5 Gorgeous Hallway Decorating Ideas

Hallways are an important part of the home, after all, first impressions count and your hallway is the first part of your home that your visitors will experience. Showing off an amazing hallway when you open your door will leave your guests feeling impressed and eager to see the rest of your home.  A lovely hallway is also really important if you want your guests to feel relaxed and at home; being greeted by a messy hallway with shoes and coats strewn everywhere complete with a tired looking doormat and unloved walls will leave a disappointed feeling in the air.

This all might sound really obvious, but hallways are so often overlooked and disregarded. With this in mind, we’ve come equipped with 5 clever and super easy hallway decorating ideas for you. With these quick tips, you’ll be able to create a truly welcoming, bright and warm hallway space, ready for your visiting friends and family!

1. Play with colour – add zest with a memorable spark of colour. This is an easy way to create a fun and bright vibe with a splash of uplifting colour. Say goodbye to 4 magnolia walls and welcome a pop of bright yellow, sophisticated teal or chic midnight blue. You don’t have to go all-out and paint every wall; instead, to create a sense of greater space and brightness, simply paint one feature wall with your chosen colour and leave the rest of the walls white. Decorating this way will encourage the light to bounce around your hallway, making it even more light and airy and most of all, welcoming. Even adding a brightly coloured lampshade can make a big difference.

2. Add texture – for a warm, welcoming and cosy feel, feed your guests’ senses with sumptuous fabrics, silk flowers and luxurious curtains. The great thing is you can add texture quickly and easily; our favourite ways to do this are to 1) drape a cosy woollen throw over your hallway bench or a chair for a homely feel 2) source pretty silk flowers to add to a vase for added colour and luxurious texture 3) hang a door curtain at the front door – this could be a ready made curtain or a piece of your favourite fabric made into a curtain, either option is a great way to create a sumptuous, warm and welcoming atmosphere for your guests and it can help to retain heat during the colder months, too!

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3. Introduce clever storage – hallways can quickly become dumping grounds. Shoes, coats, dog leads, keys and everything else in between live in our hallways and it’s only right that we give them a home of their own. By incorporating item-specific storage into your hallway you’ll create a space which is much less chaotic and much more sleek and calm. As we said earlier, first impressions count, so be savvy and try not to add too much storage. Adding a blanket box could solve your storage issues whilst providing a comfortable place to sit when putting your shoes on. A small console table with a draw will also solve your ‘bits-and-bobs’ housing issues as well as providing stylish space to display vases of flowers and photo frames.

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4. Indulge in metallic tones – decorating with metallic colours and accessories is a great way to create a modern, grown-up hallway. Metallic ornate mirrors, metallic picture frames and even a carefully planned lick of metallic paint will add a touch of sass in no time. If you’re brave and want to create a dramatic entrance, think along the lines of painted midnight blue walls with gold highlights. If that’s a little too much for your liking, have a look at metallic wallpapers; there are lots of lovely designs out there which use lighter colours i.e. cream or light grey with metallic pattern overlays. If that’s still too much, why not consider a metallic lampshade instead.

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5. Be brave with patterns – geometric patterns are bang on trend at the moment and they’re particularly effective in metallic colours. Paint your walls in your desired base colour and use a geometric stencil to add a metallic pattern. Marble effects are ‘in’ too and look great wallpapered as a feature wall. We particularly love repeat Moroccan patterns which are gorgeous when used to create an eye catching tiled floor. For the adventurous out there, we’ve seen a repeat flamingo pattern wallpaper which looks amazing used on a feature wall – the pop of pink colour really gives a bright, uplifting vibe!

And there you have it: some of our favourite hallway decorating ideas. Let us know if you’re decorating your hallway this weekend – we’d love to see your before and after photos! If you’d like to see our range of stylish storage furniture check out the website or pop into one of our stores to see our full range in person.

Happy decorating!

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