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How do I decorate the hallway?

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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The entry or foyer is the place where you receive your guests; it is the first impression into your home. Therefore, it is important to know what message you want to convey. What you place in your entrance should generally speaking, reflect the rest of the house (or at least the next room, which often is the lounge). Furthermore, it is important to make it feel cosy and warm, and not bland and uninviting.

Entrances are usually the spaces that lose out in size due to other more important rooms, or connecting spaces like hallways.  So how do we do it? How do we readjust the hierarchy of the entry and let it speak for itself? We have some great ideas to help you below..


The entrance is a great place to put wallpaper. Why? Because it brings a touch of colour and texture ever so easily. Being a small space, you can play with a bright colour palette without the fear of over-saturating the space. The only difficult thing about wallpaper these days, is choosing which one you want!

So your creative side doesn't get out of hand, it's best to be clear about how the rest of the decor in your home will look. If you base it on this, you can be sure your entrance will be the perfect introduction to what comes next.


 Corridor & hallway by Equipe Ceramicas
Equipe Ceramicas

Hexatile Blanco, Gris, Negro mate 17,5x20

Equipe Ceramicas

The entrance hall has always been the perfect place to show off unique pieces of furniture. It is an ideal exhibition space for those objects that have a special meaning, or simply for those you want to make sure you and your guests see everyday. Antique clocks, telephones and classic items such as typewriters will always amaze people. Yes, although it is very old, but the ink still works, you can place a sheet and encourage your guests to leave you messages once they've left. This way you have a charming guest book to look back on. Besides the typewriter, the floor also provides a special character. Geometric tiles in shades of grey, play off nicely against antique objects.

At your feet

Despite the fact the hall is the smallest and most narrow space in the house, it doesn't mean it should be neglected. We can provide warmth by painting the walls, hang a poster, art or decorations. Or, if you want to surprise your guests, why not put the focal point on the floor? This will certainly make them forget about the narrowness of the space—like in this photo.

Feature walls

Paint the walls of the entrance in intense colours to bring a little joy to a space that does not always receive all the light that we would like. In this hall, the wall has been painted blue and contrasting black furniture has been chosen to sit up against it. This is a great way to add depth and excitement to the space.

A touch of class

A touch of class is never wasted. From the mirror, a piece that we feel should never be excluded from entrance design, to the antique chandeliers, ooze with elegance. Mirrors are known for reflecting light and causing a small optical illusion; they have been used for decades to trick you into thinking a space is larger than it actually is.


No matter how small your entry, or whether or not it is indistinguishable from the hallway, small details can make it more inviting. Here we have a picture that breaks the monotony of white; and a vase with bright red flowers, making your coming home a more pleasant experience.

Simplicity & practicality

If we are of those hosts who compel our guests to take off their shoes before entering the house, then a shoe rack is really something that cannot be done without. If in addition, this same rack allows us to hang coats, then this is a must have piece of furniture in the entrance. This model is original and striking; beautiful and incredibly functional.

For more home ideas see ’Home furnishings and Home improvement’.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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