Stylish narrow hallway ideas to make the most of your tight spaces
If you’re looking for some narrow hallway ideas and top tips for maximising your space, then you’ve come to the right place. We know you want a house that’s welcoming and beautiful. However, it’s hard to know how to create that when you’re working with limited square footage.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with Deirdre McGettrick (founder of furniture search and comparison engine ufurnish.com and co-host of The DnA of Home Interiors podcast) to put together some of our favourite designs and trends in the carousel below. Check it out and prepare to be inspired. We’re going to show you how to turn your hallway way from ‘dumping ground’ to ‘profound.’
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Inspiring narrow hallway ideas
Long narrow hallway ideas
This elegant and luxurious hallway is a beautiful example of how to dress a narrow space. The neutral diamond shaped floor tiles stand out against the white paint and frames, while the shabby-chic desk fits snugly in the window’s alcove.
We love the dried flowers, adding a pop of colour, the vintage mirror that adds depth, and the light shades that add a touch of opulence.
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Small narrow hallway ideas
This modern hallway incorporates neutral walls and skirting boards to create an open feel. The small overhead light creates height while the large framed artwork on one wall adds interest and breaks up the monotony.
The wooden laminate floor is another nice trick here. The horizontal lines add depth and space while the sheen brightens up the aesthetic.
Narrow hallway ideas pictures
This contemporary hallway design is clean, sharp and striking. The black framed glass door matches the round mirror, planter and picture frames, tying the space together.
The polished concrete floor of this house offers a neutral contrast to the stark walls. However, due to its gleam and consistency, it helps lift the space and give the illusion of greater width.
Decorating a narrow hallway ideas
This homeowner has used the horizontal floorboard trick alongside the neutral walls and large mirror to create depth. Other areas of interest include the black mini-chandeliers and silver console table that sits under the white framed mirror.
The storage cabinet on the right hand side takes up the entire wall. However, there’s a bench set back in the alcove where you can sit and take off your shoes before storing them in the unit (along with the other coats and accessories).
Narrow hallway artwork ideas
Why not jazz up your hallway by incorporating some of your favourite artwork? You can even display it in a way that depicts art itself.
These lovely pieces break up the plain decor of this hallway and add interest. The mismatched shapes and sizes draw your attention to what they’re framing, while the neutral colours blend nicely with the cream painted walls, helping to deepen the space so it feels less narrow.
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Wall accent advise from uFurnish
‘The style of your entrance hall will of course make a first impression, telling your guests a bit about you. Creating an accent wall that runs the entire length of your hallway, either in the form of a photo or artwork gallery, will both add personality whilst accessorising the wall space.
This will also lead guests nicely to the end of the hallway. A mirror at the end of the space will enable the area to feel larger, whilst bringing in ample light from the surrounding rooms. Using feature wall lighting or a vibrant runner which both run the entire length of the hallway, are great additions for brightening any narrow entrance area.’ — Deirdre McGettrick
Add a beautiful hallway runner
‘The hallway is one of the most used spaces in the home,’ says Deirdre McGettrick, founder of furniture search and comparison engine ufurnish.com, and co-host of The DnA of Home Interiors podcast. ‘In essence, the hallway is like the palette cleanser – the space between different rooms within your home that allows guests to reset their expectations, ready for the next room.’
How to dress your narrow hallway
For many, the hallway can be a narrow space, so dressing this area well with smart accessories and a clever colour palette is key to accentuating it. Do not feel put off by this awkward, in-between space – embrace it, and direct the interest to the end of the hallway, not just the sides. — Deirdre McGettrick
We love this gorgeous hexagon shaped black framed mirror. It sits above an elegant glass console table adorned with green marble accessories, adding a touch of elegance and decadence to the space.
Narrow hallway decorating ideas
When it comes to decorating a narrow hallway, the trick is to incorporate as much light as possible. Due to hallways rarely having windows, an easy way to open the space is to hang a mirror or two. Not only does this reflect the walls and create the illusion of depth, they reflect as much light as possible.
The white painted bricks of this hallway plus the mirror are a good example of how to inject some interest and light. A narrow table with flowers or a key holder is a nice idea if you want to make a welcoming and useful entrance piece.
Narrow hallway and stairs ideas
If you have a narrow hallway next to your stairs, creating separation and depth is key.
In the case of the stairs, this homeowner has used an animal print stair runner to create depth and contrast. They’ve continued the idea in their hallway (which has vertical floor panels) with another carpet runner. Except, this one is decorated with flowers and doesn’t match the stairs. Why? Because it creates separation and the therefore the illusion of more space.
Modern narrow hallway ideas
If you have a narrow hallway but want to use the space for storage, an easy way to do that is to add a narrow sideboard. This example works well in this neutral space because the cabinet incorporates the colour of the wood flooring to seamlessly integrate the two together.
Keep colour and texture to accessories, such as these books, lamp and plant. That way, your hallway doesn’t look cluttered or crowded and offers a warm and attractive welcome to guests.
Vintage narrow hallway and stairs ideas
We love this vintage hallway design. The duck egg walls are classic and clean, while the floral carpet runner pulls the whole space together.
This house has opted to keep their coats and shoes in cupboards to the left, while a quaint key rack hangs on the right for easy access.
We also love the pictures and frame that adorn the walls here, adding a friendly and homely feel the minute you step over the threshold.
Clever hallway and stairs storage ideas
Homeowners, especially those in terraced houses, often have staircases next to their hallway. Sometimes, the gap is extremely small. And if that’s the case, your only option is to incorporate some sort of smart storage.
How great is this staircase solution? Not only does it offer a whole new storage area, it keeps everything compact and tidy when folded away, saving you room and precious square footage!
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Art nouveau style hallway ideas
We adore the plush nature of this art nouveau hallway. The violet console table and matching bench create a pop of colour and depth, making this space stand out in the best way.
The white bookshelves and wall panels add texture, while the light wood floors are polished and bright for an extra lift. It’s a space that introduces you to the house straight away. You already know what awaits you beyond the doors, and that’s exactly what a well decorated hallway should do.
Boho style narrow hallway decor
This lovely and cosy entrance is a gorgeous example of how to make a great first impression. The warm wooden floors and cream coloured walls are tranquil and muted, while the distressed wood of the door and matching mirror frame give off a rustic vibe.
The tall pampas grass in the glass vase matches the decor perfectly. The way it tucks nicely behind the alcove means it’s protected from the draft whenever the front door is opened and closed.
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