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21 Hallway Décor Ideas to Woo Your Guests

By: Summer Hirst |

Hallways are often the place where we unceremoniously dump our keys, coats, and shoes, etc. But it’s the first thing that guests see when they enter your house.

Your guests will check out the living room later. Make sure the first impression of your house is a good one.

Whether you have a small hallway or a big one, there are several ways in which you can make it look great. Let’s discuss some hallway décor ideas and how you can make a dull hallway more exciting.

Make a Gallery Wall

Make a Gallery Wall
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Family photos, portraits, and artwork can turn a dull wall into a story. It also adds a personal touch to your hallway. You can create a theme by deciding the right color and design of the frames you use for pictures.

By hanging family pics (old and new), you can give something to the guests to look at. This makes the wall more entertaining as it tells your family story. The photos can be arranged chronologically – or in any order you prefer.

Go for Big and Bold Hooks

Go for Big and Bold Hooks
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These hooks are shaped like dots. Big and bold dots. Instead of hanging coats and hats on boring old hooks, hang them on these hooks. These hooks are of different sizes – big and small so you can hang different things on different sized hooks.

You can also play with colors with these dots. Big bold dots against a plain wall will look amazing. Make sure you add dots of different sizes so it’s easy to hang different items on them.

A Mirror to Make It Look Bigger

A Mirror to Make It Look Bigger
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Mirrors always give an illusion of space. So if you have a small hallway, you can install a mirror there to make it look bigger than it is. Try to place the mirror at different positions so its angle and focal point are aligned to give a depth effect.

You can install a full length mirror or a smaller one. Another advantage of a mirror is if you’re holding a party, the guests can check themselves in the mirror before they walk into the living room. 

Place a Cozy Hallway Runner

Place a Cozy Hallway Runner
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Hallways can sometimes be difficult to decorate because some of them are oddly shaped. But you can always create a magical effect by creating a theme. The walls and photo frames are making a white theme that is heightened by the white and grey runner.

A mirror at the end will make the hallway look bigger. I think placing a brightly colored stool near the mirror would give an accent to the place, and also give a place for the eyes to focus.

Add Greenery Using Houseplants

Add Greenery Using Houseplants
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Houseplants can add a positive vibe to any room. There are several plants you can use for positive energy, such as Jasmine, Rosemary, Bamboo, Basil, and others. When you place a houseplant in your hallway, it’s not just the beauty of the plant that matters but also the looks of the pot.

Cane planters give a very rustic appeal that looks stylish and unique. You can place a houseplant in any corner of the hallway. And if the hallway is too small, you can place it on a raised surface.

Add Storage to Hallway

Add Storage to Hallway
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If you have enough space in the hallway, you can add storage to it. Instead of just plain hooks to hold your coats and hats, you can have pull-out drawers that can house your shopping bags, keys, earphones, and other things.

The countertop can also be used to place art pieces or houseplants. There’s a welcome sign above the drawers. This looks great and welcoming. Or you could hang a mirror there as well – it looks good and is practical.

Make It a Bright Hallway

Make It a Bright Hallway
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Hallways are generally plain and boring. To change that, use some bright and exciting colors. This hallway is painted in bright yellow, giving it a lively vibe. Reds and blues can also look great. It has storage under the stairs, which is excellent for keeping stuff like shoes and raincoats.

The outside of the storage has hooks where you can hang your shopping bags. Since this hallway doesn’t have enough space for photo frames, bright color is one thing to add energy to the place.

Place Hallway Seating

Place Hallway Seating
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Why limit seating to just the living room? Seating can be a good option in hallways as well. For example, when you have to take off your dirty shoes when you walk in from the snow, you’ll need a place where you can sit and take off the boots.

Also, it’s can provide a place to sit and relax when you’re ready and waiting for your family so you guys can leave. While the seating is pretty plain and simple, it is accessorized with cushions that make it look beautiful and also add comfort to it.

Create a Bold Look

Create a Bold Look
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Give your hallway a complete 180-degree turn with a bold and beautiful look that’s opposite of a simple and plain look all other hallways have. Check out the royal blue color of the wall and the bold sun-like mirror that gives it a unique charm.

A glass bench is tastefully kept near the stairs to hold all your essential stuff like the daily mails and keys. Old fashioned candle lantern kept on the bench is also adding to the regal enigma of the place.

Give It a Rustic Look

Give It a Rustic Look
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Check out this rustic look with a raw brick wall. The floor is made of raw wood that adds to the rustic appeal. The raw bricks and wooden planks give it a red look, offering a warm feeling. A giant cushion placed on the floor looks cozy and inviting.

The hooks on the wall provide a place to hang your coats and scarves. The floating shelves can hold small bits like keys and daily mail. The hallway opens on the right to a bathroom that shares the rustic look of the hallway.

Get a Victorian Look

Get a Victorian Look
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Get a traditional Victorian look in your hallway by making simple changes to it. A classic chandelier and a traditional framed mirror will take you back 200 years. To add to the theme, make sure you carpet the stairs in an old fashioned way.

If you have enough resources, consider changing the stair railings. Wooden railings look classic and conventional and give the place a look that’s similar to the Victorian era.

Feel Like a King with a Royal Hallway

Feel Like a King with a Royal Hallway
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You don’t have to live in a palace to feel like a king or a queen. Some metal wall plates and other art pieces will do the trick. Just make sure that they’re all golden. After all, the highness wouldn’t want to settle with a cheaper metal.

Get some long golden vases to go with the metal plates. You can also get golden shisha that will go with the entire look. Every time you walk down the hallway, get a regal feeling with all the gold surrounding you.

Make It More Organized

Make It More Organized
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Make your hallway more organized by introducing sectional storage. Keep some space for pullout drawers, a cabinet, a seating bench, some hooks, and some open shelving space. This hallway is completely organized and each thing has its own designated spot.

Shoes go under the bench, caps, and sweaters on hooks, purses on the countertop, keys in the drawer, and so on. With each thing neatly organized in its own place, you have a cleaner clutter-free look that makes a great first impression.

Show Your Bookworm Side

Show Your Bookworm Side
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Show off your love for books and also keep them organized with this simple hack – a bookshelf in the hallway. While it will give your guests something to talk about, it will reflect your intellect as well. Plus, it will keep all the books organized.

Another bonus of books is for the impatient dads who are always waiting for their families to get ready – just grab a book and start reading. A must-have for all bookworms, this bookshelf will make your hallway look more colorful.

Use Unique Lighting

Use Unique Lighting
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The right lighting can make or break the first impression. Even if you’ve created just the perfect hallway, bad lighting can ruin the entire look. Check out these beautiful swirl LED lights that expand outwards. 

Such lights can be especially great for a gallery wall. They will illuminate the family photos and portraits just perfectly. If you don’t have a gallery wall, hanging lights will also look amazing. If you have a golden theme, a chandelier will look perfect. Get the lights according to your theme.

Place Majestic Lanterns

Place Majestic Lanterns
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Old era lanterns look beautiful as heck. They’re even more majestic when they’re large. You can place scented or plain candles in these lanterns and have romantic lighting in the evening. Or when it’s raining, just light up the candles and turn the other hallway lighting off.

It’s a great way to start an evening. While these lanterns will look great anywhere, they will look especially good in the hallway because that’s the place your guests will HAVE to visit.

Make It an Extension to the Living Room

Make It an Extension to the Living Room
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You can turn your hallway into an extension to your living room. Place a couch in your hallway along with some artwork and maybe a couple of houseplants and it can be a small living room.

If your living room is small, it’s a great idea to convert your hallway into a mini living room. Some carefully planned lighting and colors can do the trick. Place some cushions on the couch to make it more comfortable and cozy.

Install a Barn Door in the Hallway

Install a Barn Door in the Hallway
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Barn doors look amazing. They’re easy to open and close as they slide smoothly on the rails. They can be used practically anywhere, including your hallway. This barn door is right next to the entrance and can lead to a storeroom or a walk-in closet.

A barn door will give your hallway a farmhouse feel. If a rustic appeal is what you seek, make sure you install a barn door instead of a regular old open and shut door.

Place a Table in the Hallway

Place a Table in the Hallway
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If you’ve got enough space, place a center table in the hallway that can hold a beautiful vase and fresh flowers. A candelabra chandelier hanging from above will also add to the magnificent look of the place.

If you are short on space, a round table might not be the best for your home. However, you can always have a side table to hold some houseplants and other things. If you want to add art pieces in the hallway, a table is a must.

Try Double Shaded Paints

Try Double Shaded Paints
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To make the place more exciting and less boring, you can play around with colors. This hallway is painted in two colors – green and blue with a golden stripe in between. The doors are also of the same colors to maintain continuity. 

Check out the light hanging from above. It gives an antique and rustic look. The stairs are painted white, which looks good against the dark colored wall. The runway is blue and has a tattered look. Overall, it creates a beautiful look that makes the hallway more stimulating. 

Get a Bold Carpet Look

Get a Bold Carpet Look
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Another idea to add more excitement to the hallway is by getting a carpet that adds more energy to the scene. Try something that is colorful and bold. This carpet has lines in various colors but the bold colors add warmth to the hallway.

Depending on your taste, you can get the right kind of carpeting done. Make sure it looks god with the walls. If the walls are bright, it will be better to have a simple carpet. But if you have dull walls, a bright carpet will add an accent to the place.

Get a Hallway That Defines You

Whether you like a space enhancing look or a minimal décor, there are many ways in which you can arrange your hallway. What kind of a first impression do you want to leave on your guests? A bold and dramatic look or a simple and plain one?

Either way, you can make it more stylish with the right kind of décor. Hallways and entryway stairs are just the right way to create a magical first impression.