Creating a good first impression: Hallway colours

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Creating a good first impression: Hallway colours

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
Crucial Trading's Laneve Wool Carpets:  Corridor & hallway by Wools of New Zealand
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Gone are the days when hallway colours needed to be only white or shades of beige—nowadays, you have the artistic and creative freedom to decorate your hallway in a myriad of different patterns, shades and tones; the only limit is the bounds of your imagination. Designs and shades that are not typically used for hallway colours are making their way into our homes, as it's exciting to see how designers and homeowners alike are responding to this new trend. Take a look…

Hallway colours 1: Navy blue

Fabulous colour Diamond:  Corridor & hallway by Wools of New Zealand
Wools of New Zealand

Fabulous colour Diamond

Wools of New Zealand

Navy blue is a regal choice for your hallway, balancing the likes of any white or grey colour palette. Hallway colours should be charming; welcoming both you and your guests into your home. As they say, first impressions count, so you should try and make your hallway space feel as warm and inviting as possible. We love the carpet runner in its contemporary zigzag pattern, complementing the stunning navy blue shade that graces the walls.

Hallway colours 2: Electric blue

If you prefer something a little more in your face than the serene navy blue above, you can go all out, and select a shade like electric blue for your choice of hallway colours. This effect has cleverly been created with light, an option that homeowners may not have considered. You can, in fact, change your hallway colours as often as you like with this option—perhaps even reflecting your mood! Vibrant and bold, this particular colour sends out a contemporary, modern vibe and is definitely a tantalising choice that will have your guests wondering what treasures and delights are housed upstairs.

Hallway colours 3: Mustard yellow

Bossington House, Adisham Kent:  Corridor & hallway by Lee Evans Partnership
Lee Evans Partnership

Bossington House, Adisham Kent

Lee Evans Partnership

Mustard yellow is a fine choice for a hallway as it is elegant yet houses a certain retro appeal. In this instance, the choice of hallway colours is clear—magenta and yellow have been played off against each other to great effect. Despite the classic nature of this home, you can see how easy it is to create a different appeal and a certain drama simply by selecting colours that are in total opposition to the framework of your home.

Hallway colours 4: Red

House in Chandlers Ford II:  Corridor & hallway by LA Hally Architect
LA Hally Architect

House in Chandlers Ford II

LA Hally Architect

Red is sultry and passionate, and although it is said not to be used in bedrooms (due to its so-called heart rate raising capabilities), it is definitely a great choice when deciding upon hallway colours to use. In stark contrast to the white and timber, the red adds an impressive angle to the space, creating a powerful ambience that would not have been there otherwise.

Hallway colours 5: Moss green

Moss green is calm and serene, and is a great choice when considering hallway colours in your home. This particular shade is extremely complementary to the wooden tones and white walls, creating a natural, earthy presence in this space. Though this may not be in the initial choice for some homeowners, the colour green has many positive benefits on your psyche and mood. This is extremely beneficial to those who walk into their homes after a busy day at work feeling stressed. Now, they can just take one look as they open their door and instantly feel at ease.

Hallway colours 6: Orange

Orange, like red, is passionate and exciting, and when used to such an extent like it has been in this example, creates a quirky and intriguing vibe. Balanced out by the grey floors and white walls, this particular shade of orange packs a real punch. For most, we wouldn't recommend using such a strong colour in an enclosed space, but thanks to the row of windows that line the hallway, the space will never feel cramped or dark. We love the daring choice and hope that more homeowners follow the same path.

Hallway colours 7: Magenta

Magenta is such a fun colour, so it comes as no surprise that we would recommend it as a choice for hallway colours. Played off against the stark white surfaces and wooden steps, this magenta feature wall does well for the space, adding a pop of colour and vibrancy that clearly creates a sense of excitement in this largely white on white room.

Hallway colours 8: Lemon yellow

Lemon yellow, unlike mustard yellow, is better suited to more classic homes, as evidenced in this image. Hallway colours can be complementary, and unlike some of the other examples, can blend in rather than stand out. We love the mixture of brown, white and beige, with this pop of lemon yellow adding a cheerful glow. Helping to reflect the available light, it feels like the summer sun is always present in this space.

Hallway colours 9: Stone grey

Had you ever thought about using grey on grey for your choice of hallway colours? As interesting as it sounds, you can see in this example that it create a sleek, industrial effect. Used against the bronze feature wall and steel stair railings, this is unarguably the home of someone who favours minimalism and knows a thing or two about design. While this stone grey colour may not be the obvious choice for some, it looks great balanced out with tones such as yellow and blue if you'd like to create a different effect.

Hallway colours 10: White

Loft conversion and house remodelling in Wimbledon:  Corridor & hallway by TOTUS

Loft conversion and house remodelling in Wimbledon


White is a choice for hallway colours that is always in fashion—no matter what. At the end of the day, it's not hard to see why. White is calming and serene, and goes with any colour or pattern you put it with. It is also good for those really tiny hallway spaces that cannot afford to look any smaller than they already are. If you aren't adventurous, you really cannot go wrong with white. But do take our advice, and try to add pops and flecks of colour elsewhere to give the space a hint of your personality.
If you liked this ideabook on hallway colours, we suggest the following for you: 5 easy ways to transform your hallway

What is your favourite of the shades above in this ideabook about hallway colours? Let us know in the comments section below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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