When you think of your home as an unread book, the hallway is the opening chapter. Just like any beginnings, first impressions can count.
Our hallways are pathways to the rest of our homes and whilst we might not spend too much time in them, well apart from yelling at the kids to hurry up as you head out the door, they should bring you as much joy as the rest of your home. There’s really no reason not to include them with your interior updates.
Hallways can also one of the most neglected spaces. It’s more a case of we don’t reside there so we often decorate our hallways as an afterthought. But it’s really the one space you can let you hair down and add some personality. Whether it be bold and daring or just adding some finite detail that makes all the difference. Thinking of your hallways, (no matter how large or small), will have an impact not only on those that visit but yourself and those that live there too.
Style Up Your Hallways!
I’ve sought out some of my favourite Instagram accounts that show how they’ve incorporated their hallways as part of their homes. I hope you find them as inspiring as I have.
Kate’s Hallway of Dreams
Let The Details Shine..
If, like Kate, you happen to have a period property that has original details still in place, let them shine through by keeping your decor choices neutral. Adding texture will lift and create additional interest which Kate has done with the likes of the sheepskin stool and baskets that house her plants.
Different forms of seating provide the feeling that the hallway is more than just a space to walk through but somewhere to sit and take time to contemplate. I for one would quite happily do just that.
Gallery walls to the hallway and again repeated to the staircase provide a personal touch with an insight to those that live there. Remember to allow some negative space between gallery walls if you have more than one so that your hallways don’t feel too busy.
You can see more of Kate’s swoon worthy home here.
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Faux Luscious Monstera Tree H146cm – Audenza | Essence Vintage Large Chandelier – French Bedroom Company | Large Cream Window Style Wall Mirror – Melody Maison |Garden Trading Bottle Laundry Basket – Garden Trading | Hungarian Settle Bench, Large in Clay – Garden Trading | Ceri Baa Sheepskin Stool – Baa Stool | Kahrs Tres Erve Matt Lacquer Engineered Wood – Carpetright
Fresh Blooms & Upcycled Delights – Mags aka @Glorygirl
Mags aka @glorygirl has created a hallway worthy of lingering in. Details such as adding fresh flowers can make all the difference especially if you’ve had a long day at work. There’s nothing like fresh floral scent to brighten your day or evening.
We all know how mirrors help spaces feel larger. Opting for a decorative mirror will not only add interest but will help reflect and bounce light around. They’re also practical for that last minute check before you head out the door.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on hallway furniture either. Take a tip from Mags and look out for bargains on the likes of eBay. This unit was a bargain on eBay for £13 and with a bit of tender love and care has transformed this former Victorian washstand into a beautiful practical storage/ surface area for her hallway.
Mags home is definitely worth a follow and you check the rest of her home out here.
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Ornate French Grey Wall Mirror – Melody Maison | Seasonal Bouquet – Real Flowers | Moss Wire WALL UNIT – Made.com | Console Table – Wayfair | White Patterned Hooks – Melody Maison | Habitation Parquet wood – Cotswold Manor | Pom Pom Basket Orange Pink Yellow – Postcardshome
Fantasia Fun – Jayne Girginc
When it comes to creating an eye-catching memorable entrance, Jayne has it off to a tee with her styling skills. Her ability to pull together different styles makes for an interesting and fun hallway. I’ve been following her for the last couple of years and her home in Turkey never ceases to amaze me for
Adding one piece of larger/statement artwork to your entrance will have more of an impact than a gallery wall. Place it where you want to draw interest to and you’ll create a focal point in your hallway.
Lighting in any room is important and this includes your hallways. Jayne has taken inspiration from her Willy Wonka artwork for her lighting which creates a sense of cohesion without being contrived.
Using more than one pendant as Jayne has also
Check out the rest of Jayne’s fabulous Turkish home here.
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Lene Bjerre Flora Cactus 96cm – Sweetpea & Willow | Wooster Top Hat Pendant by Jake Phipps – French Bedroom Company | 12 Drawer Chocolate Chest – Shimu | Seletti Outside Monkey Light – Hurn and Hurn | Derby Pattern Porcelain Tile – Tile Mountain | Mobilier de Compagnie – Ostrich Wall Console – Diva Black – Amara
When Small Can Be Cool & Pack A Punch! – Pati Robins
Eclectic Rock Glam – Pati Robins – Queen Of Maximalism & DIY
One of my favourite people on Instagram is Pati. Not only is she one of the
Texture & Colour Pop
Pops of colour lighten and provide impact and as I’ve mentioned before
Whilst you might think painting your hallways dark would make it feel smaller, Pati has added monochrome geometric patterned flooring that helps create the illusion of space. The angular patterns draw the eyes outwards and
Element of Fun
Like Jayne, Pati has also introduced some fun accessories and the bear side table just brings a smile to my face and hopefully yours. Hallways are a great place to introduce fun pieces like this too.
You can check out the rest of Pati’s amazing home here.
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Mirror – Madebydesign| La Volières Birdcage Pendant Lamp –Beaumonde | Black & Gold Round Convex Mirror – The Farthing | Cotswold Shoe Storage Unit in White Shoe Cabinet – Noa and Nani | Buddy Barrel Cactus in Garden Pot- Sweetpea & Willow | Gold ‘Rock On’ Hand – Audenza | Bear Holding Tree Trunk Slice – Side Table – Hurn & Hurn | Panoply Tiles – Walls & Floors | Lene Bjerre Flora Cactus 96cm – Sweetpea & Willow
Elle Hervin – Clever Use of Space
Feminine Soft Muted Colour Cohesive Design
You may recall that I’ve featured Elle’s beautiful home before. Full of soft muted colours that are easy on the eye, you’d never know that Elle is mum to three boys. Proving that actually you can have your cake and eat it and should decorate your home according to your style and tastes.
Elle has created a seating nook under the stairs perfect for the boys to snuggle up with a book or two or if I were Elle I’d use it as a place to escape from the kids. Either way, it’s a brilliant use of what is often unused space.
I love the practicality of this seating too as it provides hidden storage and is a great place for your little ones or yourself to sit and pop your shoes on before heading out the door.
Rugs are a great way to introduce colour and pattern into your hallway spaces. They’re also great for hiding unsightly floors offering you a cheaper alternative to ripping them up.
You may also want to think about painting your entry door to complement your hallway decor. It’s a wonderful way to add a pop of colour too if you want to liven things up.
Like Elle’s style? Check out her pretty home here.
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Kirkby Design x Eley Kishimoto ‘Loopy Link’ Cushion – Powder – Sweetpea & Willow| Tuscany Shopper Basket – Bohemia Design| Kukat Blanket in rose – Lapuan Kankurit | Signature Grey Hallway Storage Bench – Wooden Furniture Store| Pappelina – Carl Pale rose Ballet Runner Rug – Cloudberry Living | Loft 7D Ladies’ Seaform 7 Speed Ladies’ Bike – Electra Bicycle Company
I hope you’ve enjoyed all the hallway styling inspiration today. I’m currently in the throes of redesigning ours as it’s in desperate need of some TLC and I find it always help to seek inspiration before starting out.
Thanks as always for stopping by!
Do you know what, I am obsessed with SO many of these eclectic and unique looks! Also, I totally agree and think that hallways are a chance to really create a wow factor in your home! I love the top hat lighting fixture, how fun! Thanks so much for sharing! I have some unique products on my website, I’d love your feedback if any of them stand out in particular? XX
Aren’t they just brilliant! They’re certainly inspiring my hallway redesign at the moment in terms of how we can add some personality and wow factor to it. The hat lighting fixture in Jaynes hallway is ace and I really love her fun approach to her hallway. I’d be thrilled to provide you with some feedback and will hop on over and take a look!
Great post Maria – you know how much I love Kate Hollingsworth’s hallway. I think I could quite happily live in that hallway !
Thanks Lin and yes you and me both! It really is a hallway of dreams – it’s stunning!!
You’re so right, hallways can often be a bit of a neglected space, but this selection shows just how much of an impression you can make with a well designed hallway. I LOVE Pati’s home, her design Eye is testament to what you can do in a small space. Thank you so much for including some of our products too! X
Thanks Hollie and so pleased you enjoyed this post. You have so many amazing products, it really is hard not to include a few of them 😃 x
You have really reminded me that I need to update my hall. It’s really neutral and lacks personality for sure. Lovely eclectic ideas here. Very inspiring!
Mine is the same Donna, so really needed to write and research hallway styling to prompt myself to get going with ours!
I couldn’t agree more! It really is so important to make sure that the space you enter the house via is as wonderful as the rest of the house! First impressions really do count.
Aren’t they just! Hopefully others will agree too. Thanks for stopping by!
I feel liked I died and went to heaven when looking at Kate’s home. That hallway is a one big stunner 😍😍😍 I’m a big fan of Pati’s home too and her beautiful hallway is a proof that small spaces can be beautiful too. Good post Maria 😊
Isn’t it just the most amazing hallway Anne Marie!! 💕 I seriously love all the hallways here and Pati’s is incredibly inspiring being only 1 sqm So pleased you enjoyed this post! 😃
Just the inspiration I needed for my next project x
Wow so many ideas here! We have one of those “single file” hallways where no furniture would ever fit haha So detail on the walls is an absolute must!
Completely agree walls are your friend when it comes to narrow hallways 🤗
Hallways an often over looked and neglected space in a house. My hallway is minisucule (Victorian Terrace and less than 1m wide) so it’s all about the art work and the paint choice. Wonderful tips and inspiration Maria.
“the hallway is the opening chapter” I love that! So so true! It set the scene doesn’t it, and give away so much of the people living in the house. Also can we take a moment for the hats-pendant, these are epic!
They most certainly are the opening chapter 😁 and yes!!! Jaynes hallway with her hat pendants are simply fabulous 🤩