Bored of only using paint in your home? Well, if there's one small space to try jazzing up, it's the hallway. From the narrow passages to the open and airy entrance halls, every walkthrough could use a feature wall or focal point. Plus, a well-designed hall makes the flow of any abode more cohesive and creates a stunning first impression. To easily amp up your decor game, try playing with a little hallway wallpaper.
Here's exactly what you'll need to do.
1. Add some texture.
Wallpaper needn't always be loud and proud; you can also use it to add texture on a large scale. For example, grasscloth wallpaper, such as the one used in this hallway design by Cortney Bishop, is ideal for keeping things neutral but also adding depth and dimension. Pop some bold artwork on top, and voilà — you've got an inspiring space that complements the rest of your home.
2. Bring in pattern.
This hallway design by Studio McGee is a great example of how to work a patterned wallpaper in an entryway — it's fresh, zingy, and it adds personality to an otherwise functional area. Make a feature out of your own small hallway by adding in a storage bench and coat hooks alongside the wallcovering.
3. Exaggerate your vertical space.
Did you know you could create the illusion of more space with the right wallpaper pattern? The direction of any repeated design (horizontal or vertical) should also be taken into account when hanging wallpaper. If you want to make your hallway look taller, try a vertical stripe option like this one from Ferm Living. The bold print in this contemporary hallway is paired with muted hues to keep the area fresh and simple.
4. Make a statement.
If you're lucky enough to have a wider hall leading to your front door, don't be afraid to head over to the luxe side with your wallpaper choice. The bigger space can handle a statement! This long foyer, designed by Casey Sarkin Interior Design, features a pink and gray agate pattern that's seriously showstopping and a little glam. Glossy gray doors, a Moroccan runner, and capiz shell chandeliers from Serena & Lily finish off the look.
5. Indulge in a floral wallpaper moment.
Oftentimes, hallways have little to no natural light. So why not bring the outside in with your wallpaper design? Repeat floral patterns, such as this one by Farrow & Ball, are made for spaces that require a touch of flamboyance and pastel. And they'd be equally perfect for a country home or city dwelling. The playful design is both welcoming and cozy — just what you need after a day at work.
6. Don't be afraid of color.
While you might think vibrant wallpapers would be too harsh in a hallway, these spaces are, in fact, ideal for experimenting. After all, you don't actually spend an extended period of time in them. For a more impactful scheme, pick out a color from the pattern, and use that shade on the woodwork or other walls. Sandra of The Idle Hands demonstrates this perfectly, bringing out the dark blue of the floral design in this eclectic space.
7. Lean into whimsy.
Have a little fun with your hall makeover; the last thing you want is to go for a print that looks flat. Instead, cover your hallway in a whimsical pattern like Heidi Caillier did in this Tudor home. The wallpaper design, which features the sweetest, birds, trees, and berries, perfectly pops against the aqua paint color in the surrounding space. But the white door trim and ceiling creates balance.
8. Try a removable style.
Renters, rejoice! There's a DIY wallpaper option for you, too. Removable versions now come in a range of styles. They won't damage your walls, which means you can have an impactful style moment and still get your security deposit back. This blush number from Hygge & West was inspired by a painted mural in an old hotel bar in San Miguel de Allende.