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Small hallway ideas – 10 tips to make your entrance hall look bigger

by Monika Bürger
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Small hallway ideas are often overlooked, despite setting the decorative tone for the rest of your home. But a combination of practical storage and design know-how can turn this traditionally transitional space into a welcoming place to linger, no matter the size.

Think of your hallway as a room in its own right and not just as an interim space. Once you’ve made the most of its natural features, consider how to personalize it from a decorative point of view with the best hallway ideas and decorating tips for small spaces.

SMALL HALLWAY IDEAS – MAXIMIZE YOUR HALL WITH CLEVER INTERIOR DESIGN TRICKS

Hallways are where first impressions are made and the scene is set for what lies beyond. It’s important to appreciate the significance these spaces give to the overall feel of a home so do remember that first impressions count.

1. CONSIDER SCALE, LIGHT AND COLOR IN A SMALL HALLWAY

Hallway with herringbone floor looking towards a living space
(Image credit: Future / Davide Lovatti)

Remember that lighter colors give the appearance of more space, while darker tones will bring the room in, resulting in a cozier, more intimate feeling. 

Similarly, a hallway wallpaper with a large motif will introduce a sense of drama, while a smaller design will help to make the hallway appear more spacious.   

Hard-wearing paints or tough, wipeable wall covering is best for particularly busy areas, says Claire Vallis, Design Director of the Harlequin Design Group. ‘This is more important in family homes.’ 

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2. DECORATE WITH YOUR FAVORITE COLOR

Hallway with turquoise wall and blue console
(Image credit: Future / Sarah Maingot)

Give this often-overlooked space a little bit of love with the additional color.

Here, saturated shades of cobalt, malachite, and verdigris combine with botanical motifs to bring natural depth and earthiness to interiors. A low-hung pendant is a great way to add emphasis to the furniture below.

When introducing color, it’s best to avoid too many different shades; the choice of one hue for wall and floor treatments can be very effective,’ advises interior designer, Tara Bernerd.

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3. TONE IT DOWN AND OPT FOR SOPHISTICATION 

Dark blue paintwork in a hallway with console table
(Image credit: Ted Todd)

If you love the idea of painting your woodwork in a color, just not bright yellow like above, you can opt for a darker shade like this navy, it still creates a bold design feature in your hall as Robert Walsh, Founder and Owner of Ted Todd Fine Wood Floors  explain:

‘Hallways should be just as beautiful as any other room and should take you on a journey through the home. To keep the hallway light and airy, choosing a paler wood floor will not only bring the great outdoors in but will keep the space feeling bright. Introducing a pattern such as a chevron or a herringbone will help to draw your eye through the space making it feel bigger, too. 

What’s more, lighter floors offer a contemporary feel and will add a subtle statement allowing you to use bolder colors elsewhere – why not opt for dark blue, gray, or green for your doors, frames, and other woodwork to add contrast and balance to the space?’

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4. ADD A STANDOUT PATTERN FOR IMPACT

Hallway with leopard print carpet
(Image credit: Future / Catherine Gratwicke)

Pack a punch with a well-chosen stair runner that reflects your personality. 

Areas of the home that we pass through rather than living in, such as a  cloakroom or hallway, can be the perfect opportunity for the tamer among us to try out the trend. Setting a print carpet against a backdrop of low-key décor can also have a rather pretty, boho look, as seen here. 

Everything else in this hallway scheme has been left neutral so that the carpet is the focus as you walk into the house. This is a look that’s effective, but simple to achieve, as it doesn’t involve elaborate decorating everywhere else. 

It’s worth noting that the stairs have been painted white, compared with the dark-wood floors, to let the pattern stand out.

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5. DECORATE WITH AN ACCENT COLOR FOR IMPACT

Hallway with green paintwork on cabinets and sisal runner towards door
(Image credit: Little Greene)

Entrance halls needn’t be dull, in fact, they can be quite the opposite. But that doesn’t mean they need to be full of bright colors. We love the contrast between Little Greene’s Dark Brunswick Green and the use of Portland Stone Light (walls) and Portland Stone on the dado rail, door, and trim. The green is enough to create a statement but when balanced with the neutrals, including the terracotta tiles and coir runner, it works perfectly as a strong accent shade.

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6. USE SYMMETRY AS A DESIGN FEATURE

Hallway with console table
(Image credit: KDLoves)

A hallway is the first part of your home that anyone will see when they enter, so it’s important to make sure it’s a true reflection of your personality and style,’ explains Emma Deterding, Founder and Creative Director of Kelling Designs.

‘To keep a brighter feel, opt for neutral tones on the walls as they’ll keep the small hall fresh and use a large mirror to help reflect light whilst giving the illusion of space. A console table will not only allow you to display personal touches and prized possessions but will also be practical to drop bags, keys, and mail as you go in and out of the house. 

Here, a pair of matching table lamps will help create symmetry and balance, and opting for lampshades and upholstery in bright colors and bold patterns will allow you to bring your personality into the space, whilst setting the mood for the rest of your home.’

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7. LEAD THE EYE WITH A RUNNER

Hallway with patterned runner and console bench
(Image credit: Future / Catherine Gratwicke)

Whatever the size of your entrance hall, there is always a way to make an impact. 

Traditional hallways in period homes are often narrow, so look at ways of deceiving the eye. Consider using a floor runner to lead the eye towards a vista and try leaving internal doors leading off of the hall open to increase a sense of space. 

A hall also offers the opportunity to be brave with color, particularly with soft furnishings that can be easily changed. Here, an eye-catching runner and wall hanging lend vibrancy without overwhelming.

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8. CREATE INTEREST WITH OBJECTS

Hallway with yellow wallpaper and baskets on table
(Image credit: Future / Tom Leighton)

Set the tone the moment you walk through the door with a strong symmetrical arrangement, such as this collection of woven African baskets displayed on a French bistro table. 

The earthy colors of the baskets harmonize with the frames of the botanical print and the amber-colored walls; a statement chandelier completes the effect.

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9. USE ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

Hallway with tall arched ceiling
(Image credit: M. Lavender Interiors / Chris Bradley)

When faced with interesting curves and beautiful detailing, it seems a shame not to make a feature of them. We love the way this hallway has been decorated with a deep turmeric color on the inside that gives it a cocoon-like feel. The dark wood flooring contrasts with the color scheme whilst at the same time creates continuity from the hallway to the living room.

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10. CREATE A COHESIVE COLOR SCHEME 

Hallway with green floral wallpaper and green bench
(Image credit: Future / Chris Everard)

When creating a scheme, view your hallway as an integral part of your home. 

Try to ensure the decoration is in harmony with any rooms leading off it, as well as with the stairway, balustrades, and landing (if visible), and also that paint colors and wallpapers do not clash.

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HOW DO YOU MAKE A SMALL HALLWAY LOOK GOOD?

It’s worth making the most of the bones of your hallway – if you live in a period property, consider keeping things simple and exposing original features such as cornicing, ceiling roses, encaustic flooring, and handrails. In contemporary spaces, aim for a central feature, such as a striking glass staircase, a frameless picture window, or statement lighting. 

Often, a less-is-more approach pays dividends so do start by highlighting the strengths of this space. Many hallways suffer from being too narrow as well as lacking in light. Try to turn yours into something more than a transitional space – significant changes such as replacing a solid wall with striking Crittall windows will allow light to be borrowed from adjoining rooms while updating a front door with larger glass panels will illuminate the area. 

Smaller tweaks such as adjusting your lighting scheme can be just as impactful. Choose a layered approach, adding subtle dimmable recess up-lighters and ceiling lights combined with the warm yellow glow of table lamps. Don’t forget to consider your staircase too.

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