First impressions count so time to give your entrance hall the wow factor.
Your hallway sets the mood and tone for your entire home, so rather than playing it safe, create a vibrant and welcoming space that reflects both your taste and the style of the rest of the house.
Whether you prefer something bold and dramatic or calm and elegant, take your entrance hall from dull to delightful to make a great first impression. From statement stairs and stylish lighting to bright colours, mad murals and wonderful wallpapers, or deep, dark painted walls for grown-up glamour, there are countless ways to create lasting impact.
Frame the space with painted skirting boards or re-create a dado effect in paint – then take the design all the way around the room, doors included, for extra impact. For a more contemporary approach, Crittall doors can zone a space while also letting the light flood in. And staircases can serve a purpose far beyond the functional – transform yours into an architectural centrepiece.
Stunning entrance halls are not only for the child-free. A bright coloured stair runner is practical for high-traffic areas, plus it will help draw the eye up and can create a fun contemporary feel that packs a punch. Hallway receiving a daily bashing? Opt for hardwearing (but pretty) encaustic tiles or chic, marble slabs that don’t compromise on style.
Whatever you’re into, let these homes inspire you.
Laid-back stylishness and relaxed glamour underpins the look of this modern hallway. The hall is serene and layered with natural textures, from the sun-washed wooden floors to the battered leather sofa made comfortable with a soft linen cushion.
Get the look: Laura Ashley sell a similar mirror, or try Holly’s House. The Havana leather sofa at Rose & Grey is similar. This is the Pippy oak side table by Galvin Brothers.
Marble flooring in the entrance hall comes studded with brass for a museum-foyer vibe. A lift is concealed behind double doors on the left, providing easy access to the top floor.
Get the look: This is the Discus pendant by Jamie Gray for Matter-Made at Matter. The bench and cushion are from Ochre.
In this hallway, all internal doors have been removed, offering tantalising glimpses of the next space and creating an unfettered sightline through the ground floor – a view peppered with thought-provoking objets and art. One unifying element throughout is the salvaged Versailles parquet flooring, shipped over from Paris to be reassembled, a bit like a big jigsaw, complete with original wooden peg nails.
Get the look: The charcoal artwork by Richard Serra was bought at a charity auction at Phillips. This is Maarten Baas’s Clay console table. The vase is by Gaetano Pesce. The owl umbrella stand is from Graham and Green.
When you build something from scratch, the danger is that it can feel a little too clinical. To give this hallway character, the owners added touches of humour via neon light signs.
Get the look: The neon quote is from Hunter S Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and was made by The Neon Sign Store. The concrete floor is by Lazenby.
In this once drab basement, neutrals were ditched for a floral wallpaper and hexagonal flooring resulting in a bright family space.
Get the look: This is Merian Palm wallpaper by Timorous Beasties. Try Alexander & Pearl for a similar pendant light. Waterworks sells floor tiles like these. The chair is vintage – The Dormy House sells something similar.
This show-stopping hallway has an impressively stylish mix of sumptuous materials, luxe layers and edgy finishes. It’s playful and dramatic, elegant but a bit rock ‘n’ roll.
Get the look: The Frankie painting is by Sally Jane Fuerst. The Seventies green console is by Aldo Tura.
Arboretum is a fitting name for Sandberg‘s latest wallpaper collection, which features trails of gorgeous botanical foliage inspired by light and nature. It’s a mix of trailing hazel branches that brings a feeling of calmness into any space.
Get the look:This is Sandberg’s Aralia 640-02
At first glance, the artwork in the lobby looks like an old painting that’s been given a serious hammering. Is someone taking ‘vintage find’ to a new extreme? Perched on the side of the deliberately deconstructed painting is a tiny sculpted woodpecker, the “culprit” behind the artistic destruction.
Get the look: The artwork, called First Harvest in the Wilderness with Woodpecker, is by Valerie Hegarty and was bought from a gallery in California. This is La Musardiere toile wallpaper in Noir by Manuel Canovas.
Diamonds are forever, with the sliding door and ceiling – both also taking their cue from the Versailles parquet. The antique wall panel was found in the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen in Paris, but this context makes it feel more modern and interesting.
Get the look: Find a similar antique panel at The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair. The bench is upholstered in Dedar fabric. The bespoke door and cabinetry are by Olivier Gay. The forged side table is by Het Tafelbureau at Mint.
This opulent, oversized internal door was especially created, fusing traditional wood panelling reclaimed from an 18th-century Polish house with grills sourced from an architectural salvage yard on the Isle of Wight.
Get the look: The door was created by Christopher Brandler and painted in Farrow & Ball’s Off-Black estate eggshell.
A dark band of paint below the dado takes the inky shade from the living room ceiling and leads it up the stairs.
Get the look: Try Original Style for Victorian encaustic floor tiles. The Mongolian sheepskin bench was bought at 1stdibs.com. The cushion is from Graham and Green.
Pretty encaustic tiles highlight the pattern in the stained glass door.
Get the look: Try Original Style for Victorian encaustic floor tiles.
The impressive hallway blends period character with a striking yet neutral scheme and a dramatic
modern light fitting.
Get the look: This is the Etch Web pendant by Tom Dixon. The stair runner is by Roger Oates. This is the Zehnder Charleston radiator.
The thick, vibrant rugs in The Greenwich Hotel in New York were the inspiration for this space – with an added dash of British artistic licence.
Get the look: The rug is a custom-made design by Riviere. The artwork is by The Connor Brothers. This is BoConcept’s Satellite lamp.