Wallpaper designs for hallways

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  • Add a splash of colour and pattern to your hallway with wallpaper that will wow

    Wallpaper is making a big comeback and, with so many different designs and colours available, it’s a fabulous choice for creating impact in your hallway. Whether you’re looking for something bold and bright to enhance a modern scheme, calm and elegant to complement a period home or a bright retro wallpaper, the choice is endless. We’ve put together some brilliant hallway wallpaper ideas to help inspire you.

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    Patterned wallpaper can totally transform a room within a day. With the right preparation and research, using colour and pattern is a rewarding way to make the most of any room. Better still, you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve a fresh and exciting new look. Our ideas are the perfect guide to bringing a little (or a lot) of wow to your walls… so go on, what are you waiting for?

    1. Add wow with a statement wallpaper

    Image credit: Dan Duchars

    A bold patterned wallpaper is a great way to add an instant hit of personality to hallways. Choosing a monochrome colour palette allows the pattern to dominate without overpowering. Compliment the colours with co-ordinating furniture pieces and lots of natural materials to keep the look grounded.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Naked Angelica Wallpaper, £80 a roll, Mimi Pickard
    Buy now: Set of 2 Tassled Belly Baskets, £34.99, Ideal Home at Very

    2. Liven up a storage unit

    Image credit: Dominic Blackmore

    Choose a geometric grey wallpaper for a thoroughly modern way to jazz up a white storage unit in your hallway. Cover the wall before you fit the unit, and any gaps in the shelving will appear beautifully decorative. Circular hooks such as these will add to the futuristic effect.

    3. Be bold with a maximalist design

    Image credit: Simon Bevan

    Take a daring approach to decorating your hallway – this beautiful tropical wallpaper is sure to brighten your mood as soon as you walk in the door. Here, an equally bold stair runner sits alongside the botanical print, its hot pink stripes tying it to the paper. Parrot wall sconces are a fun addition to this lively, nature-inspired scheme. This is not a look for the minimalists!

    Get the look
    Buy now: Wallpaper, Jane Clayton

    4. Sail away

    Image credit: Simon Scarboro

    Hang this treasure of a wallpaper in your hallway for a light-hearted look that will be popular with all the family. In a muted palette of blue and white, it lends some colour and pattern, while being very subtle too. Get in on the voyage theme with travel trunks used for stowing away all those bits and bobs that make a hallway cluttered. Land ahoy!

    Get the look
    Buy now: Wallpaper, B&Q

    5. Go luxe with gold

    Image credit: Dominic Blackmore

    Shine out with a white and gold wallpaper that demands attention. This design is a great example of a large-scale, uncluttered design that loses none of the eye-catching powers of a more busy print. It’s light and bright feel is ideal for a hallway, where natural light is often lacking.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Wallpaper, Harlequin at Fashion Interiors

    6. Coordinate your colours

    Image credit: Jon Day

    Choose a trailing trellis design to create the look of a summer garden in your hallway. Paired with a gardener’s table painted in a distressed green shade, this look is for those who can’t bear to be parted from their gardens when indoors. An abundance of cut flowers could barely be more appropriate as an accessory.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Similar jug, Wayfair

    7. Do a double take

    Image credit: Katya De Grunwald

    Watch as visitors stand and stare at this striking wallpaper, which features a traditional landscape oil painting as its design. You’ll almost feel as though you could walk into this scene and the space will seem larger for this trick of the eye. Stick to furniture that will blend in, rather than add contrast.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Similar wallpaper, Murals Wallpaper

    8. Fake wood cladding with wallpaper

    Image credit: David Brittain

    Create a rustic hallway scheme by choosing a wallpaper that looks like weathered wooden boards. Distressed wall finishes are a popular look just now, and wallpapers are an easy way to get the look without the need for expensive wooden cladding. A sleekly painted blue door, neutral wicker accessories and a stripey storage seat show that this space isn’t in the slightest bit neglected.

    9. Pay tribute to man’s best friend

    Image credit: James Gardener

    Add a sense of fun to your hallway with a dog-print wallpaper. Go for a neutral design so that the colours are versatile and choose a print that features small dog motifs so people have to look at it quite closely to determine the details. A wooden rack mounted on the wall breaks up the design and provides a practical spot for hanging bags, umbrellas and dog leads, of course.

    10. Travel the globe

    Image credit: Tim Young

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    Adopt a super subtle approach to decorating with wallpaper by choosing a design that is so neutral it almost looks like a coat of paint. Travel enthusiasts who favour an understated way of conveying their passion will love this design. The cushion also picks up on the theme, while furniture in dark neutrals adds some contrast.

    Will you be using these hallway wallpaper ideas to give your entrance an update?

    • Jungle Leaf Wallpaper

      ‘I think of hallways as an opportunity to introduce people to the personality of the house,’ explains designer David Bentheim, who has used bold, contrasting wallcoverings to invigorate this entrance. Initially a small, dark and rather uninviting space, ‘the client wanted to bring in the light from outside.’ This has been achieved using blown-up images of leaves, taken by David, as wallpaper. ‘The client then placed these rather wonderful Italian vases in front, which brings the images to life,’ he says. Replacing a solid wooden door, with a bespoke glass and metal alternative, complete with decorative transom window, allows light to flow. To create a similar wallcovering go to Surface View, who can print blown-up images to a huge size and on to a variety of mediums, including tile and fabric.

    • Custom Map Wallcovering

      Designer and architect Ben Pentreath created this scaled-up version of Rocque’s 1746 map of London for the staircase of his friend and business partner Bridie Hall. The map starts with Canonbury – the location of the house – at the top. ‘Of course, in 1746 this was still a field,’ Bridie points out. ‘In retrospect we should have chosen the Victorian version; then we would have been on there.’ Like the look? Create something similar of your own at Surface View.

    • Siclian Mural

      This small house in Knightsbridge was completely reconfigured by its owner, cartoonist and decorator Sally Ann Lasson, to create a comfortable home with a sense of spaciousness. Trompe l’oeil ‘Scenes Siciliennes’ wallcovering from Zuber creates visual impact in the hall, while the striking light is from Quindry.

    • Delicate Green Pattern

      As you enter the house, the light-filled hall leads you towards the back door and into the garden. Formerly the home of Howard Hodgkin, this Victorian house in west London has a bohemian history, which the current artist owner has carefully maintained. A Robert Buhler landscape of France from the Forties hangs against a ‘Braulen’ wallpaper from Nina Campbell.

    • Dark Red Silk Damask

      Dark red ‘Stanhope’ silk damask from Claremont sets the mood in this space and provides a rich background to the portraits hanging on the walls.

      The owners of this west London house employed a skilled team to restore and complement its original features, wanting to create a home with a feeling of permanence after a lifetime of moving.

    The hallway is an oft-neglected space in the home, somewhere to pass through rather than linger. And yet, as the place you and you guests see as soon as you enter, it deserves some love. Paint is one way to give the hallway a quick update; another is choosing a beautiful wallpaper that will add warmth and interest, and help create a seamless transition between the entrance and the rest of the house. Use these inspiring hallway wallpaper ideas to transform your hallway.

    For more things wallpaper, go to our hub page. And, once you’ve made your all important choice, check out our step-by-step guide to hanging wallpaper.

    1. Add a flamboyant touch with exotic wallpaper

    Hallways are a great space to use a statement wallpaper like this Flamingo design from Cole & Son. For a really smart look, consider using another wallpaper from the same collection or in the same colour palette in a room that’s off your hallway.

    Flamingos, £85 , Glastonbury Stripe Marquee Stripes (in background), £65, Cole & Son

    (Image credit: Cole & Son)

    2. Soften the look of your hallway with a pastel design

    Perfect for brightening up a dark hallway, Sandberg’s Kira design, with all over chevron pattern in pastel-shaded tones will complement an otherwise neutral scheme.

    Kira in red/pink/purple, £75, Sandberg

    (Image credit: Sandberg)

    3. Add texture with wood effect wallpaper

    If you like the classic look of wood panelling, you will love the realistic wood lookalike Mahogany wood wallpaper from Arthouse. Easier to put up than cladding, it’s more affordable, too – yet gives you the same warm, textural finish. Bonus.

    Mahogany wood wallpaper, £16, Arthouse

    (Image credit: Arthouse)

    4. Go for a contemporary twist on a vintage design

    Designed by Arne Jacobsen, the Trapez 1778 from Borastapeter is based on a 1950s design, with the muted colour scheme giving it a contemporary, Scandi twist. Perfectly understated and chic – and ideal for a brightening a dark hallway.

    Trapez 1778 from Borastapeter

    (Image credit: Boras Tapeter)

    5. Give a nod to nautical chic with a striped design

    Stripes never go out of fashion – why not utilise their universal appeal in the hallway? The Emilia from Sandberg takes its cue from Breton stripes and will complement a contemporary home with nautical accents.

    Emilia grey black stripe, £85, Sandberg

    (Image credit: Sandberg)

    6. Mix and match two styles from the same collection

    Using wallpaper from the same collection means you can easily mix two designs together without them clashing. In this hallway, the front walls are papered in Wonder Pink, while the back wall of the hall and staircase are papered in Rebecca, a bolder design with a diagonal stripe. Even the ceiling’s got a look-in. Both from Graham & Brown.

    Rebecca pink wallpaper and Wonder pink wallpaper, £50, Graham & Brown X 2 Lovely Gays Collection

    (Image credit: Graham & Brown)

    7. Add interest with an abstract pattern

    Mimicking the natural randomness of terrazzo tiles, the Terrazzo wallpaper by Ferm Living is a great choice for hallways that can otherwise look dark and sombre. It has a touch of sheen to it, too, creating a shimmering texture.

    Terrazzo wallpaper in grey, £65, Ferm Living

    (Image credit: Ferm Living)

    8. Choose vintage florals for an opulent look

    Give your hallway a vintage boudoir touch with the ornate Loriini design from Little Greene. With its grey colour scheme and subtle colour accents, it’s surprisingly versatile, so long as botanical wallpaper is your thing.

    (Image credit: Little Greene)

    9. Bring the outside in with a woodland motif

    The botanical home decor trend shows no signs of going away – and for a reason. Picking botanical designs for your home is a great way to create a calm oasis in your home even if you have no plants; plant-themed wallpaper also adds plenty of texture to otherwise characterless areas of the home, such as the hallway.

    Our pick is the detailed and delicate Woodland Toile by Sanderson.

    Woodland Toile by Sanderson, £60, Style Library

    (Image credit: Style Library)

    10. Mix contemporary and botanical trends

    Likee the Scandi trend? Then you’re sure to love the Lundby abstract tree design by John Lewis, inspired by the forests of Scandinavia.

    Lundby in citrine, £23, John Lewis

    (Image credit: John Lewis)

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    Your hallway is the first place that your guests will see when they enter your house, and it can set the mood and tone for your entire home.

    Yet, they’re often overlooked and can easily become an unattractive dumping ground for coats, shoes, bags and post.

    There’s no reason why hallways shouldn’t be given the same attention as the rest of your home – and introducing wallpaper is a great way to create a welcoming entrance.

    Wallpaper is making a big comeback and with so many different designs, pretty patterns and colours available, it’s a great choice for creating instant impact.

    (Image and main image: Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck Design and Chad James Group)


    Whether you’re looking for something bold and bright or calm and elegant, the options are endless.

    Here are 12 wonderful wallpapers to brighten up your entrance hall and make a great first impression.

    1. Brilliant Blooms

    Bring a touch of warmth and homeliness to a hallway with vibrant blooms.

    This romantic vintage rose design in powdery pastels (below) creates a weloming and country feel.

    (Image: 1650 French Roses Wallpaper, £42.00 by Scandi Living)

    Your guests will be blown away on arrival with a fabulous floral pattern like this one below. Intergrate it with the rest of the room by blending it in with plenty of whites.

    (Image: Fabled Floral, £75 per roll, from Wedgwood Home by Blendworth)


    2. Bring the outside in

    Make your entrance hall an extension of your outdoor space by papering the walls in a pretty botanical and garden inspired print.

    An imposing staircase can create the wow-factor and provide the perfect first impression for your guests. Team these with natural colours, and blend in the shades by covering stairs in a co-ordinating carpet.

    Carpet runners are a fabulous way to introduce colour to your staircase drawing you eye up the stairs.

    (Image: Adam’s Eden wallpaper, £58 by Lewis & Wood)

    (Image: Adam’s Eden Wallpaper, £58 by Lewis & Wood)


    3. Pretty patterns

    If your hall feels a bit drab, take inspiration from these pretty patterns to perk up your entrance.

    (Image: ECO Block Print Beige Wallpaper, £39 from Scandi Living)

    (Image: Alma by Cole & Son)

    (Image: ECO River Blue Wallpaper, £39 by Scandi Living)

    (Image: Emma Bridgewater Daisy Spot Wallpaper in Purple, available from John Lewis and Sanderson)


    4. Bohemian

    For an eclectic look, choose a hallway wallpaper with an Eastern or Moroccan-inspired pattern or an ornate design to create impact. Additionally, choose a colour from the wallpaper design and purchase your carpet and accessories in this shade to tie the scheme together.

    (Image: Benaki wallpaper, £58 per metre from Lewis & Wood)


    5. Geometric

    To introduce pattern into a more modern home, consider Scandinavian or Greek geometric wallpapers, with simple recurring patterns.

    (Image: Borastapeter 2735 Ypsilon wallpaper, £59 from Scandi Living)


    6. Woodland

    Add some country flair to your hallway and embrace the woodland trend with a gorgeous wallpaper similar to this tree pattern.

    (Image: Woods by Cole & Son)


    7. Bright

    Break the rules and bring in some bold colour for a vibrant look.

    This wallpaper will is instantly grabbing without being overpowering – as your hallway is a space you pass through rather than linger in.

    (Image: Tile wallpaper by Cole & Son)


    8. Dark and stormy

    Vamp up your hallway with a combination of dramatic shades and designs. When they’re carefully planned, dark colours can work well in any space, adding a sophisticated feel.

    (Image: Khitan wallpaper by Nina Campbell, £67 per roll, available from Osborne & Little)

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