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Make the most of your hallway – Phil Spencer

Your hallway is your chance to make a good first impression on your visitors. Think about entering a friend’s home and seeing a pile of shoes cluttering the path, or washing hanging over a radiator along the wall. We’ve all been there but it’s not something you’ll want to replicate in your own home. If you have a small space, making things light and inviting is all the more important.

Hallway lighting ideas

Getting your lighting and paintwork right will make a big difference. Make the most of your natural light by using mirrors. As the light bounces around, you’ll brighten up the room and widen it at the same time. There’s no limit on size other than what the dimensions of your wall will allow. The larger the better!

hallway mirror

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To create a welcoming space, shy away from dark paint and wallpaper colours and splash your walls with light, warm shades instead. If you have a specific question about paint colours, why not head to Rated People’s Ask an expert section where a professional painter or decorator will be able to offer advice. Don’t forget to think about your line of vision once you cross your doorstep too. You want to create flow, removing any obstructions like the pillar I had in my own home, to let the light flow through and encourage people to move through rooms.

Work on your staircase

Not every home has a pillar but far more common is the boxed-in staircase. If you’re in need of more light, you can do wonders by simply opening it up and taking off the wooden panels surrounding it. A decent builder will be able to help you achieve the results that you’re after. Whether you have a pillar or boxed-in staircase that needs attention, it’s important to not be tempted to knock it down without consulting a structural engineer first. The last thing you want to do is compromise your home’s structure and your family’s safety.

open staircase

Image Source: Apartment Therapy

Once you’ve got the natural lighting fixed, make your property work that bit harder by thinking about installing low-level lighting along the bottom of a wall extending up your stairs. Dimmer switches will let you change the lighting to suit the time of day and your mood but lighting can and should start from outside too. Aside from warning you when somebody is approaching your home, halogen floodlights are a great deterrent for burglars and will be welcoming to your nearest and dearest. They’re a starting point for you to carry through to your hallway, making sure that you can illuminate the hallway with a ceiling light for walking through in the dead of night.

Hallway furniture ideas

If you have enough space, finish things up with a console table. It makes a nice hallway piece and it gives you somewhere to place a lamp for an extra boost. Just be careful with your security; don’t leave your keys on the table. A burglar’s favourite trick is the hooked keys on a wire to get inside your home without causing any damage.

console table

Image Source: DecorPad

More often than not, great hallways lead to great homes and with a bit of work, you can send yours straight up the pecking order.


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Phil Spencer

Phil Spencer doesn’t need much of an introduction, he’s TV’s most well-known property presenter, having co-presented Location, Location, Location and Relocation, Relocation for over 10 years. Phil'ls blog posts focus on adding value and advice/ tips for when you're buying or selling your house.

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  1. I would appreciate advice re decorating my hallway. There is an entrace area measuring 6′ 6″ by 4′ 6″ with leading off 60′ by 3′ 6″. I am an oap living in a bungalow & like traditional / modern decor. Thank you

    1. Thanks for the feedback Teresa, noted! It’s great to hear about the topics people are wanting so we can plan future content pieces.

  2. Love the advice you give, taken onboard the Big Mirror’s, tables put around the hallway.
    Looks Great. Thanks Phill

  3. Hi Phil, We will be moving to a bungalow soon that has solid oak doors leading off of the hallway into all of the other rooms…as these doors will not have any glass to borrow the light into the hallway we will be following your advise and have a feature of mirrors on both walls if possible.

  4. Love the stairs I’ve just laid dark flooring in my hall and through lounge and all the furniture is white so this would look great, could you tell me what paint and varnish you used please.

  5. Sorry Phil but that second picture looks like an absolute death trap to me. Shiny wooden stairs to slip on, a chair that you have to squeeze past to get through & mats on a shiny floor. Very pretty, but just looks like an accident waiting to happen.

  6. We have a narrow corridor into a square space so have painted White cotton above dado rail and Egyptian cotton below which gives a feeling of space and light. Two clear metal star lights in different sizes according to space also a very large silver heavy framed mirror above a large cupboard in the larger square space. But want to paint cupboard as its yellow pine. Any suggestions? As carpet throughout is mustard yellow have pictures in these colours. Thought about a blue grey colour or airforce blue paint. All paint work is white otherwise xx

    1. Hi Gilly,

      I’d try asking this as a question for our painting and decor experts at

  7. It’s easy to make a big hall look amazing. What about if you have a tiny hall..well 1 .5 m X11.5 m with stairs right in front of you..what can you do with that.?

  8. Love your ideas,could really do with you to advise about renovating our 1850 heritage interestcottage or throwing in the towel & moving to a modern home.How do I apply for “Love it or List it”????

  9. Would be nice if they lived in the real world ? most people have a hall way the size of the toilets in these large house with massive hallways

  10. Great ideas, but there’s no mention of flooring. Please could you advice on flooring? If it’s real wood, is it oiled or varnished pleased. Not too keen on the two popular artificicial floorings.

    1. Hi Kathy,
      Phil doesn’t comment directly on his blogs I’m afraid – these are managed by us at Rated People. However, I’d recommend asking him via his Twitter page (you can always link to this blog for reference so he knows what you’re referring to. :)) Heads up that we may very well do some future Q&A’s with him where there would be an opportunity to ask questions like this. We also make a note of feedback for future topic ideas.

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