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Hallway design: How to create an impressive entrance

Doubling up as a first and last impression for guests, your hallway design has the power to set the tone for the rest of your home. It doesn’t take much to spruce it up – a little creative décor and some smart furniture choices are enough to instantly lift the look and feel of the space.

If you’ve got a project in the works but aren’t sure where to start, glance through some of our top hallway design tips selected by our team of experts.

1. Staircase features

It wouldn’t be a Multi-Turn blog without mentioning the stairs! Whether you’re undergoing a renovation or having a completely new flight installed, your stairs could be the statement feature of your hallway, with endless ways to customise and enhance the design.

Check out some of our latest Style Guides for how you can modernise your design with a touch of glass, maximise light with open risers and wow guests with impressive bottom steps.

2. Striking lighting

Hallways rely on good lighting – often more than any other room in the house, in fact! We’d always recommend maximising your use of natural light where possible, but these areas can be small and may not have ample space for windows, which is where being creative with your design plan comes in.

By placing a feature chandelier or pendant and beautifully crafted lamps to create a focal point, you’ll instantly create a more welcoming atmosphere and set the mood for the rest of your home. You can also add strategically placed LED downlights to ensure you have good quality coverage in any darker areas.

3. Clear the clutter

Chances are, the first thing you do when you walk through the door is drop your keys, take off your coat and kick off your shoes. Rather than tripping over the odd boot or losing your keys in a pile of bits and bobs, consider implementing some smart storage solutions when you plan for your project.

It’s not all just about cupboards or coat racks, either; though ideal! It can be as simple as investing in some trinket bowls, a smart umbrella stand or a couple of baskets and boxes. If you have a little bit more space to play with, consider making the most of the space under your stairs. We featured some of our favourite ways to do this over on our blog.

4. Statement furniture

Furniture is key for injecting a little personality and character into your hallway. A console table is perfect for this and will give you the opportunity to have fun creating the perfect vignette. Here, you can display some of your favourite pieces and accessories like photos, books or flowers. Finish with a table lamp to lift a darker hallway and a statement mirror above to give the illusion of a larger space.

5. Flooring that flows

Modern homes are commonly embracing the combination of different flooring materials and textures to make a practical and decorative statement in the hallway. Laminate or solid wood is versatile and works in any room, tiles are durable and contemporary, and carpet adds comfort to an otherwise mainly functional space.

Darker palettes or patterned styles especially have picked up in popularity, as designers look to add a splash of colour for warmth, whilst also helping to avoid the tell-tale signs of heavy footfall.

6. Gallery walls

A gallery wall is a great way to add a personal touch and quickly transform your hallway; it’s fun, creative and doesn’t have to cost the earth. If you like to change your décor a lot, they also give you a transient way to showcase your evolving tastes, new additions to the family or growing art collection!

There are no hard and fast rules to create the perfect gallery wall, but a single, block colour wall and contrasting, coordinating frames are favourites for a clean and uncluttered look.

To find out more about how we could help you transform your hallway, get in touch with our team on 01962 712299 or email


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