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Hallway decor ideas & all your hallway questions answered

Lick Beige 01 Hallway
@delilahs_days_ creates contrast with black stair rails and Lick Beige 01 walls

WordsFrankie Marqueé


First impressions count. So once you’ve ushered guests through your front door (read our tips on how to paint a front door), give them something beautiful to behold with a hallway to top all hallways. It’s not all about impressing friends and family though; this is your home after all.

An entryway that will lift your spirits the moment your feet are over the threshold will make a good day better still and a bad day feel that bit brighter, saying to you: you’re home, now close the door, kick back, and let’s make it all about y-o-u. Wondering how to take it from cloakroom to creative canvas? Over to our Head Colour Specialist, Tash to answer your hallway decorating conundrums.

Q: I really want my hallway to feel like a room in its own right. How do I do that best?


A: “This is a fantastic question because it’s so common for the hallway to become a neglected space. People get excited by bedroom renovations, kitchen projects, and colourful living rooms, and yet the hallway often gets forgotten. But it’s the first room that welcomes you home, so in a sense, it’s the most special and deserves just as much love and attention.

Remember though that a hallway isn’t a room in which you spend masses of time – it’s more of a passing place that leads you to other parts of your home. It’s, therefore, the perfect room to be bold, get creative, have a bit of an adventure and use paint colours and wallpapers that you might not have otherwise used.

By giving your hallway that wow factor, you’ll put the key in the lock and have that feeling of ‘oh my goodness, I love it' wash over you every day of the week. Plus, you set the tone for the rest of your interior – and who doesn’t want to raise the bar?”

“Your hallway sets the tone for the rest of your interior.”


Q: Should my hallway palette link to the rooms that come off from it?


A: “In a word, yes. Remember that your hallway is there to greet you home, but it’s also there to take you by the hand, leading you into other rooms, and so if there’s no connection between the two, you could be left with a jarring effect. It’s a case of changing up the ratios of how the colours in your home’s palette are used.

For example, maybe you’ve decorated with five colours across your home and so your hallway could pick up on one of those shades and use it in a much bigger way. Or, look at the colours used in all of your living spaces, mapping them out with our sticker samples so you can clearly and easily make sense of your overall colour scheme, and then match a hue that complements each and every one of them – both myself and Sam can help with that if you get stuck through our virtual colour consultancies.”

Read about complementary colours and how you can create a cohesive color scheme in your home. Or for a deep-dive into colour theory, check out what our experts say about the colour wheel.