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These Small Hallway Ideas Will Help You Maximise Any Space

From coat hooks to carpets, there are plenty of design options for creating the illusion of a grand entrance.

It’s important that your hallway makes an impact. It’s the first part of your house that guests see, setting the tone for the rest of your interior design and welcoming you home at the end of the day.

However, most hallways are small and narrow which can limit how much furniture and other decorative features you can squeeze in, so it’s easy to just give up on the design potential of this important little room.

Nick Acaster, Managing Director at Stair Rods Direct, offers his design advice for making the most of a small hallway…

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Cut down on the clutter


We all like to keep the things that we need for our trips outside close at hand.

However, this can often lead to our hallways becoming messy piles of shoes, bags, and other daily paraphernalia.

Try to keep the space as clear as you can – clutter only worsens the lack of space available to us and it can be an overwhelming sight as soon as you walk through the front door.

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go for block colour

small hallway ideas


A small hallway typically won’t suit patterned walls, as they can be quite busy and make the room look even smaller.

Instead, focus on light or bright solid blocks of colour and add a bit of drama to your wall. Continue the theme by painting your skirting boards to suit.

Consider a contrasting dado rail

This is a subtle design feature that doesn’t take up space or break it up — plus, the running line of a dado rail helps draw the eye further into the house, adding depth.

Protect your walls

Dado rails and skirting boards also protect your walls from scuffs and scrapes, making them perfect for areas that receive plenty of foot traffic.

A lot of flustered movement takes place in your hallway as people arrive and get ready to leave, so your walls will benefit from the added protection.

go for 2-in-1 storage options

small hallway ideas


To make the most of the available space, try to find hallway furniture that combines two storage solutions in one.

Cabinets that double as shelving provide hidden-away, internal storage, as well as a surface on top to keep a key bowl, potted plant, or lamp.

A cosy bench with storage underneath is perfect for organising your shoes, plus you have something to sit on when tying your laces.

install a peg rail

Some things just make sense to have in a hallway, like peg rails that you can hang your coats, hats, and scarves on.

Turn these necessary elements into design features by choosing a style that suits your décor — there’s a lot of contemporary designs to choose from.

Go for a metallic peg rail in the same tone as your door handles, thresholds, and light fittings for a cohesive look.

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Add Stair Runners

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Decorate hardwood staircases with a contrasting stair runner and go glam with a set of accompanying stair rods to add another dimension to your compact entryway.

Stair runners flow down the centre of your stairs and draw the eye upwards, adding height to a small hallway, while your choice of pattern and colour adds style.

Try Removable Wallpaper

Alternatively, 2019’s hottest interior design trend is removable wallpaper. Perfect for regularly switching up your style, this trend can be applied to individual steps — the vertical bit, not the part you step on — for a bold look with lots of drama.

The rule of avoiding patterns doesn’t apply here: add a statement floral or polka dot pattern for a pop of personality.

The lack of space in most hallways means that you don’t always have a lot of creative freedom when it comes to choosing the layout and design of your hallway or how much furniture you can have in it.

But, by having a stair runner or applying removable wallpaper, you can easily customise the look of your hallway to suit your mood as often as you like.

Hallways can be tricky to get right due to their size, but the tips in this guide can help you make the most of the available space.

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Nick Acaster is Managing Director at staircase specialists, Stair Rods Direct, offering an amazing choice of carpet stair rods to create elegance on your staircase.