First impression count: How to enhance the look of your hallway

The hallway: it connects all the rooms in your home and is what welcomes guests new and old into your world. But it’s so often overlooked when it comes to decorating!

But what can you do to the hallway to make it stand out? Here we’ll look at ways to enhance your hallway and set the tone for the rest of your beautiful, busy home.


You don’t have to think hard when it comes to revamping your hallway. A beautiful new floor is the ideal way for you and your guests to be greeted. Whether it’s a stunning hardwood floor, a shiny new laminate or a thick, beautiful carpet; if you’re looking for a little inspiration then take a look at Discount Flooring Depot.


If your hallway space is long and narrow, a display of mirrors opens and brightens the space.  Display an assortment of mirrors in different shapes and sizes along the length of the hallway on one or both sides. This will also give you a place to double check your appearance before you greet guests!

Family photos

The hallway is an excellent place to display all those beautiful family moments that you just want to show off! If you have a box of family photos with no other space for them, frame and display them in the hallway – why not start a chronological history and let the walls tell the family story.


If your art collection has gotten too full and you’ve run out of wall space or you have a lot of art you love that doesn’t fit with any room design schemes, make your hallway into a colourful an interesting art collage.

Rugs and runners

If your hallway is a long and cavernous space, soften and brighten it up with colourful runners.  To avoid slippage, place rug pads underneath. Just make sure it’s a pattern or material that will handle a lot of traffic.

Bold paint

Another solution would be to paint the walls of the hallway in a bold and vibrant colour. This way it will stand out and you can also play with variations of the same colour when choosing accessories such as the carpet or the area rug. Patterns can also be a part of the design.

Add some shelves

The hallway is not usually a very practical space. It’s more of a transitional area. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of it and turn into a display area. By adding shelves on the hallway you’ll be able to both store and display all sorts of items, from collections to all sorts of decorations. 

Consider your lighting 

A problem that can sometimes appear is related to lighting. The hallway is an enclosed space that usually has no windows. It’s why it’s important to choose the right type of lighting. A single pendant light will probably be insufficient so it’s best to have two or to choose spotlights or some other type of lighting. 



*** This is a collaborative post ***



  1. October 10, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    It’s true the hallway is often over looked when decorating. Mirrors make a great addition as well as family photos for that more personal and homey look.

    • Laura Dove
      October 10, 2017 / 8:30 pm

      I love putting mirrors everywhere to add light and make a space seem bigger! xx

  2. October 10, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Great advice! Our hallway is tiny as we live in a terraced house but we’ve got a mirror, shoe box that doubles as a seat and some nice pictures.

    • Laura Dove
      October 11, 2017 / 12:33 pm

      I love hallways, even tiny hallways can be lovely spaces! xx

  3. October 11, 2017 / 12:46 am

    My hallway really needs decorating after a certain incident at a party I was hosting…it could really use some mirrors as it’s quite narrow too

    • Laura Dove
      October 11, 2017 / 12:26 pm

      Oh no!!! That sounds eventful! xx

  4. October 11, 2017 / 5:15 am

    This was a great post and put a lot of inspiration into your reader’s minds.

    • Laura Dove
      October 11, 2017 / 12:25 pm

      Thanks Patrick! xx

  5. October 12, 2017 / 7:12 am

    Love this. Our hallways is so ugh – in fact we’ve yet to even decorate it! It is on my list though!!

    • Laura Dove
      October 12, 2017 / 8:16 am

      I think it’s always the last thing to be done as you don’t live in it? Ours needs updating too! xx

  6. Sam Jeffery
    October 13, 2017 / 9:54 am

    I feel like the hallway is always a forgotten place in a home, but is actually so important to the look and feel of a house!

    • Laura Dove
      October 13, 2017 / 9:57 am

      Yes I agree, it’s the first impression people get of your home! xx

  7. Thena
    October 13, 2017 / 11:48 am

    Great tips to spruce up the first place that people may see when they enter your home. Nice job!

    • Laura Dove
      October 13, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Thanks Thena! xx

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