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.
Original features, such as the stair rail, cornicing and shutters, have been revived and cast-iron radiators were made to match the previous models.
Get the look The rug is by West Elm. The black door paint is by Benjamin Moore & Co.
As well as building a new staircase, the owners here installed a set of floor-level drawers by the front door for the family’s shoes – a clever touch that keeps clutter at bay.
Get the look Try Abigail Ahern for vases in this style.
Beyond the austere façade, the mood of this Georgian home is joyous and energetic – more Palm Springs than Bloomsbury. Designer, Rebekah Caudwell likes to break a few rules. She wanted an element of surprise as you walk in, so her vision for this Grade II-listed townhouse kicks off in the flagstoned entrance hall, with a wall crosshatched with vivid bolts of magenta, turquoise and yellow offset with peachy chairs.
Get the look The wallcovering is Circus by Cole & Son. The chairs were one-offs from Julian Chichester, bought at a sample sale. The round side table is vintage Fornasetti. Try Holly Johnson Antiques for similar.
A Crittall partition separates what was formerly a dark hallway from the reception room, while allowing light to flood the space.
Get the look The walls are painted in Wevet estate emulsion and the banisters in Railings dead flat, both by Farrow & Ball. The Spot painting is by Damien Hirst.
Black used on the living-room floor continues on the woodwork and stairs. The wide opening between the hall and living room is big enough for a photography crew to navigate as the house is used as a location.
Get the look The floor and woodwork is painted in Off-Black estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball. The wall in the hall is painted in French Grey Pale emulsion by Little Greene.
Seeing is believing when it comes to this floating timber staircase. These treads have been hollowed out and fitted on to a massive steel frame hidden in the wall and roof that helps support the entire building.
Get the look The cantilevered stairs are made from salvaged railways sleepers.
A mosaic based on a traditional Senegalese motif runs the length of this entrance hall.
Get the look The Shadowy chair is by Tord Boontje for Moroso.
As the hallway isn’t a space where you’d spend a lot of time, the space can afford for a more intense colour.
Get the Look Doorframe in Neon Pink by Bristol Paint. Peacock chair from Liberty of London. Rug from Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton Park. Pendant light from antiques.co.uk. All wall art bought on travels or gifted.
This newly expanded hallway is a favourite part of the house. The genius of Jonathan Douglas, the architect, was to reconfigure and extend this space so it feels wide.
Get the look Parisian Blue limestone flooring, Mandarin Stone. Walls, Purbeck Stone Estate Emulsion, Farrow & Ball. Copper mirror, Holly’s House.
Nothing’s too formal in this elegant period terrace. The owners have created a family home that can cope with the scuffs and scrapes of life with two youngsters and a puppy.
Get the look The abstract painting is by Tahnee Lonsdale. These are Mirror Ball pendant lights by Tom Dixon. The stair runner is from Tim Page Carpets.
Inspired by Le Corbusier’s simple lines, the owners of this home spent two years simplifying the layout of this box build, where main living spaces now occupy the first floor, accessed by a contemporary wooden staircase, designed by architect Aida Djahandari.
This dark grey hallway boasts an oversized photograph shipped over from Amsterdam. The walls are purposefully painted dark – it’s often better to go dark than to try to lighten up a space that will never be that light in the first place.
Get the look: The wall is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Gray estate emulsion. The photograph by Igor Vasiliadis is from the Lionel Gallery in Amsterdam. The footstools are from Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair and were re-covered in Nuit velvet by Christian Lacroix. This is the Silver Rings rug by David Rockwell for The Rug Company.
Super-durable, wood-effect ceramic tiles were chosen for this hallway, which sees a lot of traffic. They were simply laid over the existing tiles. And although they can be tricky to clean, they’re very hard-wearing.
Get the look: The tiled flooring is from Texfield. This is the Museum bench by French Connection Home. The child’s racing car is from After Noah.
In this entrance hall, the floor features two types of marble cut into a fractured geometric patten – inspired by a photo of American artist Cy Twombly’s studio. It’s the first thing you see as you enter, so it sets the tone.
Get the look: These are Bardiglio and Calacatta Gold marble tiles, cut for a custom pattern, supplied by Superior Selected Stone. This is the Penarth mirror from Crate & Barrel. This is the Mini Orbs wall light by Allied Maker. This is a vintage lacquered goatskin console table by Karl Springer – find similar at auction houses. The decorative homeware on top of the console is from CB2. This is the Discus Pendant 3 ceiling light by Matter. The artwork is by Geoff McFetridge.
A distinctive wallpaper was chosen to counteract the sternness of the original Greek-style stone walls and floor in the entrance / vestibule.
Get the look: The walls are painted in Lime Tree no 96 from Designer’s Guild. The wallpaper is Summer Palace Grass PDG657/01 from Designer’s Guild. The wicker Fox chairs and footstalls are by Sika from Designer’s Guild. The overhead Heracleum II copper pendant lamp is by Moooi.
The Crittall doors used here mean that the adjoining garage – housing custom motor bikes – is cleverly transformed into an innovative viewing gallery.
Get the look: The Crittall doors are custom-made. The photograph of Iggy Pop is by Roger Dagerman. This is an R nineT motorcycle by BMW.
What an entrance hall! Keeping the furnishings and decor minimal in this hall creates a clean transition between the different rooms and storeys of the house.
Get the look: The circular sofa is a bespoke design by Studio DB.
The house’s dark Edwardian roots shine through in this hallway. In the hallway the period mood really holds sway, with lighted windows, wood panelling and turned banisters. The house’s original Edwardian tiles are partnered with darkest walls.
Get the look: The large artwork is an artist’s proof by Stuart Semple.
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.
High ceilings and dramatic doorways compliment statement accessories in the hallway.
Get the look: The main walls are painted in London Dove with the pillars painted in Purple Basel. The feature walls are covered in Boratti Pearl wallpaper PDG682/08 and Saraille Grape P600/10. The silver mirror and silver console table are both from The French Bedroom Company.
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.
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.