Hallway wallpaper: 10 stylish ideas to make an impact

Using hallway wallpaper is a great way to add interest to the smallest room in your home – here we have rounded up our fave looks

Hallway wallpaper: 10 stylish ideas to make an impact
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Hallway wallpaper is our favourite way to decorate that often small, often awkward, often free from style space. Yep, the hallway is an oft-neglected space in the home, somewhere to pass through rather than linger. And yet, as the place you and your guests see as soon as you enter, it deserves some love. 

A stylish hallway wallpaper will add warmth and interest, and help create a seamless transition between the entrance and the rest of the house. Use these ideas to transform your hallway. Then, discover more of our hallway ideas in our gallery.

1. Add a flamboyant touch with exotic hallway wallpaper

Pink flamingo and striped hallway wallpaper ideas


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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 colour palette in a room that’s off your hallway to create a really cool contrast. 

2. Soften the look with a pastel hallway wallpaper

Sandberg hallway wallpaper ideas


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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. 

3. Add texture with wood effect wallpaper

Mahogany wood hallway wallpaper


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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.

4. Go for a contemporary twist on a vintage design

grey and white hallway wallpaper


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Designed by Arne Jacobsen, the Trapez 1778 from Borastapeter is based on a 1950s design, with the muted colour 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. 

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

Emilia grey black stripe wallpaper used in a hallway


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Stripes never go out of fashion – why not utilise 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. 

6. Mix and match two styles from the same collection

Pink hallway wallpaper ideas


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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. 

7. Add interest with an abstract pattern

Terrazzo hallway wallpaper in grey


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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. 

8. Choose vintage florals for an opulent look

Loriini in Dorian hallway wallpaper by Little Greene

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Give your hallway a vintage boudoir touch with the ornate Loriini design from Little Greene. With its grey colour scheme and subtle colour accents, it's surprisingly versatile and would make a great wallpaper for a hallway of any style.

9. Bring the outside in with a woodland motif

Woodland Toile by Sanderson used as a wallpaper for hallways


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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. 

Our pick is the detailed and delicate Woodland Toile by Sanderson.

10. Go for a simple Scandi print 

Lundby in citrine, £23, John Lewis


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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 colours mean it's really easy to adapt to any style too, whether that be contemporary or traditional. 

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