Hallway Paint Ideas
Hallways are often less thought about than other rooms in your home, with many remaining uncoloured and unloved. Luckily, with a bit of colour and creativity, they can be transformed into beautiful spaces that take you on a journey from one room to another.
The colour of your hallway can make a huge difference to the overall look and feel of the space and how it blends against other shades in neighbouring rooms. From pleasing neutrals to vibrant bold shades, in this article, we will explore many possible options.
What colour paint makes a hallway look bigger?
20 Hallway Colour Ideas
In general, lighter colours will make your hallway appear bigger with the illusion of more light and open space. Small, narrow hallways tend to suit a white, cream, or pale grey colour scheme, whereas darker shades are often used in larger, wider hallway entrances to add warmth and depth.
Aside from colour, there are also other ways to manipulate a larger looking hallway space including the use of glass doors and windows to let in natural light, as well as hanging mirrors to reflect light around the space better.
20 Hallway Colour Ideas
Here are some of our favourite hallway paint colour ideas to inspire you…
When your hallways are painted bright white to maximise light and openness, you can add pops of colour to inject personality.
Painting your internal doors in different shades can help distinguish between the different rooms in your home, whereas painting the staircase gives a quirky and fun feel.
Greige is a calming shade for a hallway and colours like Soft Pelican combine tones of grey and green for a warming finish.
It offers depth and contrast next to bright white shades, and provides an earthy approach to your hallway, especially when finished with plenty of greenery and plants.
Chic and stylish, a monochrome hallway helps to create a Parisian hotel vibe, particularly when combined with elegant artwork and quirky furniture pieces.
Keep the hallway walls white and paint the staircase black for a dramatic contrast.
Navy blue is a timeless and classy shade that can help make a large, wide hallway appear cosier and warmer.
Contrast with white panelling and brightly coloured artwork for a contemporary, modern feel.
Pops of Orange
A pop of orange in a hallway can feel sunny and tropical, especially when a dusty shade such as Sandy Peppers is used.
Blue is a calming and relaxing colour that provides serenity in your hallway space.
Lighter shades of blue can make a hallway feel brighter and more spacious while pairing it with a variety of accent colours will add interest and character to the space.
Rich and regal, a teal-painted hallway oozes style and opulence.
In the right shade, such as Trailblazer, a teal paint works beautifully as the backdrop for an Oriental-inspired interior. Especially when paired with coral shades, as well as interesting pieces of upcycled furniture and artefacts.
When you are focussing on an earthy interior scheme throughout your house, a warm green shade in your hallway can help tie it all together.
Grey greens appear organic and raw, blending beautifully with natural fibres and textures, such as wood and linen.
Sage is another earthy tone of green that is a calming and soothing colour in a hallway.
It can work well in a variety of settings and colour schemes and pairs well with neutral colours like white, grey, and beige, as well as other soft, muted tones like blush pink, lavender, and light blue.
Red is often a colour associated with loudness and danger, but if you pick the right muted tone of red and combine it with warm neutral beige shades, you can create a stylish and inviting hallway colour palette.
This burnt yellow shade is a stunning choice for a classic, wide hallway.
The depth of the shade is warming and comforting and would pair well with dark mahogany furniture, shades of black and terracotta.
A charcoal and white colour scheme provides instant modernisation in a hallway setting.
Avoid the space looking too clinical with elements of wood and plenty of greenery in the space.
Still in keeping with a modern theme, paler shades of grey can make a hallway feel brighter and more spacious.
Team with plenty of mirrors and reflective surfaces to further brighten the space with oodles of reflective light.
Lilacs and lavenders are wonderful, under-used shades in home interiors, that are soft and calming.
Choose these for a narrow hallway to inject brightness and soul, and team it with white wall panels for a romantic, Provençal feel.
The soothing effects of a soft green colour scheme is perfect for an upstairs hallway leading into bedrooms.
Tranquil and relaxing, it will put you in the right frame of mind for sleep after a busy day.
Shades of Pink
If you dig pink, then your hallway is the perfect place to show it. Keep the walls light and neutral as a backdrop for pink-themed artworks and prints.
Plus, painting your staircase treads with a spectrum of pink shades will make climbing the stairs to bed each night so much more enjoyable!
A light beige hallway paint provides a little more depth and warmth than white paint would.
It’s ideal for combining with an otherwise monochrome colour scheme that could otherwise appear a bit cold or stark.
Your hallway is likely to be one of the first places you and your guests see when they enter your home. So, be sure to keep it reflective of your personality with plenty of bright colour and positivity.
Painting radiator covers is an easy way to add colour to an otherwise neutral hallway and consider a collage wall, featuring an eclectic mix of all your favourite pieces collected over the years.
If you love the outdoors, then why leave it outside? Transform your hallway space into an indoor rainforest haven with a vibrant green, such as Vibrant Hosta.
The key to perfecting this interior theme is with over-the-top foliage everywhere possible, and plenty of artworks and sculptures representing nature and wildlife.
Want to inject some fantasy into your all-white hallway? The good news is that you don’t need to touch the walls.
Simply buy tester pots of your favourite pastel shades and paint each of your staircase steps in a different shade. The result is whimsical and unicorn-like!