Often neglected and forgotten about during a home renovation, your hallways aren't technically a "room," but they should be just as important as your living space or kitchen when it comes to decorating. A home that truly flows and feels complete is one with well-decorated hallways and a cohesive look from top to bottom. Whether you want a crisp, white hallway like this one from The Mama Notes or you want to experiment with elongating colors such as black (yes, black!), there's a color for you.
Below, you'll find our favorite choices for every hallway in your house.
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Your hallways should blend nicely into the rest of your home's rooms, but that doesn't mean you have to maintain the same color scheme throughout the house. Even if you go bolder in the bedrooms or kitchen, a neutral paint color can be a calming choice for your hallways and a great way to tie the rest of the home together. Farrow & Ball's Stony Ground is a classic color with light red undertones that give it warmth. It resembles a soft beige and looks beautiful with white trim.
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White paint has long been used to brighten up a space and help a small room feel larger. If your hallways are lacking in natural light (as many are), Kilz Ultra Bright White is a great choice. This bright white is free of any undertones and appears crisp and clean. It also lightens the mood of any dreary hallway, but works well to use behind framed artwork or portraits on a stairway hall, too.
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We love The Spruce's Lilac Sand for a hallway because it's bright enough to open up the space, but with a hint of color. This dusty taupe has a slight purple and lilac undertone and is a great choice for a modern farmhouse feel. It pairs well with whites or grays and looks wonderful against whitewashed wood.
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The best hallway colors provide a sense of calm and tranquility as your surroundings transition from day to night and night to day. Benjamin Moore's Windy Sky is a pale blue with cool undertones that almost reads neutral in certain light. It adds just enough color to create visual interest, but not so much that it will feel overwhelming in your hallway.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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There's just something about a rich green paint that makes any space feel homey and down to earth. Sherwin-Williams' Evergreen Fog is a cool medium green that feels muted and modern. It appears almost gray in certain lights or at certain times of the day, and is a great choice for a sophisticated home that needs a little pigment.
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It's a common misconception that only bright whites can help a space feel larger. In fact, sometimes a dark color can appear to push walls out and elongate a room. The Spruce's Cosmic Sapphire is a lovely deep navy blue that's perfect for modern homes and can pack a major punch in a hallway. We love it for stairway hallways, especially those that connect to a foyer. It's overall a great color for adding a lot of personality and depth.
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Gray paint is a great classic neutral that works beautifully in any hallway. Farrow & Ball's Elephant's Breath is a warm gray with hints of purple and magenta. It can give a cozy feeling to a spacious hallway that needs a little warmth and is a lovely choice for outside a bedroom.
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Though Benjamin Moore's Opal is only barely pink, it provides a lovely luminescence that opens up a hallway and gives off just enough color to create texture. It's a lovely choice for ceilings, and can even be painted floor-to-ceiling for a widening effect in a narrow hallway to create the illusion of more space.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Coral has become a very popular color in home decor and we think it works just as well in a hallway as it does in a bedroom or a living room. Clare's Pop paint is a playful, peachy coral that brightens up any space and is a fun choice for a hallway. Use this color in either a wider hallway or a narrow one—it works to both elongate while adding depth.
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Purple is an incredibly calming color—and when you scurry from your bedroom to the bathroom in the morning, a peaceful-feeling color is a great way to welcome the day. Magnolia's Vintage Collection is a lovely lavender hue with hints of gray. It works beautifully in any hallway and looks lovely next to white or light wood frames.
While your hallway may feel like an afterthought, putting effort into its look and feel will help your home become more cohesive and finished, and tie together a well-decorated space.