Hallway decor ideas: how to brighten up your hallway

Hallway decor ideas: how to brighten up your hallway

The hallway is often the last place to be decorated and yet, it is the space through which we all pass several times a day. It needs to be both practical and functional, which can result in many of us feeling that the hallway lacks style. But not with these great hallway decor ideas! Whatever the season, give your hallway decor a facelift and turn it into a stylish space that works for your home and your family…

White painted walls

Hallways tend to be on the smaller side and often with little natural light. Whilst dark walls go well with rustic furniture and can add colour, depth and drama to the space, it can also make a hallway look smaller and narrower. If you shy away from white thinking it will be too stark and impractical, take another look. Use good quality, washable paint from a reputable manufacturer and paint walls, ceiling and woodwork in a subtle off-white or chalky white to add a warm brightness to your hallway decor.

hallway bench with padded seat

Creat an art gallery

Just because a hallway needs to be practical doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish. Hallways are usually gifted with large expanses of walls and this is perfect for creating your very own art gallery. As well as family photos, there is a growing range of affordable and chic contemporary art that can transform your hallway from ordinary to extraordinary.

Stylish hallway storage ideas

By its very definition, the hallway is the space where coats are kept, muddy boots are flung and where the dog paraphernalia lives. For a welcoming hallway, you want it to be tidy, but with all this stuff at hand for when you’re rushing out of the door. The right hallway storage furniture is the answer here. A hallway storage bench with wicker baskets for dog leads and gloves, as well as space to store school bags, shoes and more, is a worthwhile investment that fits well with any decorating scheme.

reclaimed wooden storage bench with rattan baskets

Try colour block walls

We’ve already discussed how colour can be difficult to add in a hallway, but that doesn’t have to mean it’s out of the question. Colour block walls help to create a colour statement and are a fantastic solution. Pops of colour bring life and personality to a space – choose light vibrant shades of green and blue or a fresh yellow. Instead of looking at your hallway just from the front door, think about how many other views of it you have. For example, sitting in the lounge, in your kitchen/diner or from the top of the stairs looking down. Work out what sections of walls you see and use this to determine your colour block walls.

Hallway decor practical additions

Of course, there needs to be a range of practical additions to your newly decorated hallway, such as….

  • Umbrella pots are great for stashing brollies and perfectly placed for grabbing hold of one on your way out of the door.
  • A wooden bench is perfect for sitting to pull off or pull on boots and shoes, as well as an ad hoc storage area for bags and scarves in baskets under the seat.

rattan storage bench lid open

Add carefully chosen hallway furniture, such as a rustic console table with a wall mirror above to bounce light around the space and a contemporary rug to add a dash of colour.

With all these great hallway decor ideas, you’re sure to be able to create a welcoming and stylish entrance to your home.