Hallways – long, narrow, and often without windows – can pose a particular creative problem: what color do you paint them to keep them from being gloomy? These hallway paint ideas might spark some solutions for your space.
Bedrooms with an en suite off a short hallway can be tricky. You might have closet or laundry-space doors that also open off the hall, cluttering the view. And if the room is an open plan like this one, with no door closing off the hall, every corner is visible. So choose a color that unifies the space. In this case, a pale, watery blue makes the most of the light, while white trim and doors keep things crisp and open.
Nothing says welcome home like a well-designed entry hall. But how do you manage a space that, by nature, is broken up by a multitude of doors, stairways, and second-floor hallways? Go for a single, neutral tone throughout. Choose one that’s just a few shades darker than the trim. In tall spaces, you can also go one-click darker on the ceiling. This designer trick makes the space look longer.
Traditional homes often have beautiful architectural details, adding a lot of texture to a space. That’s the good news. The bad? This can become visually overwhelming with the wrong paint color. A simple white on walls, trim, and ceiling allows the beautiful woodworking to shine without turning it into optical chaos.
We often paint foyers a dramatic color to create a memorable entry. But we don’t necessarily want to carry that color over into the rest of the house. If that’s the case in your space, start bringing in the second color in the foyer. Try the stairwell or trim — natural breaks that make sense for a new color. Then as you work the second color into the stairwell and hallway above, it will all flow.
Furniture Makes the Space
Is your hallway dark because it has no windows? Here are a couple of hallway paint ideas to make the most of the light. Paint the walls and ceiling the same light, neutral color, then brighten the space with white trim and doors. Adding artwork and furniture also helps make a hallway feel more like a room than just a passthrough.
If you live in a traditional home with beautiful wainscoting, make the most of it. Paint the wainscoting, trim, and doors one color (white or cream), then pull in soothing beige, greige, or light gray walls to set off the wooden border.
What’s the best color to paint a hallway with no windows? Does it always have to be light? As this hallway shows, a darker color adds drama and elegance. Pair it with light trim and dark accents to create a space you want to linger in.
Some homes, especially midcentury homes, have stained trim and doors. Keep the mod style going by leaving them their original color. Then paint the walls museum white and add stylish accents. A mirror can bounce the light out of a bedroom with a window and into a hallway, giving the effect of sunlight where there is none.
Leafy olive green is a great color for homes of any style, from modern to traditional. It’s especially appealing in spaces that bring in other natural elements, like wood and metal. Set off the darker hues with white trim, doors, and ceiling, but carry the green up the stairs and into the hallway above for a stunning effect.
Hallway as Art Gallery
In a super-sleek space, concrete floors reflect light from every part of the house into a narrow hallway. Between that, white-white paint, and high ceilings, you can make a hallway feel like an art gallery.
Even if your home is partially open plan, using the same color in all the rooms creates a pleasing sightline. Light gray sets off wood tones in floors and railings, making a space feel fresh and modern.