Simple and Easy Steps to Enhance your Hallways

Make your hallways stand out with these beautiful hallway decorating tips!

Photo By: Ellen Grasso & Sons, LLC

It can be easy to forget about your hallways at home. A part of the house you’re unlikely to spend a lot of time in. Somewhere we often pass through without much thought, simply on our way from one room to another, or going upstairs. However, hallways and staircases are an important part of any home, and there is a lot you can do with your them to make the space feel more than just something connecting rooms. To help you think about your hallways and stairs in a new light, we’ve put together a few ideas to hopefully provide some inspiration on how you can enhance your hallways and staircase at home.

Photos and Art

Hallways are a great space to show your taste in art or photos without having to worry about what you put on the wall clashing with furniture in your living room or bedroom. The colour schemes in hallways and going up staircases is often quite neutral, and this provides a great blank canvas for you to fill the space with photos and art. One thing to remember when hanging photos or pieces of art on the wall is not only how you layout the frames but the size as well. Having a consistent frame size, with one or two variations, will help the space feel connected and thought out.

Photo By: Method Development


Making sure the lighting is right in your hallways is really important. Often hallways are in the centre of a house and have as such have few or no windows to bring in any natural light from outside. This is why the colour schemes used are often light and neutral to help maximise the light available. Because of a lack of natural light, getting good artificial light can really enhance your hallway. Installing a feature light such as a modern chandelier or integrating smaller lights throughout your hallway can both work well and create a really nice atmosphere.


Simply by updating the flooring in your hallway, you can make the space feel new and revitalised. There are lots of options when it comes to how you can do this. If you have wood floors you can have them sanded down and varnished to give the wood a new lease of life. Alternatively, you could add a rug, which like pictures and art can help reflect your style. If you’re looking to have a new floor installed it’s worth considering vinyl flooring. Not only does it come in a huge variety of styles and laying patterns, but it works really well in hallways as it’s durable and very easy to clean. This makes it ideal for a space that encounters high foot traffic, and also where people may walk across with their shoes on directly from outside.

Photo By: Patrick Schmitt, designer Inc.

Painting Your Stairs

The staircase is often a key feature of the hallway, and it can seem like there isn’t a lot you can do with it. If you are open to the idea, stripping the staircase back to the wood and then paining your stairs can look amazing. There are lots of different designs you can paint onto your stairs, but one of the most popular is a graduated paint fade. This is where you start with one colour at the bottom of your stairs, possibly a dark blue, and fade the paint using lighter and lighter shades of blue all the way up.

Add Somewhere to Sit

If you have the space, adding a little chair or love seat can make a really lovely addition to your hallway. Not only does it give people somewhere to sit and take their shoes off or put them on, but it can help fill out what can feel like an empty space at times. Often the only furniture in a hallway can be a small table or cabinet, so adding a chair can work really well. However, if you don’t have the space for this, it’s often best not to force it. Adding a chair when the space isn’t big enough can make your hallway look cluttered. An alternative would be adding a bench which takes up less space.

Hopefully, these ideas have shown you that there is a lot you can do with your hallway to help it feel more a part of your home. Some of these ideas may require professionals but others you can achieve on your own if DIY is something you enjoy.

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