Design Basics: The Hallway

Our designers' top tips

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Hallways are often overlooked spaces in a home, but they play a crucial role in connecting rooms and creating flow within a living space. A well-designed hallway can not only be functional, but it can also add beauty and character to a home. We've asked our designers for their most valuable tips and ideas for designing a hallway space that is both stylish and practical.

1. Create a Focal Point

One of the easiest ways to add interest to a hallway is by creating a focal point. This could be a piece of artwork, a statement light fixture, or a bold wallpaper pattern. By drawing the eye towards a specific area of the hallway, you can make the space feel less like a pass-through area and more like an intentional part of the home's design.

2. Use Lighting Strategically

Good lighting is key in a hallway, as it can help to make the space feel larger and more inviting. If your hallway lacks natural light, consider using a combination of overhead and wall-mounted lighting to create a bright, welcoming atmosphere. Additionally, using dimmer switches can allow you to adjust the light levels depending on the time of day and the mood you want to create.

3. Add Functional Storage

Hallways can be a great place to add storage solutions that are both stylish and practical. Consider adding wall-mounted shelves or cabinets to store books, shoes, or other items that tend to clutter up living spaces. Wall-mounting creates an illusion of more space and raises the eye off of the ground. You could also use a console table or bench with storage options underneath to provide a convenient spot for keys, post and other small items.

4. Think About Flooring

Flooring is another important aspect of designing any hallway space. These spaces tend to receive a lot of foot traffic, so it's important to choose a durable flooring option that can stand up to wear and tear. Hardwood or tile flooring are both great choices, as they are easy to clean and maintain. Additionally, using a runner rug or carpet tiles can help to soften the space and add a pop of colour or pattern.

5. Dont Forget About the Walls

Remember to consider the walls when designing a hallway. Using a neutral paint colour can help to create a cohesive look throughout the home, while adding wallpaper or a bold paint colour can add personality and interest to the space. Additionally, using moulding can add architectural interest and help to break up a long hallway into smaller, more intimate spaces.

6. Details Matter

Like in any room of the home, adding personal touches in your hallway creates a touch of personality to a room and tells the story of your space. Styling such as mirrors, artwork and ornaments can be added in among personal mementoes such as photos and souvenirs. Remember, the hallway is the first room many people will see when they first enter your home, so it will essentially be an introduction to you and your life.




The best advice we can give you is on a one-to-one basis. Our designers can help your specific dining dilemmas with tailored advice that addresses your personal needs, wants and tastes. Available in-store, online or in your own home; explore our free interior design service today.

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