a small scale print instead of something bright and bold, such as Magic Hand or Star Bright. The subtle print will add interest to a hallway without overdoing it. If you select a more bold, larger print, it can overwhelm the space and end up making it appear smaller.'

8. Give a nod to nautical chic with a striped design

Emilia grey black stripe wallpaper used in a hallway

(Image credit: Sandberg)

Stripes never go out of fashion – why not utilize their universal appeal and go for a striped hallway wallpaper? The Emilia from Sandberg takes its cue from Breton stripes and will complement a contemporary home with nautical accents. 

'Additionally, adding vertical stripes with our Stripes Away print will draw the eye up and make the space appear taller.' Adds Rees.

9. Mix and match with your ceiling

Pink hallway wallpaper ideas

(Image credit: Graham & Brown)

Using wallpaper from the same collection means you can easily mix two designs together without them clashing. In this hallway, the front walls are papered in Wonder Pink, while the back wall of the hall and staircase are papered in Rebecca, a bolder design with a diagonal stripe. Even the ceiling's got a look-in. Both from Graham & Brown. 

10. Add interest with an abstract pattern

Terrazzo hallway wallpaper in grey

(Image credit: Ferm Living)

Looking for wallpaper for hallways that's a but more subtle? Mimicking the natural randomness of terrazzo tiles, the Terrazzo wallpaper by Ferm Living is a great choice for hallways that can otherwise look dark and sombre. It has a touch of sheen to it, too, creating a shimmering texture. 

11. Dainty does it

Delicate leaved wallpaper with flowers in indoor hanging basket and peg shelf storage painted in white

(Image credit: Chasing Paper)

Wallpaper just part of your hallway to add a little character without being overbearing. Nod also to the rest of your decor, say flowers and an otherwise toned down color scheme.

12. Contrast vintage prints with bold color

Loriini in Dorian hallway wallpaper by Little Greene

(Image credit: Little Greene)

Give your hallway a vintage boudoir touch with the ornate Loriini design from Little Greene.  The grey color scheme and subtle design is asking for a bold contrast so be sure to paint doors and trim in brights for a standout finish.

13. Bring the outside in with a woodland motif

Woodland Toile by Sanderson used as a wallpaper for hallways

(Image credit: Style Library)

The botanical home decor trend shows no signs of going away – and for a reason. Picking botanical designs for your home is a great way to create a calm oasis in your home even if you have no plants; plant-themed wallpaper also adds plenty of texture to otherwise characterless areas of the home, such as the hallway. 

14. Simple Scandi print 

Blue and white floral striped wallpaper print with wooden stool and lamp

(Image credit: John Lewis)

Likee the Scandi trend? Then you’re sure to love the Lundby abstract tree design by John Lewis, inspired by the forests of Scandinavia. It's lovely and subtle but you still know it's there so will add a nice bit of interest. The muted colors mean it's really easy to adapt to any style too, whether that be contemporary or traditional. 

15. Modern escapism

an elegant hallway with tree wallpaper, bright blue storage and chandeliers

(Image credit: Matt Cant)

Bring more of the outside in (even if you're nowhere near the forest) with an imaginative print that will create the perfect backdrop in your hallway. Not to mention a little escapism too.

16. Peel and stick it to create a view

Scallop peel and stick wallpaper in a hallway

(Image credit: toscanosarah x Tempaper)

@Toscanosarah creates a view at the end of her hallway using a peel and stick printed Mosaic Scallop wallpaper design. 'I absolutely love making our home feel cozy! The peel and stick wallpaper from tempaper_designs is my favorite! This little hallway is so much more welcoming now. It’s just amazing how wallpaper can transform a space!'

To the hall 🙌