Hallway wallpaper ideas – ways to add interest to halls with wall coverings and murals


Wallpaper is a welcome way to instantly add pattern, colour and intrigue to walls – an expression of personality in any room. With so many different designs and colours available wallpaper offers maximum design impact in a hallway.

Whether you’re looking for something bold and bright to enhance a modern scheme, calm and elegant to complement a period home or a bright retro wallpaper, there’s a wallpaper hallway idea for all tastes.

Hallway wallpaper ideas

Patterned wallpaper can totally transform a room in an instant. With the right preparation and research, using colour and pattern is a rewarding way to make the most of any room.

Better still, you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve a fresh and exciting new look – saving costs with feature walls and wallpapering small spaces. Our ideas are the perfect guide to bringing a little (or a lot) of wow to your walls.

1. Coordinate a colour scheme

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Create a cohesive colour scheme by picking out a key colour from your wallpaper design to paint the woodwork which frames it. As this beautiful example shows a matching colour scheme creates a big impact, giving the wallpaper design more prominence.

In this bright hallway the green and blue wallpaper is accentuated by the woodwork in the same shade of blue.

2. Add fun design in a family hallway

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Welcoming pattern to walls is a great way to add depth to a decorating scheme. In this family hallway a pegboard-style design gives the space a sense of fun, making the empty under stair area feel more thoughtful and creative. The wallpaper design adds a touch of nostalgia to the scheme, especially in a vibrant yellow colour palette.

The name tagged storage baskets and colourful patterned rug adds to family aspect of the space.

3. Match wallpaper throughout a hallway and landing

Use a wallpaper design to create a seamless flow to guide you through the space, transitioning through from the entrance hallway up onto the landing idea and the first floor above. Choose a design that intrigues to make the space come alive with pattern.

As with this bold hallway decor it’s a great idea to paint the adjoining walls in a paler shade that coordinates with the design but doesn’t overpower the print.

4.  Wow with a feature wall

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In a hallway where you have one full length of wall, while the opposite walls is broken with doorways, the layout naturally lends itself to wallpapering a feature wall idea. Choose a design you love to make a statement style impact from the moment the door is open, setting the tone for the rest of the decor throughout your home.

Take a daring approach to decorating your hallway – this beautiful blousy floral wallpaper is sure to brighten your mood as soon as you walk in the door.

5. Wallpaper the stairs

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Where you want to add wow with wallpaper, without overpowering the walls in a small space, try papering the stairs instead. Adorning the threads on a staircase is a creative way to welcome colour, pattern and interest to a hallway colour scheme.

6. Take pattern to a higher level

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To create depth in your hallway decorating scheme and naturally draw the eye upwards, guiding you up the stairs, choose to wallpaper at waist height and above. Save the bottom panel of the wall with a neutral to ground the scheme and allowing the pattern to really stand out.

Use a dado rail to gauge a natural divide, but fear not if your home doesn’t have this architectural detail – simply create your own divide by measuring a dividing at roughly waist height. Use a spirt level and masking tape to the determine a pleasingly sharp line to paint up to and wallpaper beyond.

7. Add wow with a statement wallpaper

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A bold patterned wallpaper is a great way to add an instant hit of personality to hallways. Choosing a monochrome colour palette allows the pattern to dominate without overpowering. Compliment the colours with co-ordinating furniture pieces and lots of natural materials to keep the look grounded.

This is an especially effective small hallway idea – so do’t let that narrow or tight space faze you.

8. Liven up a storage unit

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Choose a geometric grey wallpaper for a thoroughly modern way to jazz up a white storage unit in your hallway. Cover the wall before you fit the unit, and any gaps in the shelving will appear beautifully decorative. Circular hooks such as these will add to the futuristic effect.

9. Go bold to the ceiling

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Your hallway may seem a functional space, but Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire, founders of retro wallpaper brand Mini Moderns, see it as a playground where the past’s motifs inspire future ideas. And they believe you shouldn’t be put off by a lack of light.

‘When faced with a room or corridor without natural light, it can actually be more successful to use a darker colour,’ say Keith and Mark. ‘Include pattern to open it up visually,’ they recommend. And we recommend you wallpaper the ceiling, too, to take the look to a powerful and cocooning next level.

Buy now: Mini Moderns Pluto wallpaper, £55 a roll, John Lewis

10. Add a touch of luxe with gold

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Shine out with a white and gold wallpaper that demands attention. This design is a great example of a large-scale, uncluttered design that loses none of the eye-catching powers of a more busy print. It’s light and bright feel is ideal for a hallway, where natural light is often lacking.

11. Bring the outside in

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Choose a trailing trellis design to create the look of a summer garden in your hallway. Paired with a gardener’s table painted in a distressed green shade, this look is for those who can’t bear to be parted from their gardens when indoors. An abundance of cut flowers could barely be more appropriate as an accessory.

12. Set the scene

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Choose a scenic wall mural to add a characterful touch to an entranceway. Watch as visitors stand and stare at this striking wallpaper, which features a traditional landscape oil painting as its design. You’ll almost feel as though you could walk into this scene and the space will seem larger for this trick of the eye.

When using such a statement wall mural stick to furniture that will blend in, rather than add contrast.

13. Fake wood cladding with wallpaper

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Create a rustic hallway scheme by choosing a wallpaper that looks like weathered wooden boards. Distressed wall finishes are a popular look just now, and wallpapers are an easy way to get the look without the need for expensive wooden cladding.

A sleekly painted blue door, neutral wicker accessories and a striped storage seat show that this space isn’t in the slightest bit neglected.

14. Add character with a bold print

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Add a sense of fun to your hallway with a dog-print wallpaper. Go for a neutral design so that the colours are versatile and choose a print that features small dog motifs so people have to look at it quite closely to determine the details. A wooden rack mounted on the wall breaks up the design and provides a practical spot for hanging bags, umbrellas and dog leads, of course.

15. Travel the globe

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Adopt a super subtle approach to decorating with wallpaper by choosing a design that is so neutral it almost looks like a coat of paint. Travel enthusiasts who favour an understated way of conveying their passion will love this design. The cushion also picks up on the theme, while furniture in dark neutrals adds some contrast.

Can you wallpaper hallways?

Yes you can wallpaper hallways, in fact it’s a great place to use wallpaper to make a real wow statement for first impressions. If your wallpaper is maximalist and bold choose to wallpaper the largest expanse of wall, one that is not broken by doorways to avoid it feeling too overwhelming. For smaller, more subtle designs you can afford to wallpaper all walls – regardless of layout.

How do you pick wallpaper for a hall?

Pick a wallpaper for a hall that sets the tone for the rest of your decor, if you want to create a seamless flow throughout the downstairs layout. Pick out a dominant key featured in your chosen wallpaper to paint doors, door frames, cornicing and skirting boards to ensure the colour scheme matches perfectly.

With colour matching services in DIY retailers you can take a sample of your wallpaper along with you to get the exact colour match.

To create an impact from the minute you walk through the door choose an on-trend maximalist wallpaper that stands out, in comparison to your wider decorating scheme.

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