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How Styling Your Hallways Can Transform Your Home

You’ll likely pass through your hallway multiple times per day without paying it much attention and consequently, it can receive the least amount of love and maintenance. 

However, your hallway is the first place your guests see when they enter your home, setting the tone for the rest of the house and is where guests form their first impressions which is why it is in fact one of the most important rooms in the house.

“Hallways are the most important transitional spaces within our homes so whatever we choose to do decoration-wise has to work perfectly with the other rooms that lead off it.”  – Marianne Shillingford, creative director at Dulux.

In this guide, we’re going to be taking a look at some improvements you can make to transfer your home.

Update the Walls

Are your hallway walls still painted with the same magnolia shade as when you first moved in? If so, perhaps it’s time for a change. Your hallway is a place where you can get a bit more bold and creative as there is far less furniture for the walls and floors to clash with. 

Deep navies and emeralds look great in a stark contrast against white ceilings and skirting boards.

Check out this navy wallpaper which gives the illusion of panelled walls.

Why not try out an eye-catching patterned wallpaper to add interest and character to your space?

Check out this abstract shapes and leaves tropical wallpaper

Gallery Wall

It can seem difficult to make plain walls look more interesting, however, it is easy to create a gallery style space that adds a touch of personality to your hallway. By using picture frames, either of the same size or a range of different sizes, you can add character and interest to your home. These frames include family photos, prints or artwork from your favourite artists.

We love this quirky 5 piece exhibit style frame piece which can be hung at different angles to suit the shape of your hallway.


Mirrors can help to give the illusion of more space, making small rooms appear much larger. A mirror at the end of a dark hallway can also help to make it feel much lighter and brighter. The more unusual the shape of the mirror, the more attention it’ll attract too.

Check out this 80’s style retro circle shaped oversize mirror from Dunelm

We also love these irregular shaped mirrors from Etsy


When designing your hallway, it’s important to decide whether to prioritise the walls or floor when it comes to style. For example, if you’ve got solid coloured walls, you can opt for a much bolder style floor, whereas if you have intensely patterned walls, you’ll likely want to opt for a more simplistic carpet, floorboards or tiles.

Whilst plain carpets can add warmth and act as a great combination with patterned walls, patterned carpets can also look very effective and any dirt from muddy shoes tends to be less obvious on patterned carpets.

Patterned tiles offer the benefit of an interesting design with the added bonus of being easy to clean, unlike carpets. Mosaic style tiles can give a striking look, catching the eyes of your guests as they enter your home.

We love these monochrome statement tiles 

This warm wooden floor looks great against the bright white walls and door.


Whilst hard floors are in, nobody likes taking their shoes off and stepping onto cold tiles or wood. A Hallway runner can add additional comfort and act as the finishing touch that brings the hallway together

If you opt for a more simple floor but are still looking for something to make it stand out, why not take a look at hallway runners or rugs? These rugs run through the length of the hallway, adding patterns, pops of colour and breaking the room up a bit. We’d recommend a patterned runner as they tend to appear less dirty than plain rugs, particularly in a place where dirty shoes tend to be most.

We love this grey and white geometric runner from Next. Check it out here.

This runner from Argos uses bold shapes to create a striking look as you first enter your home and is also reversible. 


If storage space is limited in your hallway, why not use a small bench that doubles up as storage space and offers a seat for guests to take off their shoes.

We love the look of this four drawer shoe bench with a cushion for comfort

For larger hallways with staircases, why not utilise your under stairs storage space, keeping clutter out of the walkway.

Check out this sleek and modern under stairs storage system

Blinds and Shutters

Blinds are a great way to add a pop of colour or a bold pattern in the hallway, adding visual interest where there is less wall space for other decorative elements. Blinds can also introduce texture to a neutral hallway, framing windows beautifully.

We loves these patterned Roman blinds from Aspiration Blinds

These simplistic vertical blinds add a clean finish to the doors, also offering full control over lighting and privacy. Check out the rest of our fantastic range of blinds and shutters at Aspiration Blinds.

For more home styling tips and tricks, take a look at more of our helpful blog articles or book a free consultation with Aspiration Blinds today!

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