Hallway decorating ideas – because first impressions count

The entrance of a house should set the tone for what is to come. From coolly restrained to bolding dramatic, our gallery of looks for halls will start things off on the right foot.

Hallway decorating isn’t always easy, but it should be.

From the first space any guest sees to the circulation zones between rooms, all the hallways in your home demand serious design attention.

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Besides often being overlooked, they’re also cursed with limited light and no natural focal point, so you need some solid interiors know-how to transform them into artful spaces. As well as looking inviting in its own right, a hallway should set the tone for the rest of your home. Move it up on your decorating agenda: it’s a place to be bold and show your personality. Winning schemes pay attention to wall and floor treatments, mood and storage – whether concealed or statement, fit plenty to ensure that it doesn’t become a glorified dumping ground.

The hallway is usually the first area of your home that visitors encounter and, as such, should be a reflection of your taste and personality. You can go flamboyant or pared back: nothing is off limits as long as the scheme is in tune with the rest of your home and not a one-off statement that competes with other rooms.

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Remember that lighter colours give the appearance of more space, while darker tones will bring the room in, resulting in a cosier, more intimate feeling. Similarly, a wallpaper with a large motif will introduce a sense of drama, while a smaller design will help to make the hallway appear more spacious.

With no, or few, windows, hall lighting is critical. As with most schemes, the key is to layer different sources. Try to include ambient or background lighting; task lighting for areas such as a post table; and accent lighting to pick out features, such as a mirror or doorway.

From interior details to inventive suggestions for storage, be inspired by these design-led ideas for entrances, hallways and landings.