10 Clever Hallway Decor Ideas

Hallway with wooden bench and white pillow on top with decorative rug and painting on wall

The Spruce / Christopher Lee Foto

Just because the hall isn’t a “room” in the traditional sense, doesn’t mean it should be neglected. Your corridor is the first thing guests see when they arrive, so it sets the tone for the rest of your home. You want to create a space that speaks to your design sensibility, while being functional and welcoming. Sounds like a tall order, but with a little ingenuity, you can create a pretty pathway with plenty of personality.

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    Get Organized

    Wall-Mounted Organization in Hallway
    Details Blog

    Utilize every square inch. Just because you lack a front hall closet or don’t have space for a credenza, doesn’t mean you have to toss your stuff on the first surface you see. Take a cue from Details Blog and “pack as much functionality as possible” with wall-mounted organization. A whimsical sign or favorite piece of artwork will charm anyone who happens by.

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    Create a Gallery Wall

    Photo Frames in Hallway

    Style at Home

    Some may see a blank corridor, but we see a gallery just waiting to happen. Hanging family portraits, photos, and artwork is a simple solution to give your pathway a personal touch. Choosing coordinating frames in a single color, like we see in this long hallway from Style at Home, creates a cohesive look. 

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    Go Bold With Striped Wallpaper

    Striped Hallway Wallpaper
    Brittany Ambridge via Domino

    Looking for a fail-proof way to instantly enliven? Deck your halls in stripes. Black and white is classic. Or play with fun color combination for an extra pop. For renters and indecisive types? There’s removable wallpaper! (P.S. Here are 10 peel-and-stick brands you should know).

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    Add a Picture Ledge

    Picture Ledge in Hallway

    Bare walls are begging for pizzaz. A picture ledge is perfect! Beyond just photos, you can display trinkets and meaningful momentos. Want more? Enhance the effect with framed prints.

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    Take It In a Modern Direction

    Storage Bench in Hallway
    The Lily Pad Cottage

    Fan of modern aesthetics? Complementary neutral hues, sleek flooring, geometric patterns, and curated accent pieces produce a cool, contemporary flow. Need a spot to stash stuff? Swap in a storage bench.

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    Be Concise With Accoutrements

    Parisian-Inspired Hallway Design

    Say “bonjour” to this Parisian-inspired hallway. White walls and light wood floors are a clean slate. Infuse French charm with a checkered runner, bloom-filled vase, and framed art. Très chic!

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    Expand Space With Mirrors

    Welcoming Hallway Design
    Sean Litchfield via Homepolish

    round mirror and narrow console are an apartment dweller’s best friend. But don’t take our word for it. The welcoming entryway of this bachelor pad, designed by Nicole Watts, is undeniable proof.

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    Liven Things Up With Botanical Wall Coverings

    Botanical Wall Covering in Hallway
    Planete Deco

    Awkward layouts often fall into disarray as homeowners struggle to properly appoint them. Challenge accepted! Dress up a drab hall with a bold botanical wall covering. Think: Verdant vines, palm trees, banana leaves, and flirty florals.

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    Lay Down an Area Rug

    Long, Narrow Corridor With Area Rug
    Bigger Than the Three of Us

    Long, narrow corridor? Lay down an area rug, or, more accurately, a runner to define it and add warmth. Give your space a splash of earthy paint, then layer in artwork and pendant lights. Finally, take it to the next level with a few plants.

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    Hang Wooden Hooks

    Wooding Hooks in Hallway
    Over The Ocean

    Function meets form and fashion in this entry by Over The Ocean. Tuck coats in the closet and hang items like totes and hats on circular wooden hooks. These beauties are from Muuto. You can also score stylish sets from CB2 and Etsy.