Hallways are hard. Finding hallway decor inspiration is a long slog, and you need to consider all of the rooms that are coming off of it. So: here’s Colour Lead, Aaron’s take on how to curate your hallway colour scheme ideas. “My number one piece of advice is to decide on paint colours for the rest of your home before you even consider the hallway decoration. If you know what you’re doing with the rooms you actually live in, then how you decorate these transitional spaces should be far more obvious. The longest amount of time you will spend in your hallway is when you’re picking paint colours for it… or you’re a very drunk uni student sat on the stairs, clinging to a bannister.”
We’re gonna cover some of the best ways COAT Paints can be used to give you all the hallway decor inspiration you need. The hallway is the first thing that people see when they come into your home, so it sets the tone on what to expect too. Be bold in how this space works for you; first impressions are everything after all.
A Light Touch
Neutral colour palettes are great in hallways for creating bright, airy spaces that are inviting and awe inspiring. The undertone of the neutral is key to the atmosphere you want to create. Using yellow-based neutrals like Pampas are great for hallways, they’re warm and welcoming to guests and provide a nurturing atmosphere after a long day in the office. Pampas also has a delicate green undertone, meaning it works great with house plants, and means that the rooms off of it can be deeper green tones or other beiges. Compliment with Duvet Day woodwork to create a bolder beige colour palette.
@gareth_at_31 opted for a classic 'Duvet Day' in their hallway.
Using a durable hallway paint is super important, so we advise using our Soft Sheen finish on any surfaces that might get scuffed or have mucky pup prints all over. That way, you can wipe it down with ease. The Soft Sheen works particularly well in brighter colours as these reflect more light, making it more difficult to see the sheen across the surface.
Panelling has also become a really popular way of creating some architectural interest in hallways. Having half height panelling in a deeper colour to the walls above keeps your neutral colour palettes Well Grounded, just like this hallway by @augustus.coop.
@augustus.coop creating definition in their hallway using 'Well Grounded'. Big Fans.
Maintaining their spot as some of the best paint colours for hallways are greys. They’re a fairly traditional choice at this point, and for good reason. They’re super reliable, and generally pretty stable. The key to picking a grey colour scheme is about the undertones in the grey. Cooler greys tend to look more dramatic or airy, depending on their depth. Whereas warm greys are more welcoming to walk into.
Dark grey woodwork is one of our fave modern hallway ideas, particularly when paired with lighter walls like On Mute. These brighter large surfaces create a cleanliness to the scheme, while the deeper woodwork adds drama and character, and let’s face it, everyone wants a David Rose at home (if you know, you know).
@claireschauhan making moves in her hallway.
Some of the warmer greys are perfect for incorporating more modern hallway ideas, as they’re versatile and work with a larger range of colours. Good Intentions, for example, is a greyed taupe, and so with it’s warm undertone works great with most colours. The stairs in Nomad, everyone’s fave dark olive, and the spindles in pure black, The Record Store, have us falling, literally… danger zone.
@brickdustbaby going for the big triple. Nomad, Good Intentions and The Record Store.
Hallway designs that include refreshing colour palettes provide an uplifting burst of colour that is perfect for inviting guests into. Clean, minty tones are clean and bright and make for a great first impression, much like a post-dentist smile. Colours like Detox work really well on walls, this blue-green tone feels pristine, but it’s added black pigment adds depth and intrigue. Very clean living… bliss.
Not to harp on about a subject, but panelling is making a comeback, and for good reason. It’s super practical as it is usually painted in an Eggshell finish, a durable paint finish for wood and metal work. This means that you can also use it to hide ugly radiators by using the same colour, making it one of the best hall painting ideas for homes. This panelling looks naturally nurturing in soft, mid-greens like Home Grown. This curious green is both vibrant and soft due to it’s blue and grey undertones, perfect for picking out interesting architecture as shown here by @planetlucygram.
'Home Grown' on the stairs of @planetlucygram. Stunning.
Dark colour palettes make for beautiful transitional spaces, that also make your living areas feel brighter and cleaner. By picking a dark colour for your hallway, you can also use greys, taupes and other deep colours, as their black pigments allow for a consistency in flow across your whole property. Deep jewel tones on the walls, like Adulting (a universal COAT fave green blue with a grey undertone) is perfect for this, as it goes with everything.
@ourhome_a_r making moves with 'Adulting'. It's big, bold and we're obsessed.
Dark colour palettes can be a little intimidating for those of you that are yet to fully embrace the dark side. Fortunately, there are some cheap tricks to pulling darks into your hallway. Keeping the walls brighter, with darker trims is often a great way to invest in these dusky darks without the commitment to dramatic, dungeon vibes. Using pure blacks for this, such as The Record Store are great for adding a dark hallway paint idea to your home.
@moedington keepin' it classy with 'The Record Store'.
Darks don’t always have to be black and blue though! Using warmer colours, like deep, greyed pink, Festival Eve, is an awesome way to create an exciting focal point in your hallway. It also works really well with our taupe colour family, with colours like Sunday Soul and Good Intentions.
Mix It Up
Failed to grab your attention so far? Need more colour? Or just looking for more ideas for welcoming colour scheme ideas for hallways? Look no further.
Mixing your colours up, and using them in interesting ways makes for a punchy palette that makes a confident statement about the colourful person you truly are! The first way you could do this is by using wallpaper. Bold wallpaper designs are great in hallways, and are also practical as nowadays they’re usually slightly glazed and can be wiped down. When doing woodwork, or lower walls with your wallpaper design, use a colour from the wallpaper to create harmony across the whole space. See this great example by @thegemdrewhouse.
@thegemdrewhouse being the most welcoming with 'Good Intentions', those colours though!
Wall graphics in vibrant colours are an awesome way to add intrigue. Highlight interesting architecture, such as traditional spindles, archs and the like with an acidic colour pop, like our new chartreuse, Plant Power, puts a punch into more subdued colour schemes. You can do the same thing with vibrant colours like Felt Cute, and combine with colours that are opposite on the colour wheel for a really vibrant colour contrast. When it comes to colour, be brave, and act the fool… always. You’ll have a much more welcoming colour scheme for your hallway that way!
'Felt Cute', Yep, us too! This hallway is like a warm hug, we're obsessed. @lindsey_isa bravo.