28 Hallway Decor Ideas - Make the Perfect First Impression

28 Hallway Decor Ideas - Make the Perfect First Impression

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When it comes to decorating your home interior, I believe that it is important to have a homely and welcoming ambience, regardless of the design style that you choose.

Whether it’s your living room, kitchen, bedroom, dining room, or hallway. You ultimately want to feel comfortable in a house that truly feels like your home.

The area of many homes which is often overlooked is the main hallway, or hallways if you have more than one. This is a high-traffic area, so needs to have the attention that it deserves. Many people see these, often small spaces, as simply an area which links rooms together. However, if designed properly it can be a standout space of its own merit, in terms of interior decor.

The Importance of Hallway Decor

Poor entrance hall and staircase decor and design can affect the way your other rooms are perceived. If it's cold, uninviting and not much thought has gone into the design, you’re not going to feel that warm cosy glow that you should, and will simply view it as an extension of the uninspiring corridor.

The way to get around this is to focus on designing your hallway, or entrance hall with as much care and attention as you would the rest of your home, creating the perfect welcoming space.

But, what should you do? How can you make a seemingly drab space feel special and inspiring?

To give you a helping hand, I have put together my favourite hallway decor ideas that will help you create an inviting and coherent look throughout your home, not just in other individual rooms.

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1. Display an Inspiring Wall Quote


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For the first of my hallway ideas, why not display a beautiful wall quote? Simply choose a few words which personally resonate with you, or which sum up the people who live within your home.

One of the advantages of using hallway wall stickers in your hall is that they are easy to apply, add visual interest, and when you want to change them for another design or quote, you can simply remove them and replace with a new one.

Remember, if you want the quote to be on your blank wall for some time, think carefully about what phrase, quote or wording you decide on.

Whatever you choose to add to your list of hallway ideas, wall quotes can be a striking, unique and meaningful addition to what can often be a bland wall space.

2. Utilise a Console Table in the Hallway


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Console tables are often thought of as purely decorative pieces, but they can be quite functional as well as serve to add interest, which is why I have included them in my list of hallway ideas.

A console table like this, or any other small table for that matter, can add interest to any wide or narrow hallways, giving you space to house a table lamp for additional subtle lighting, your keys, mail, and other everyday items organised in the drawers. By locating it near to your front door you can easily grab what you need and head out without any last-minute scrambling.

Another more obscure use, if you entertain often, is to set up a small bar area on your table, maybe more out of the reach of children and pets! Then stock it with all of the essentials (wine glasses, cocktail napkins, etc.) so that you and your guests can help themselves to drinks throughout the night.

3. Create a Colourful Hallway Canvas Gallery


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When it comes to hall decorating ideas, it’s easy to find colourful and innovatively decorated canvases online and in shops that sell wall art and other wall decor pieces. So when you see a colour palette and style that you like, you’ll probably want to invest in several pieces.

If that is the case, why not use this to your advantage and turn your hallway into a cool modern gallery? Gallery walls can either be arranged in neat straight lines or mix things up and hang them at different heights and spacings to add a little edge to your hallway walls.

If you want to push the limits of decoration guidelines, go with clashing colours and outrageous designs, but make sure that they still complement the overall colour scheme of both the hallway and the rooms that come off it.

The last thing that you want is for the decor of each room to clash with the hall in such a way, that it becomes visually overwhelming.

I think it is fair to say that this may not be the cheapest of my hallway ideas, but it could certainly have the most impact if done well! If money is no object, you could also add a picture light or two to highlight the most impressive statement pieces, while at the same time brightening up a dark hallway.


4. Cover Over Hallway Radiators


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Radiators are the bane of many people's homes (decoration-wise anyway) with not many people liking the look of them, but they are an important element of the home, hence why they are included in my hallway ideas. So how can we keep them, but not have to look at them, allowing them to become an ugly focal point of the space?

Radiator covers are the answer and an excellent alternative. Simply placing a cover in front of any radiators will not only improve them visually but also add an extra shelf for displaying your wares and other accessories.

I have some great ideas and examples for radiator covers in this other article.

5. Create an Illusion of Hallway Space with Mirrors


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Having wall mirrors in your hallway will visually expand the whole space, by making the most of the natural light from the front door and any windows close by. As far as hallway ideas go, this is a great way to make the hall seem larger, giving you a beautiful bright hallway with as much light as you will need.

For hallways with a narrow space or that have very little natural light, adding mirrors is a great way to fully utilise it, and reflect light back into the space. This ultimately creates more light and gives a more radiant and airy feel to the hallway space.

You should also look at various shapes and sizes of mirrors and not just stick to the standard square or rectangular designs that are generally available.

6. Use the Hallway as a Home Office


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If you have an unutilised space in your hallway and would like, or require a home office space, the hall could potentially be the perfect place to situate it.

A home office space in the hallway is of benefit to the user as it not only creates a dedicated workspace for part or full-time working but can also help to separate work and home activities. Additionally, this location in particular can provide great natural daylight and a quieter working environment, as it is away from the main living areas of the home.

The interior designer in this example has tied in the natural wood tones of the desk, chair, hall flooring and stairs to produce a cohesive theme within this hall space.

7. Family Tree Photo Wall Decor


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Most families will have countless photos that they never get to show off, so why not use a long hallway as a way to remedy this?

Wall decals can be purchased in many different designs, themes and sizes, making for endless possibilities for your hallway ideas.

One particularly popular idea that people like to use, is a large family tree design. Once you have purchased the tree sticker, you simply use the branches to hang your favourite and most important framed photographs.

In the example above, they have used various shapes and sizes of black picture frames to produce an interesting collage effect.

This is a neat and streamlined long hallway decorating idea to showcase your photos and create a beautiful family wall, whilst at the same time adding the perfect decoration to your hall. This makes it a more special and meaningful part of your home.

It goes without saying that if you have new photos taken during the year, which deserve pride of place on your family tree, you can simply swap them out whenever you choose.

8. Use Hallway Walls for Storage


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Using your hallway walls for additional storage is a clever idea, and especially useful if you’re short on storage space elsewhere. Going for an all-white scheme for both the walls and wall unit helps to blend the decor, stopping it from standing out like a sore thumb.

A good way to keep things looking organised and tidy is to use rack-style shelving, with wooden or woven baskets. That way you can keep whatever you like in the baskets and the mess is always hidden from any visitors!

Another option for your entrance hallway ideas, assuming you have enough width, is to use your hallway to store the family's shoes. There are many slimline storage solutions for footwear, that can either be floor or wall-mounted, and it would be a great use of the otherwise dead space.

9. Consider Geometric Patterned Wallpaper


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As far as hallway decor ideas are concerned, choosing to go for a busy geometric look in your entrance hall, whether it is a small hallway or not is a brave move. However, it would have a dramatic effect on the whole space, especially against the white trim on the woodwork, and could produce a real talking point. Maybe even carry it onto the upstairs hallway, giving it the wow factor that you are after.

I suggest that a good option here is to go for a wallpaper that is easy to remove, like the stick-on kind. That way if you change your mind or the look doesn’t suit, you can easily backtrack and make amends.

There are many different designs of geometric patterned wallpaper available, so it shouldn't be hard to find one that not only compliments your colours, styling and design but also fits within your budget. If a bold geometric design is not for you, simply opt for a more subtle pattern that is more to your taste. That way it will also fit better with the style that you have in mind.

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10. Use all Available Hallway Space


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As hallways can often be limited in size, it is important to make the most of every last inch that you have, to create extra storage and usable space.

When coming up with practical hallway ideas, first consider what you need to use the space in the hallway for. If you wish to hang items such as coats or need a shoe storage solution, simply add a storage bench or hooks along one wall. This will free up precious floor space so that you can walk freely through the hallway.

If you have a bit more square footage and the budget to achieve it, go all out with custom built-in wall storage, like the example above.

It may be a more expensive option, but it not only has a handy and comfortable seating area but also solves many of the storage limitations that would otherwise exist. It will also be a super handy space, especially situated next to the front door, that the family can use for many years. If space is more limited, stick with a simple but elegant hallway bench.

11. Decorate Vertically With a Wall Decal


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When it comes to deciding which hallway decor ideas to use, a lot can depend on what size and shape your entrance hall is configured.

If you have a narrow hallway that isn’t large or particularly long, you could start with a minimal colour scheme, such as beige, cream or white and have one statement wall decal running vertically on one wall.

If you think about the types of artwork that have made Banksy famous, for example, the girl with a heart-shaped balloon. It's easy to picture how this look would be effective in a small, clean space, with the vertical design making the hallway feel taller.


Another decorative option for your hallway ideas would be a beautiful nature-inspired design, such as a tall roses wall sticker or stylish tree decal.

As a bonus, due to there being no clutter or extra colour to consider, it will make your hallway easier to clean and also seem larger and more open than it is.

12. Upgrade Hallway Ceiling Lighting


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When deciding on hallway ceiling lights, I suggest that you don't just stick with standard recessed lights or a single pendant bulb covered by a plain or boring lampshade. But before you go out and buy any old light fixture, it's important to consider some key factors to ensure the right fit for your hall space.

One of the main considerations is to choose a light that is proportionate in size to the size of the hallway itself. The last thing you want is to bang your head or have to avoid it every time you walk through the space.

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As hallways are often a bit dark and under-lit, it may be useful to choose a light that provides good illumination, so that navigating through this well-used space is bright and airy. Consider the lumen output of the lightbulb that is supplied with the light fixture, or purchase a brighter bulb if necessary.

In terms of style, choose a ceiling light or lights that complement the overall design and style of your hallway and the other furniture and decor pieces within it, while also taking into consideration colour choices.

Finally, it's worth thinking about the energy efficiency of your lighting, in terms of using LED bulbs instead of filament or halogen ones, which are more energy-efficient and will ultimately last longer.

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Useful Ceiling Lighting Ideas

13. Incorporate Practical Seating in Hallway

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When it comes to hallway ideas and decor, an important thing to get right is to make sure that the space is both functional and stylish. One way to do this is to incorporate practical seating into your hallway design.

Benches and chairs are both great practical solutions for adding seating to a hall, preferably incorporating a coat rack. If you have a narrow hallway, opt for a bench with built-in storage beneath it. This way, you can tuck away any clutter while still having a place to sit down and put on your shoes or take a break.

If you have a bit more space to work with, a great idea would be to add a small chair or two. This not only gives you somewhere to sit but also adds another layer of style and usability to the whole space.

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14. Display Your Children’s Artwork in Hallway


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If the hallway leads to your child’s bedroom, nursery, or playroom, why not display some of their drawings, paintings, or even handprints? This hallway decor idea is a great way to add visual interest by decorating the space in a colourful and very personalised way. You could even create a whole gallery wall for all of their works of art.

If you want the look to be cleaner, simply make the design more regimented. You could also put their artwork into frames, and simply use hooks or removable picture hanging strips to attach them to the wall.

This is a super simple one of my hallway ideas and a great fun way to show off their talent as budding artists. If you want to go a step further, consider using a picture light above the artwork to show off their skills.


15. Consider Hallway Wooden Panelling Ideas


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Wooden panelling is an easy-to-maintain look which can easily be customised and updated over time. It can also work wonders for covering up badly rendered or poorly decorated walls.

Adding wooden panelling to your hallway is a great way to create a stylish country cottage-inspired look, or if you would consider using more modern materials, such as PVC or metal, a more contemporary twist could be achieved.

Wood panels can be left in their natural state, stained or painted in any colour you choose. A bonus is that when it comes to re-decorating you can simply paint over them, or sand them back, depending on the finish you want to achieve.

You may need some expert advice or a professional to quote for this work unless you know someone with good DIY skills. This may make this a more expensive option, however, it will last for years and as I said earlier, they can be easily updated when you come to re-decorate.

If this is a look that interests you, I have written an article on wood panelling ideas for bedrooms that be be of interest.

16. Nature Inspired Botanical Wallpaper


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Adding plants is always a good way to enhance the feel and aesthetic of other hallway decorating ideas. But how about having an actual living wall (or as close to one as possible!)

Well, the problem is that the real thing would take a huge amount of upkeep and maintenance, but a botanical-design hallway wallpaper will give a similar look and feel, for a lower price. It will also take far less work keeping it looking tip-top!

However, if you want to go to town with the real thing, and are thinking about creating a living wall, it would be best to locate it either on one long side of the hallway, or at a narrow end wall where it can be seen, but is out of the way.

There is no denying though, that this particular one of my hallway ideas would certainly be a head-turner!

17. Construct a Book Wall in the Hallway


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If you are a bit of a bibliophile, why not consider creating a book wall in your hallway, in a similar vein to the one above (but possibly not that grand!)

By displaying your favourite books in a prominent location, you can create a visually appealing feature wall that adds character and interest to the hallway decor.

In addition to their aesthetic appeal, a book wall has an obvious practical and functional use and can also be a good way to add a personal touch to your hallway. By choosing books that reflect your interests and passions, you can produce a space that feels unique to you and your family.

Adding a storage and display area for books can be a great use of the hallway, especially as it saves on storage in other areas of your living space. However, if you only have a small space, keep it more low-key by simply adding a bookshelf or some shelving.

18. Go For a Monochrome Gallery Look


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There is something about the simplistic style of black-and-white images, especially on white walls. The monochrome look is fantastic when the images or photos are placed in contrasting black or white frames and grouped on the wall.

You don’t have to just stick with one or two though, why not create a gallery feel by having several pictures, of different sizes, framed and carefully placed across your hall?

A tip previously mentioned in one of my earlier hallway ideas, is to place them at different heights according to whether they’re portrait, landscape and their size.

Just remember that you’ll regularly need to clean the glass and the frames themselves, to keep them looking smart and dust-free. But I'm assuming you’d do that anyway, right?!

19. Add Some Hallway Shelves


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Adding shelves to a hallway can have several benefits, particularly if you are looking to add extra storage and usable space in a small or limited area.

One of the main benefits of adding shelves is that it allows you to make the most of every inch of available space. By taking advantage of vertical space, you can create storage without taking up valuable floor space. This can be especially useful in a hallway, where floor space may be limited and you want to keep the area as open and uncluttered as possible.

In addition to creating extra storage, shelves can also be used to add decorative elements to your hallway. By choosing shelves that match the style and decor of the rest of the space, you can create a cohesive look that enhances the overall aesthetic of the hall.

Shelves can also be a practical and functional addition to a hallway. For example, you could use shelves to store keys and other items that you need to grab on the way out the door, making it easier to stay organised and keep the hallway clutter-free.

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20. Go Big on Plants in the Hallway


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Adding plants within your hallway ideas can add a touch of natural beauty and give interest in a space that may otherwise be lacking in colour and life. This can help to make the hallway feel more welcoming and inviting, and can also help to create a sense of calm and relaxation.

In addition to their aesthetic appeal, plants can also have practical benefits in a hallway. For example, plants can help to improve air quality by filtering out toxins and releasing oxygen. This can be especially beneficial in a hallway setting as it may not have windows, or receive as much natural light as other areas of the home.

By choosing your favourite plants and greenery, and maybe adding a statement mirror, you can make your space feel uniquely yours. A must-have addition to any hallway ideas list!

21. Be Creative and Hang Photos in the Hallway


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If hallway ideas such as a family tree or gallery wall aren't for you, another way to showcase those important photos of family and friends, is to hang a thin wire or rope across the length of your narrow hallway wall. Then using small decorative clips or pegs, attach your photos directly onto it.

As an added touch, you could also run some mini fairy lights along its length, weaving them in and out between each photo.

If you have a particularly long entrance hall, you may want to break up the straight regimented lines by arranging them at different heights and lengths.

This is a very low-cost and effective way to showcase those most precious family mug shots!

22. Go for Two-Tone Hallway Walls


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This is a great example of how a two-tone wall can add a dramatic aesthetic to your hallway space, particularly in the opposing contrasting colours chosen here.

The interior designer has also colour-matched the dado rail and skirting boards with the lower wall section, adding a further cohesive touch. The dark hue has also been carried onto the picture frames of the gallery wall and plant pots, effortlessly tying the whole space together.

23. Use Statement Wall Lights in Hallway


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As you can see from my previous hallway ideas, creating an interesting look to your hall doesn’t always have to be about the wallpaper, paint or wall finish at all, it can be about other decorations too.

Impressive or quirky lights could be a simple answer for blinging up your hallway space, without the need for decorating at all. After all, not everyone is happy with just a lonely single pendant light in the middle of the hallway ceiling as the entirety of their ambient lighting.

A huge chandelier in the centre would look fantastic with minimal decor elsewhere, assuming there is the head height available and you don't have low ceilings. You could be bold and add funky lights the length of the entire hall.

The world is your oyster when it comes to light fittings and there is a wealth of different designs, sizes and colours available. So take your time searching for the perfect ones that fit your taste and needs.

24. Go for Bright Vibrant Colours


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I think it is fair to assume that most of us think that a hall needs to be neutral in colour to make it feel as light and airy as possible. However, this doesn't have to be the case.

This hallway example shows just how much colour and vibrancy you can get away with, using a beautiful aqua-green colour on the panelled walls. I wouldn't personally pair it with dark brown doors, but as far as brightening up the space it's a winner for me and maybe teaches us that we could be much bolder with our colour choices.

25. Add Practical Hallway Storage Racks


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This practical storage rack is the perfect solution for your most often-used items, such as bags, shoes, keys and other essentials. It has been located in a handy position right by the front door, to be able to quickly grab what you need just as you leave the house.

It can also be a great place for the kids to leave their completed homework so as not to forget it, or to throw the post in until you get time to open it.

Once you have added this to your hallway entrance, you will wonder how you ever coped without it!

26. Add Hallway Colour with Statement Rugs


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When it comes to the hall floor space, long rugs, a hallway runner or hallway carpet all help to produce a warmer feel, not only physically on your feet but also visually. Especially if you currently have particularly cold floor tiles underfoot.

To take this idea a step further, go for bold colours or an eye-catching pattern, while keeping your walls minimal in both colour and design.

Cream, grey, beige, or even black are just a few of the wall colours which would work well with a vibrant statement rug through your hallway.

If bold is not for you though, I suggest a simple muted rug or two, or completely steering away from this particular hallway idea by taking a look at some of my other more refined hallway ideas.

27. Extend Your Hallway Decor Scheme


If your adjoining rooms are decorated in a certain colour scheme or follow a similar style, you could extend this into your hallway to create continuity.

The only downside with hallway ideas such as these is that if you change your decor scheme in one room, you’ll either need to change all your rooms to match or redecorate your hall to avoid them clashing.

However, if you’re not thinking about changing your rooms anytime soon, it could still be a good option to consider.

Another trick that can be used in hallways, as has been done here, is to add a dado rail the length of the space. This will serve to visually elongate the hall and make it feel longer.

28. Use Texture in Creative Ways in Hallway


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For something very different and a bit off-piste, think about how you can use texture within your hallway ideas. For example pompoms, leaves, fabrics, or quite honestly anything which makes you want to reach out and touch it.

This is an interesting, daring and unique use of your walls, but one which will suit smaller hallways with less wall space for decoration, or maybe as a design statement in a larger one.

There are many ways you can achieve this look, but it will ultimately come down to your crafting and DIY skills, and what creative hallway ideas using natural materials that you can come up with.

My Final Thoughts

I hope that these hallway decor ideas have given you some serious food for thought, and shown you that you don't have to put up with a boring hallway.

It also doesn’t have to just be a connecting space that doesn't have any character or style about it. You can easily create a welcoming entrance that compliments the rest of the home, making it stand out on its own merits.

Be sure to think about the best hallway ideas for the size of your space. If you have a long, sweeping hall, go for the ‘less is more’ theory. However, if you have a small and dark space, you might want to think about adding a lighter decor scheme and reflecting any light back into the space to make it seem larger.

Whatever small hallway ideas or narrow hallway ideas you decide upon, remember to compliment the rooms around it. If you have a room decorated in neon pink, you probably don’t want the hall leading to it to be decorated in red for instance! Going for a neutral shade will always be a safer option, no matter how your rooms are decorated.

Before making any final decisions on what hallway decorating ideas to consider, give it plenty of thought and choose a look that not only fits the bill for you and your family but is also going to be easy to maintain.

Ultimately you want to come up with a hallway design that visitors will be wowed by, rather than simply viewing the space as just a corridor that leads to other rooms.

Author: Matthew Chiappini

Author Bio: Matthew studied art and design at Stamford college, including interior design and colour theory. He still has a great love for art, home decor and interior design and is a keen DIYer, having worked as a carpenter after leaving school. Matthew has been writing home and home decor articles since 2020.

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