Hallway Design Ideas

See your hallway as more than just a corridor to another room. This undervalued area is prime for storage, the display of collectibles, and even more practical uses like a drop zone for boots and umbrellas, or a small library. Whether you have a narrow hallway, a spacious hallway, or an awkward one with a sharp turn, browse the photos on Houzz for clever design ideas, and find your way to an all-new hallway.

How do I add storage to my hallway?


If you have a small home, utilising the hallway as extra storage is a great way to save much-needed space. To avoid narrowing an already small space, don't incorporate full-sized furniture – a hall table, for example, will only make the space feel cramped. Instead, add built-in bookcases, wall-mounted shoe racks, an umbrella stand, or hooks. A simple floating console and shelves are ideal for keeping floor space free of obstacles, too. For more small hallway ideas, browse the Stories section of Houzz.

If you have a wide and spacious hallway, turn the space into a multi-purpose room. Add floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a hallway runner for the cosy allure of a library; or add seating and line the walls with curated art for a spot in which to relax. This will ensure your hallway isn’t just a beautiful space, but a destination, too.

How do I get my hallway decor right?


An entrance hall should set the tone for the rest of the house, so use it to display an item that you love, then build on your home’s decor from there. A vintage chair for putting shoes on; a slim hall table with plenty of drawers for hiding unwanted clutter; or a stand-out mirror might be just the ticket.

Because your hallway is such a small space, you shouldn't go overboard with decor, either. If you want to display a photo collection, group frames in odd numbers (three or five pieces) and vary the heights to add interest. If you like the gallery look but have a dark hallway, consider framed mirrors, which will bring additional light and visual space into the area.

Use shadow boxes and art shelves to display quirky, small accessories, but try to rotate them out occasionally to keep it fresh and interesting. Wall space is key, but don't forget about your ceilings and floors as well. Ceiling lights, chandeliers or wall sconces can act as additional decor, while adding a hallway runner is a quick and easy way to add colour and pattern to a traditionally all-neutral space. Also remember, the most successful hallway designs will always draw the eye to a focal point – ideally at the far end of the room, so as to create the illusion of more space.

If you need help decorating your hallway, consider hiring a Stylist or Interior Designer via our pro directory!
Contemporary hallway in Melbourne with white walls, painted wood floors and black floor.

Contemporary hallway in Melbourne with white walls, painted wood floors and black floor.
Hallway table + accessories - alex_mcpherson96

Photo of a mid-sized traditional hallway in Melbourne with blue walls and medium hardwood floors.

Kit Haselden Photography
Photo of a mid-sized traditional hallway in Melbourne with blue walls and medium hardwood floors.
Very sophisticated and beachie... - mila_jovanovic93

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Photo of a contemporary hallway in Brisbane with white walls and grey floor.

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Photo of a contemporary hallway in Brisbane with white walls and grey floor.

Inspiration for an eclectic hallway in Sydney with multi-coloured walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.

Inspiration for an eclectic hallway in Sydney with multi-coloured walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.
Really like the archway and hallway windowed doors that allow more light into room from inside, especially if the hallway had skylights in it. - christian_bannard

Photo of a contemporary hallway in Other with blue walls, carpet and white floor.

Architect: Bower Architecture // Photographer: Shannon McGrath // Featuring Delta Light Mono wall lights in anthracite and Inlite Deep Starr II downlights in white
Great landing/hallway storage joinery - jo_kheir

Inspiration for a modern hallway in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors and beige floor.

Jack Lovel
Inspiration for a modern hallway in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors and beige floor.
light fixture - tiraan

Photo of a mid-sized transitional hallway in Perth with white walls and dark hardwood floors.

Photo of a mid-sized transitional hallway in Perth with white walls and dark hardwood floors.
Entry space for organising the house - stephanieglass

Inspiration for a tropical hallway in Perth with white walls, light hardwood floors and beige floor.

Phill Jackson Photography
Inspiration for a tropical hallway in Perth with white walls, light hardwood floors and beige floor.
andrews photos love this idea - tamndandy

Photo of a mid-sized contemporary hallway in Sydney with brown walls, concrete floors and white floor.

Nick Bowers Photography
Photo of a mid-sized contemporary hallway in Sydney with brown walls, concrete floors and white floor.
Colours would be amazing for a beach/coastal house - kumic

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Photo of a contemporary hallway in Brisbane with beige walls.

Photo of a contemporary hallway in Brisbane with beige walls.
Blocks at different widths - wildfire31

Inspiration for a beach style hallway in Melbourne with yellow walls, carpet and grey floor.

Kate Hansen Photography
Inspiration for a beach style hallway in Melbourne with yellow walls, carpet and grey floor.
Bookcase for small area.... feature item, maybe in pink or white for Vi An’s room? - pinkypurple

This is an example of an eclectic hallway in Perth with beige walls and medium hardwood floors.

Putra Indrawan
This is an example of an eclectic hallway in Perth with beige walls and medium hardwood floors.
Office, laundry and dining rug - esiesmaa

Contemporary hallway in Melbourne with brown walls, medium hardwood floors and beige floor.

Dianna Snape
Contemporary hallway in Melbourne with brown walls, medium hardwood floors and beige floor.
Bathroom indoor/outdoor - justluna7

Photo of a contemporary hallway in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors and brown floor.

Photo of a contemporary hallway in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors and brown floor.
half step support - different - nivannii_rose

This is an example of a contemporary hallway in Melbourne with black walls and grey floor.

Photography by Mat Moore
This is an example of a contemporary hallway in Melbourne with black walls and grey floor.
Clever use of vertical timber supports, that doubles as an interesting dividing screen wall & disguises a staircase - matthews_joinery

Design ideas for a contemporary hallway in Sydney with concrete floors and grey floor.

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Design ideas for a contemporary hallway in Sydney with concrete floors and grey floor.
Polished concrete floor & hallway - lindammccormick

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Design ideas for a modern hallway in Sydney with white walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.

Nicole England
Design ideas for a modern hallway in Sydney with white walls, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.

Design ideas for a contemporary hallway in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors and beige floor.

Emily Bartlett Photography
Design ideas for a contemporary hallway in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors and beige floor.
Wood panel door & courtyard entrance - jermaine_miscellaneous