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How To Update Your Hallway

Your entrance can be more than just an in-between space, it’s the first area people see when entering your home so it has to have a lasting impression. As hallways typically don’t have huge amounts of space to work with, you need to think about key features carefully such as bold wallpapers, colour combinations, patterned tiles and lighting.

Take into consideration how you use the space, do you get home and throw your coat on a chair or pile your shoes up right next to the door? Create balance between style and practicality, utilise unused space and add simple built in cupboards for coats, or incorporate much needed shoe storage with integrated bench seat. These are all perfect for busy lifestyles.

When thinking about your overall decor look at key colours and schemes that already run through your home, carrying them through to the hallway. This ensures there is a natural flow as soon as you step through the door, straight through to additional adjoining rooms in the home.

Read on to discover inspiring ideas for updating your hallway.

Easy To Achieve And Affordable Decor

If you haven’t got a large budget for furniture or have no plans to renovate your existing staircase, you can transform your hallway by simply refreshing the decor. Change up your wall colour, hang statement lights or add artwork that makes you happy when you arrive home.

If your home is full of existing character, keep it and simply amplify the features by adding additional fitting decor and a light airy colour palette. If you don’t have any stand out focal points in your hallway, a great way to create one is with statement lights. Choosing a hung pendant not only provides much needed light but acts as a centerpiece creating the illusion of height in a space.

If your hallway is small and you really want to maximise its potential think about using colour to enhance the space. Move away from basic white walls and introduce complementary tonal shades. Choose for example, a dramatic Charcoal shade pairing it with off white wall paneling and white door frames to structure the architecture. This allows even the simplest of detail to stand out whilst keeping the space stylish and tranquil.

Here are our top 3 decor tips:

  1. Gather and curate all of your decor in one place before you start to add them to the space.
  2. Use mirrors and glass objects to create the illusion of space.
  3. Find balance, consider the placement of objects not putting similar objects too close together, or crowding certain spaces.

Architectural Staircases – Glass or Steel


Neville Johnson Opus staircase

There are many ways to update your hallway and one option often overlooked is a staircase renovation. What seems like a lengthy project can be completed within just 48 hours! Simply refreshing the aesthetic can really transform your whole entrance from dull to light-filled and welcoming.

Don’t be afraid to be bold. Our dusted oak and steel staircase design uses traditional materials but with a modern architectural twist, creating balance within the space. If you want to allow light to flow throughout, look at transforming your staircase with glass panelling. This contemporary solution is most effective as it opens up enclosed hallways and enables natural light to reach every corner of the room.


When it comes to selecting flooring, choose a material that can withstand the everyday wear and tear of people entering and exiting the home. Think about tone, do you want dark tiles or parquet flooring to offset light walls? Or medium rustic hardwood to enhance any traditional qualities in the space.

Patterned flooring is a big trend this year with options ranging from herringbone wooden floors to traditional ceramic tiles. If you have simplistic decor within your hall, add interest with beautifully patterned original tiles. There’s so many styles to choose, from moroccan,70s retro or traditional Victorian patterns, they can cement a scheme and create a stunning focal point.


Image 1: Grey tonal hallway | Image 2: Fired Earth tiles | Image 3: Herringbone flooring

Discover all of our favourite hallway style inspiration over on our Pinterest profile.

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