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Maximise Your Small Hallway with These Simple Decorating Tricks

Embrace the phrase 'small is beautiful' with these welcoming ways with tiny hallways

Julie Butterworth

Julie Butterworth

Interiors Writer

Aim for easy elegance

Initiate a warm welcome with a stylishly simple decorating scheme. Create an inviting hallway with a backdrop of soothing green walls and tasteful cream woodwork. Pick out typical hallway furniture,  like the mirror, console and decorative light shown here, to work in unison to create a familiar and homely vibe. Continue the co-ordinated scheme with cream accessories, such as a jug and lantern. 

Be brave; be bold

Set up a hip preparation zone with vibrant colours and mismatched patterns. Look out for funky geometric and floral wallpapers to give an understairs space a personality all its own. The single Perspex chair and strong red wall light make an artistic statement in this hallway. Cement the unconventional style with a sea of electric-blue carpet and add a dip-painted reed basket for a delicate Moroccan vibe.

 
White hallway with tongue and groove panelling
Photo credit: David Brittain for Country Homes & Interiors

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Tap into cherished country 

Combine three wood finishes to give a hallway simple yet elegant style. Line walls with white painted tongue-and-groove panelling to keep the space bright and open, then bring in an easy-on-the-eye oak chest of drawers and a classic black painted coat stand for vintage charm. Give the space personality with personal accessories and a pretty jug of colourful flowers.