Hallway ideas: 37 clever design tricks and schemes for a fresh and modern look

Stunning hallway ideas to give your entrance hall some wow factor

hallway ideas with concealed storage
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We've pulled together 37 impressive hallway ideas to give your entrance hall a fresh new look. From clever concealed storage and space-saving ideas to comfy seating, statement lighting, colour schemes that work and decorative ideas that make you go "wow", find all the inspiration you need below.

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 staircase ideas 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. The below brightly coloured stair runner ideas are 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 hallway ideas inspire you.

1. Upgrade an old door to a modern pivot design for a light and clean look

This front door pivots open into a light, bright hallway. The frosted glass front door lets in plenty of light, but the sky light makes this an even brighter space. The calm palette is punctuated only with minimalist lines of black.

hallway ideas with pivot door

2. Opt for cool Crittal for modern, punchy looks

The Crittall doors used here mean that the adjoining garage – housing custom motor bikes – is cleverly transformed into an innovative viewing gallery. 

hallway ideas with crittall doors

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.

3. Incorporate chic concealed storage

A floating marble console table offers a chic surface for the vase of flowers, post or keys. A large built in wardrobe with sliding doors offers stylish storage for coats.

hallway ideas with concealed storage

4. Can you spot the genius hidden storage in this hallway?

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. 

hallway ideas with hidden drawers

Get the look Try Abigail Ahern for vases in this style.

5. For maximum grandeur, create a central entrance hall with ceilings that stretch to the top

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. 

hallway ideas with wow factor

Get the look: The circular sofa is a bespoke design by Studio DB.

6. Inject instant energy with a modern wallpaper

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. 

hallway ideas with statement feature wall

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 distinctive wallpaper was chosen to counteract the sternness of the original Greek-style stone walls and floor in the vestibule of this Georgian house in Bristol.

hallway ideas with wallpaper

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.

7. Use a stair runner to add accent colour

The house’s dark Edwardian roots shine through in this hallway, but a bright red stair runner breaks it up with a pop of bright colour. 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. 

hallway ideas with red stair runner

Get the look: The large artwork is an artist’s proof by Stuart Semple.

8. Or add a vibrant hallway rug or runner

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. 

hallway ideas with hallway runner rug

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.

White painted wood walls create a light, bright hallway below. Pops of blues give this space a slight nautical feel. 

hallway ideas with rug

Get the look: Lighting; Schoolhouse Electric. Paint colour; Sherwin Williams Alabaster.

9. Divide a hallway with a glass screen to let in more light

A glass partition screen separates what was formerly a dark hallway from the reception room, while allowing light to flood the space. 

hallway ideas with glass partition

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.

10. Highlight period features

Pretty encaustic tiles highlight the pattern in the stained glass door. 

hallway ideas with stained glass windows and victorian period features

Get the look: Try Original Style for Victorian encaustic floor tiles.

11. Highlight tall ceilings with a statement pendant

The impressive hallway blends period character with a striking yet neutral scheme and a dramatic modern light fitting. 

hallway ideas with statement hallway lighting

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.

12. Modernise a hallway with a personalised neon sign

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 vianeon light signs. 

hallway ideas with neon sign

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.

13. Add a handy console table

Designed by Beata Heuman, this hallway is full of beautiful pieces, including the entry hall table with cabriole legs and metal studs. A wooden mirror hangs above an ornate sideboard with two bird lamps.

hallway ideas with hallway console table

14. Modernise marble floors with geometric pattern

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. 

hallway ideas with modern marble flooring

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.

15. Or add brass floor studs for a museum-like vibe

Marble flooring in this 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.

hallway ideas with black marble floor

Get the look: This is the Discus pendant by Jamie Gray for Matter-Made at Matter. The bench and cushion are from Ochre.

16. Zone and separate using a change in flooring – but keep it flush

Caroline Cobbold created a neutral hallway in this traditional Victorian terrace in London. Hallway tiles zone and separate the entrance corridor from the adjoining rooms, but the wood floorboards seamlessly connect so that flooring remains flush.

hallway flooring

17. Hang a foxed / antiqued mirror for a more heritage look

A Crittall glass door floods this entrance hall with natural light. The foxed mirror bounces light around the room and adds aged elegance. 

hallway ideas with crittall door

Get the look: Console – Uhuru. Custom Antiqued Mirror installation by Paige Glass. Atlas Lantern from Formations. Custom window treatments in Presidio Classics. Brass Hardwick Table Lamps from Vaughan Designs.

18. Add bench seating along an unused wall

The pink from the antique Gustavian bench complements the warm tones of the Alex Katz artwork. 

hallway ideas with bench seating

Get the look: Antique Gustavian Bench from 1st Dibs w/custom cushion in Perennials Rough n Rowdy Watermelon. Artwork – Alex Katz.

19. Open and brighten up cramped hallways with white

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. 

white hallway ideas

Get the look Parisian Blue limestone flooring, Mandarin Stone. Walls, Purbeck Stone Estate Emulsion, Farrow & Ball. Copper mirror, Holly’s House.

20. Add drama with black painted accents

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. 

black and white hallway ideas

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.

21. Conceal radiators behind perforated doors

Radiators have been cleverly built into the archways in this hallway. 

hallway ideas with hidden radiators

Get the look: This is the Fontana Arte Mirror, a Karl Springer Console Table, and Jeremy Liebman artwork. The pale pink pendants are from Douglas and Bec. Flooring is Dinesen wide plank fir with a white soap finish.

22. Stick to a neutral colour scheme for a light and airy look

Bleached oak flooring, a neutral palette and natural materials create a light and lovely entrance.

neutral hallway ideas

Get the look: Credenza and Mirror, Lind + Almond

23. Layer in texture but stick to the same colour palette

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. 

neutral hallway ideas

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.

24. Punctuate a white scheme with slim black lines

The main stairway area continues the theme, with a few subtle black accents – like the balustrade, bench and minimalist wall light – to prevent the space from feeling too bland. It’s the perfect balance. 

light airy hallway ideas

Get the look: Table, Nickey Kehoe. Bench, Design By Them.

25. Frosted glass retain privacy while still letting in light

Frosted glass double doors open into a light filled hallway with a relaxed vibe.

hallway ideas with frosted glass doors

26. Paint below the dado rail for instant drama or colour

A dark band of paint below the dado takes the inky shade from the living room ceiling and leads it up the stairs.

hallway ideas with dado rail

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.

27. Give traditional ideas an unexpected twist

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. 

hallway ideas with parquet hallway flooring

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.

28. Use the hallway to set the tone for the rest of the home

This hallway's walls are painted a high-sheen shade of aubergine.

maximalist hallway ideas

Similarly in Matthew Williamson's London home below, wild colour sets the tone for the rest of his apartment.

pink hallway ideas

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.

29. Hide main home from view for a sense of intrigue

Stepping inside this Australian bush home, you enter a space that is dark yet vibrant, and utterly intriguing. 

black hallway ideas

Get the look: Polar Wall Light by Ross Gardam. Reeno bench by Grazia & Co. Stained plywood in Palm Beach Black by Porter’s Paints. Bluestone crazy pave tile from Australian Slate and Stone

30. Freshen up old floorboards with a lick of white paint

Guests are greeted with a light and spacious hallway. An oversized mirror bounces light around, while painted white floorboards add to the fresh look.

hallway ideas with painted white floorboards

31. Stick to one theme

Every material in this hallway oozes relaxed, beach vibes, from the sanded wood floors and walls to the linens, jutes, wickers and rope details.

Rustic hallway ideas

32. Up-cycle reclaimed materials for an industrial look

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. 

industrial hallway ideas

Get the look The cantilevered stairs are made from salvaged railways sleepers.

33. Create a mosaic floor for an unexpected tile feature

A mosaic based on a traditional Senegalese motif runs the length of this entrance hall. 

mosaic hallway floor ideas

Get the look The Shadowy chair is by Tord Boontje for Moroso.

34. Replace clunky staircases with a more space-saving and streamlined design

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.

clean lines

  • See also: 75 Modern staircase ideas  to transform your staircase into something extraordinary

35. Add interest to your hallway with a statement art piece

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. 

hallway art ideas

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.

36. Complement a colour scheme with a matching hallway or stair runner

High ceilings and dramatic doorways compliment statement accessories in this hallway. 

hallway ideas with stair runner

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.

37. Snap up an antique door for statement looks

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. 

Statement Door

Get the look: The door was created by Christopher Brandler and painted in Farrow & Ball’s Off-Black estate eggshell.