Best 10 tip ideas for decorating hallways
Hallway with elegant wall mirror
‘Hanging a mirror in the hall makes a small, dark area feel more spacious and bright,’ says Kevin McEwen, director of interior design at KLC School of Design. ‘Choose an oversized glass, or group a collection of smaller mirrors, and hang near a light source to make the most of all the light available.’ For a wide selection of decorative mirrors, go to Juliette’s Interiors.
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Vibrant orange hallway
The hallway is somewhere you can afford to get clever with colour. Go for a vibrant eye-popping stage and team with matching accessories and contrasting fabrics.
Hallway with grey carpet
‘There’s nothing like carpet to give that “welcome home” feeling when you step inside,’ says carpet expert Steve Elliott at Fun On The Floor. ‘In a high-traffic hallway, cool and contemporary charcoal is on-trend and is more forgiving than silvery shades.’
Light and airy hallway staircase
There are many ways to maximise natural light. A cantilevered staircase with open risers is less imposing than a solid flight, and a skylight will add oodles of light.
Colourful panelling hallway
Panelling is ideal for heavy-traffic areas like hallways. ‘It’s tough and can be used to disguise unsightly cables, fuse boxes, meters and poor wall surfaces,’ says Steve Watts, director of The Wall Panelling Company. ‘Used correctly, it can also make a hall feel higher, longer or wider.’
Parquet floors hallway
‘Parquet flooring looks fantastic in a hallway,’ says Vanessa Garrett at Broadleaf. ‘It’s more labour intensive to install than ordinary boards, but is a great way to add interest in a smaller space.’
Smart hallway storage
Built-in units keep a hallway neat and clutter-free, which will make it feel more spacious. ‘Floor-to-ceiling cupboards maximise every available inch and provide a wealth of handy storage, yet take up relatively little floor space,’ says Tim Newbold at bespoke furniture maker Domus. ‘Stow the things you use most often down low, and seasonal items in harder-to-reach shelves.’
Patterned tiles are enjoying a huge revival on walls and floors, and the hallway is the ideal space in which to go to town with decorative designs. White walls and woodwork allow the focus to fall on these pretty patterned tiles, which are a modern alternative if you’re not lucky enough to be the owner of more traditional Minton tiling.
Wall coverings don’t have to come on a roll. Get creative and wallpaper your hallway, or parts of it, with something more inventive.
Hallway storage trunk
A sturdy trunk, or a seat with built-in storage, serves as a great place to stash shoes and boots, and also provides a place to perch when taking off your footwear. Find a similar wooden bench with storage at Argos and update it with a fresh lick of paint.