House on St.George Hill:  Corridor & hallway by EVGENY BELYAEV DESIGN

​How to pick hallway colours

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It happens far too often that a home’s hallway gets overlooked, which is quite surprising, considering the important role it plays. After all, isn’t a hallway the perfect opportunity to add to a house’s style in terms of colour, pattern, texture, furnishings and décor? And to tease visitors about the design and look they may expect from the rest of your house? Of course! 

However, due to hallways being the connecting points between rooms, a lot of people deem them insignificant, instead choosing to focus their creativity on said rooms. But here on homify, of course, we are always up for playing with different ideas, especially when it comes to undervalues rooms and spaces. And at the end of the day, your choice in colour will affect the look of your hallway considerably, regardless of which décor and furnishings you pick for it. 

That is why we’ve picked out these ideas for hallway colours to help ensure that yours is anything but dull or overlooked.

1. Ideas for hallway colours: Dark or narrow spaces

Roland Gardens :  Corridor & hallway by BTL Property LTD
BTL Property LTD

Roland Gardens

BTL Property LTD

A lot of hallways lack natural light, which makes the installation of artificial lighting sources a bright idea (pun intended). However, neutral paint colours can also be a stunning idea.

We especially love playing with various shades of greens or blues for narrow hallway colours, seeing as they have such calming effects on spaces and also help to reflect light better. As a bonus, these types of cool colours also have the added benefit of fitting well with a variety of other shades and styles.

But what if your hallway’s ceilings are low? Then we recommend going with a white glossy or lacquer paint that will add height to the ceiling and width to the floor area. To further create the illusion of space, use a deeper shade of paint on the base of the wall and apply a lighter shade at the top.

When picking out trim colours, choose a paint that is two shades lighter than the wall to maximize the sense of spaciousness. And of course we are always down for colourful rugs and tables to help make hallways feel larger.

2. Ideas for hallway colours: Wide spaces

Private Villa, Surrey:  Corridor & hallway by Keir Townsend Ltd.
Keir Townsend Ltd.

Private Villa, Surrey

Keir Townsend Ltd.

If you have a wide hallway at home, consider yourself blessed. Not only because you have more room for furniture and décor (and walking), but also because you have more colour options. For instance, you can choose a warm colour for the walls and a more neutral tint for any doors that break into the space.

Another fantastic idea is to create a feature wall by painting it a cool tone or adding colourful wallpaper with a beautiful pattern. Other ideas to add interest and break up solid-looking walls include crown moulding, wall trim, and wainscoting.

homify hint: Add a focal point to your hallway walls using horizontal stripes, which easily draw the eye through any awkward space. Play around with the width of your stripes for a contemporary effect and keep your colour palette muted; soothing greens are great for a fresh and calm feel, while neutral hues (maybe dove grey or pecan-nut brown) can add to the feeling of visual spaciousness.

3. Ideas for hallway colours: High ceilings

A lot of entryways and hallways possess extremely high ceilings, which can pose quite a challenge for painting. But by opting for a dark colour, you can make the ceiling appear lower than it actually is, especially if you continue using the ceiling paint onto the adjacent wall.

Adding a wall moulding can also further break up the colour and allow you to paint the lower part of the wall a lighter tone.

homify hint: Want to make your hallway feel smaller and more intimate? Hang some pendant lights and wall sconces.

4. Ideas for hallway colours: Hallways with windows

House on St.George Hill:  Corridor & hallway by EVGENY BELYAEV DESIGN

House on St.George Hill


If your hallway has windows, make the most if that incoming natural light! Combine soft shades of yellow and tan.

Additionally, strategically placed mirrors can also help create a feeling of spaciousness.

But try to avoid curtains, as that can make the hallway feel closed in. If you require some kind of window covering, stick to curtains that welcome in a lot of natural light. 

homify hint: One of the easiest ways to add personality to a simple hallway is through a two-tone look. Opt for the darker hue on the bottom, then heighten the look of your ceiling by adding the lighter colour on the top half.

5. Ideas for hallway colours: Creative painting options

To achieve a more unique look with hallway colours, you have to have a good idea of the tone you want to create. And of the various ‘feelings’ produced by colours. For instance, yellow gives a feeling of warmth, while stone grey is a better choice if you want to create a neutral backdrop for your artwork and photographs hanging on the walls. And remember that white or neutral semi-gloss paint mouldings create a sense of crispness.

Don’t overlook the importance of textures either. For example, applying paint to the walls via a sponge allows you to create a marble-like effect. And while we are always up for wallpapers, they can be quite costly; thus, first consider if this option falls within your budget. 

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Any other suggestions when it comes to picking out hallway colours?
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