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Making a grand entrance: stylish hallway ideas

If it weren’t for our hallways we’d never get anywhere in our homes! Hallways are the central glue that holds a home together, taking us from one room to the next. But far from being just a connecting corridor, in the most stylish homes, a hallway is a celebrated space, where creativity and ingenuity come together. After all, the hallway (or entranceway) is the first impression guests have of your home. So, being met with piles of assorted shoes and coats probably isn’t the warmest welcome.

We’ve scoured the Internet, Instagram and our own image archives, to bring you the most inspiring ideas for transforming an unloved entrance into a beautiful space. No more opening the front door – just a slither – out of sheer embarrassment with these inspirational hallways ideas there’s nothing to hide.

Light filled hallways feel fresh and airy

Let There Be Light!

This modern double-height hallway (as seen on Ideal Home) makes the most of the outdoors with glass panels that let the light shine in. If your hallway lacks natural daylight, try adding in glass bricks – or an oversized mirror – both of which will inject more light into dimly lit spaces and open up your hall for a fresh and airier feel.

Exclusive Mirrors has a wide range of impactful statement mirrors to brighten up any drab and dreary hall

Grouping vintage finds makes a strong style statement

Stackable Suitcases

If you’re a fan of clever vintage finds and a modern industrial look this stacked suitcase tower is sure to be a hit. As well as adding interest and providing a strong style statement, the arrangement fits perfectly into underused space. Without disrupting the hallway’s natural flow.

Gumtree is a great place to pick up second hand goods while car boot sales are a fun way to track down vintage finds

Hallways are a great place to experiment with wallpaper

Warming Walls

A hallway is a great place to experiment with a feature wallpaper that you may not be brave enough to apply elsewhere in your home. As this image from House Beautiful shows even a dual tone pattern in a warming hue like metallic gold can brighten up plain walls. Without being overbearing.

This geometric wallpaper from I Love Wallpaper has a metallic accent and moreover it comes in 4 contrasting colours

Tiled floors give an entrance elegance

Tile Print Floors

Considering your hallway is the first place you walk in from outdoors, carpet is already an impractical choice for this part of your home. But, before you commit to floorboards take a moment to consider the impact a tiled floor can have. Once a trademark of Victorian and Edwardian houses, tiled floors are making a comeback. And, if you want your hallway to make a statement it doesn’t get much better than this.

Walls and floors have great catalogue of wall and floor tiles with beautiful patterned finishes

Bright colour pops are a hard statement to ignore

Be Bold With Colour

A bright colour pop never fails to get noticed. So, if you want your hallway to make an instant impression consider experimenting with a bold colour choice. You don’t have to paint the entire wall from floor to ceiling either as a slick of colour can hold just as much weight. And, if anything be even more daring than a solid colour finish.

Dulux has a wide range of paint colours to experiment with. Including its colour of the year Heart Wood

A dark colour statement works wonders in open spaces

Embrace Gothic Glam

If you want to capture more drama in your hallway, and you aren’t afraid to go dark, then a black or inky blue wall can really be impactful. Of course, this works best in homes where the hallway is wide and lots of natural light enters (it tends to shrink small spaces). But, the overall effect (if you’re brave enough) is one of deep drama and stylish gothic elegance.

Farrow and Ball have 12 dark shades in their paint range – perfect for adding instant drama to your hall

Combining textures can be done to beautiful effect

Combine Textures And Patterns

It’s in our human nature to want to make things gel together beautifully, but just because something is different doesn’t mean it can’t complement. As this hallway featured in Good Housekeeping proves, being playful with different textures, patterns and finishes results in a beautiful statement.

Wall art is the perfect way to clash prints and colours in a hall. The Art Gallery sales original works by some of Britain’s most talented new artists

However you decorate make sure it reflects your tastes

Go Totally OTT

Of course, maybe you aren’t someone who likes to play it safe. Perhaps every room in your home is a mishmash of statement ideas all with your own personal style stamp attached. In which case, why should your hallway be any different? Your hallway (like everywhere else in your home) should reflect your own tastes as this offering from Houzz clearly does.

Uncommon Goods is the perfect online shop to find unique home accessories with oodles of personality

5 Furniture Updates To Make In Your Hallway

As our statement gallery demonstrates, a hallway definitely shouldn’t be a furniture free space. So, with that in mind, here are 5 furniture items that can help make a statement in your home’s hall

An Accent Chair

Accent chairs like The Lullington are right at home in a hallway

Product featured:The Lullington Accent Chair shown in House Wool Ink from £525

A blanket box

Blanket boxes like The Ludwell provide a handy perch to sit on that also double up as a storage solution.

The Ludwell Blanket Box shown in House Linen Laurel from £447

A Love Seat

Love seats like The Atworth, which squeeze snugly into nooks and crannies, look equally great in halls and entrances

The Atworth love seat sofa/ sofa bed shown in Linen Cotton Dove from £753/£983

A Day Bed
Day beds like The Buttermere look impactful in any room and, what’s more, hallways are no exception

The Buttermere day bed shown in Country Linen Zinc from £885

A Chaise Longue

If it’s a statement entrance you’re after The Bingham chaise longue will deliver on expectations

The Bingham chaise longue shown in from £779

Get A Look You Love

Did you know that every handmade furniture item in our range comes in 130 different fabrics? That span natural cottons and tweeds, to wools and matt velvets. And, all in a wide array of colours too?

Take a look at our free samples page to see the full fabric selection we offer on all our Willow & Hall furniture so you can customise your item to your own taste. And, for advice from our expert team email [email protected] or call 020 8939 3800.

Kind regards,

The Willow & Hall team

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