Even though it is the first place to greet both you and your guests when you enter your front door, the hallway can often be one of the most neglected areas of your home.
The hallway is a passageway from the outside to the inside and may be seen as just a place to hang coats, drop bags and kick off shoes on your way in. However, if you choose the right paint colours for your hallway, you can create an inviting space that complements the rest of your home.
Hallways come in all shapes and sizes; they can be small and narrow, or more open plan with clearer visibility to the upper floor. No matter which type of hallway you have, we hope to advise you as to the best paint colours to use to show it off to its best advantage.
Small, dark, narrow hallway.
Not everyone is lucky enough to live in a large home, and some hallways can be very narrow and dark. These areas are best painted in light colours that will give the illusion of space. Try to avoid white, if possible, as this will show up every mark, scuff and scrape, especially in such a high traffic room. You should also consider the colour of the trim that you wish to use; a cream colour for the woodwork, or a colour that is two or three shades lighter than the walls, is a good option.
Blues and Greens.
Pale blues and greens are a good choice of paint colour for your hallway. They are the calming colours of nature providing a feeling of transition from the inside to the outside. One way of introducing a feeling of light and space is to paint the lower half of the wall with your feature colour, and to paint the top half of the wall with a creamy colour.
If there are no windows in your hallway you can utilise mirrors and well placed light fittings to reflect light and create a feeling of spaciousness.
Choosing grey paint colours for your hallway
Light greys are another option for a hallway colour scheme.
Grey will suit both a small and a large entrance hall, and give a touch of style and elegance to your home. If you marry this paint with pale furniture and, in the case of a large hallway, a chandelier, you will end up with a stunning result.
Make a bold statement
When decorating your hallway, it is also possible to make a bold statement. If you like striking colours, that may be out of the ordinary as far as others are concerned, do not feel afraid to express yourself with an unusual colour choice, or design. You can enhance the effect even further with the addition of funky light fittings and colourful furnishings.