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Hallway colour schemes

Choosing the perfect hallway colour scheme

First impressions count for a lot, so choosing the right hallway colour scheme is more important than you might think. When it comes to paint colour, it's less about bold statement hues and more about choosing a welcoming and soothing palette. Neutrals will obviously ensure that your hallway feels light and airy, but also consider light and mid-tone shades of yellow, green, pink and blue - pastel colours will feel cheery and uplifting, plus they're easy to work with.

If you have period features, put them centre stage with a pared-back colour scheme, or you can use a different paint colour to highlight features such as dado-height panelling or skirting boards. While using a block colour is a surefire way to create a sense of calm in a room, you can add a splash of colour in other creative ways to easily jazz up your hallway or landing.

Try using a richly patterned wallpaper or paint in recesses, nooks, just above the dado rail or even on stair risers. A bold runner is an easy way to add interest to a hallway staircase and will draw the eye up the stairs, which is a good idea if you have a small or low-ceilinged entrance hall. Striped wallpaper designs are also perfect for visual trickery.

Other ways of instantly brightening up a hallway is by creating an interesting arrangement of your favourite photos, prints and postcards, or putting brightly coloured pot plants on a console table to transform the hallway into a vibrant space.

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Elegant tiled hallway
(pictured above)
Update a wide, traditional country house hallway with a simple but striking neutral scheme including powder blue walls, limestone flooring and elegant soft furnishings.

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Photograph by Robert Sanderson