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Hallway Ideas - 31 Best Hallway Decor Ideas For Your Home

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The hallway can often be the most neglected area of the home, overlooked when it comes to design and decoration in favour of those rooms we use most often. But everything from the colour on your walls to the materials underfoot can create a warm welcome for you and your guests.

'Hallways are the most important transitional spaces within our homes so whatever we choose to do decoration-wise has to work perfectly with the other rooms that lead off it,' says Marianne Shillingford, creative director at Dulux. 'This decorating dilemma often results in us being super cautious with colour and using neutral pale shades which can flatten the atmosphere, creating a space that is simply a functional corridor that no one really lingers in or remembers.

'You need to break down the visual boxiness of the space and add focal points of interest that make it a more dynamic part of your home to be in. '

Whether you have a dark hallway or a cluttered dumping ground, take inspiration from these hallway decor ideas, and expert tips and tricks to help you make the most of your space.

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Hallway ideas: use art

Just because a hallway is a transitional space, doesn't mean it should be neglected when it comes to dressing with art or accessories.

'Always walk around the space and you will feel the natural spots for art to be,' says Camilla Clarke, Creative Director at interior design studio Albion Nord. 'This may be next to a window or at the end of a corridor. Remember art doesn’t always need to be hung on the centre of the wall it can rest on top of tables or layered next to sculptures or on bookshelves and joinery.'


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Hallway ideas: go for laminate

Your choice of flooring will have a bearing on how light your hallway feels. Opting for pale wooden planks will create the illusion of more light and space, but go for a wood-effect laminate instead of the real thing– anything sealed will make a high-traffic area a little more resilient, and effectively reflect light into a darker space.

Pictured: House Beautiful Portobello Wool Carpet (on stairs,) and Corinthan Laminate Flooring, both at Carpetright

John Lewis & Partners

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Hallway ideas: feature storage

When it comes to hallway storage, so many of us will look to narrow consoles, low benches, or wall-mounted cubbies – but with these pieces, functionality often supersedes form. Provided your hallway is wide enough, there is no reason why you shouldn't go for more feature furniture, like a beautifully designed chest of drawers.

Pictured: Bobbin 3 Drawer Chest at John Lewis & Partners

Little Greene

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Hallway ideas: pops of colour

A small hallway doesn't have to mean a dull hallway, says Emily Dunstan, Buyer at Heal's, nor do you have to stick to white paint to make it feel brighter and bigger. 'Don't be afraid to experiment with colour, especially in a light-starved space; confident use of a bright colour such as yellow creates a welcoming and vibrant space. If you don't want to go all out and paint your walls bright yellow, try adding a few bold accessories such as hooks or benches to get a similar feel.'

Pictured: Walls painted in Re:Mix Livid at Little Greene

Cult Furniture

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Hallway ideas: rethink your design approach

When tackling a hallway redesign, think of your space as you would any other room. It's not simply a transitional area to hang your coat – hallways will benefit from a considered use of paint, softening rugs and runners, wall art and accessories as much as any other room.

Pictured: Small Osterley Indoor Plant Pot at Cult Furniture


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Hallway ideas: the illusion of space

'Create the illusion of space by adding mirrors,' says Emily. 'They reflect light, making the space seem wider and brighter, as well as giving you the chance to double check your appearance before you walk out the door.'

Pictured: Orta Round Mirror at Heal’s


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Hallway ideas: extra seating

If space allows, seating can be a useful addition to a hallway. 'It could be the perfect spot to escape to relax and read, somewhere to chat on the phone or simply a space to wait for others to put their shoes on. You could choose a statement chair and table to create a proper seating area or use a bench option instead,' says Emily.

Pictured: Cath Kidston Stargazer Chaise Longue at DFS

House Beautiful

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Hallway ideas: try adding colour

'Hallways are typically smaller spaces, so we can afford to add more colour as we are merely passing through to our main living spaces,' says Gillian C. Rose, colour scientist, interior designer and founder of The Science of Colour. This warm sunshine shade is a particularly good choice for an uplifting welcome.

Pictured: House Beautiful Earth Notes EN.06 Paint at Homebase

Mylands London

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Hallway ideas: creating a palette

The size and length of a hallway should always be a key consideration when selecting a colour palette.

'For a warm glow, the skirting could be a clotted cream colour (high gloss finish), the walls could be in a soft butter yellow (flat finish), and the ceiling could be a hint of peaches and cream (flat finish). For a fresh, cool bask, the skirting could be a crisp light grey (high gloss finish), the walls in a pale minty colour (flat finish), and the ceiling the palest of azure (flat finish),' says Gillian.

Pictured: Door painted in Copper Green No.36 at Mylands London

John Lewis & Partners

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Hallway ideas: WFH space

Under stair space can be more than just a cupboard for household debris. Forgoing the extra storage and opening it up can create new opportunities, such as a seating area to relax in or a modest desk and chair to provide a compact work from home space.

Pictured: ANYDAY collection at John Lewis & Partners

Jon Day Photography

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Hallway ideas: conscious styling

'As a transitional space within the home, it’s important that the hallway is clutter- free, well-lit, and consciously styled in-keeping with the rest of the interiors,' says Shelley Cochrane, Accessories Buyer at Furniture Village. 'The key to striking the perfect balance is to choose furnishings and décor that are both beautiful and functional – think slim-line consoles and storage benches to tidy away essentials, and handy wall mirrors for last-minute touch ups. '

Pictured: Hewitt Large Sideboard at Furniture Village

Sweetpea & Willow

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Hallway ideas: layering lighting

Transform a dark hallway with carefully positioned lighting, says Emily. 'Directional wall lights can highlight a beautiful ceiling, and pendant lighting can be really effective in making a small space feel much bigger. A single pendant light can have the opposite effect, leaving too many shadows and patches of darkness. Instead, opt for multiple pendant lights running the length of your hall. This will draw the eye into the space and feel much warmer and inviting.'

Pictured: Eos Up Feather Wall Lamp at Sweetpea & Willow


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Hallway ideas: try scandi-inspired

'Hallways, by nature, are typically dark. Brown, green, grey, telephone box red, and any of the primary colours in full hue, are all ones I would avoid,' says Gillian.

Instead, try a subtle scandi-inspired palette with a spectrum of clean whites and pale woods.

Pictured: House Beautiful Corinthian Doric Laminate at Carpetright


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Hallway ideas: add a runner

Whilst tiles or wooden floors are the easy-to-clean option in a high-traffic hallway, slipping your shoes off onto a cold floor isn't terribly welcoming.

'A hallway runner can offer comfort as well as being the final touch that brings the design elements of your hallway together,' says Emily. 'Choose from a variety of colourways, patterns and textures. Think about whether you want to make a statement with your runner or whether your flooring is the centrepiece. If it's the latter, a more muted rug, such as natural jute, might work better. Don't forget to add an anti-slip mat underneath.'

Pictured: Ferm Living Square Runner at Heal's

Rose & Grey

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Hallway ideas: vertical storage

'Ensure you have enough storage for everyone in the home to have a couple of pairs of shoes in the hallway, plus room for guests to leave theirs when they arrive,' says Emily. You can get a bit creative with storage in small spaces, employing a narrow locker like this Mustard Made design.

Pictured: Mustard Made Locker at Rose & Grey


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Hallway ideas: window dressing

'Blinds can be used to add a pop of colour and visual interest in the hallway where there is less wall space for other decorative elements. Introduce a window blind with an on-trend botanical design to bring the scheme right up to date. You can introduce texture to a neutral hallway with digitally printed window blinds. The result is a simply stunning showpiece for windows,' says Mike Stephen of Apollo Blinds.

Pictured: House Beautiful Breeze Russet Blinds at Hillarys

Farrow & Ball

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Hallway ideas: indoor/outdoor connection

'Whether or not you are near a garden, you may want to consider bringing one in by using soft lettuce leaf shades,' says Gillian. 'I would recommend a dull flat finish as this creates gentler shadows and softer reflections. However, if you wish to create a more dramatic environment, then by all means select colours that conjure up strong, immediate emotional responses – deep aubergines and plums will do just that.'

Pictured: Walls painted in Bancha at Farrow & Ball

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Hallway ideas: protecting against scuffs and scrapes

Regardless of the paint colour you choose, it's advisable to invest in washable paint for a hallway. 'This way, any muddy splashes or little fingerprints can be easily wiped away. Alternatively, wood panelling can help to keep your walls in good condition. Try to opt for panelling that suits the age and history of your property,' says Emily.

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London Tile Co

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Hallway ideas: playful tiling

Whilst narrow hallways benefit from large format floor tiles in highly polished and light-reflecting finishes, large or open-plan hallways allow more freedom.

'Play around with designs that draw the eye from the door and into the heart of the home. A beautiful parquet herringbone pattern is perfect for fooling the eye into seeing never-ending depth, while still keeping a traditional, warm and homely feel to the overall look,' Topps Tiles explain.

Pictured: Retromix Star Large Patterned Tiles at London Tile Co

The Stem

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Hallway ideas: the ultimate hallway plant

'The Fiddle Leaf pops up on our feed as the ultimate statement piece for a hallway – what a welcome! The large, beautiful violin-shaped leaves are thick and leathery, the stem is substantial and robust. It prefers the indirect sun so by a door is often the perfect place,' says Maddie Porritt, Head Buyer at The Stem.

Pictured: Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree at The Stem

Little Greene

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Hallway ideas: paint tricks

Clever painting techniques can help make a narrow hallway seem bigger. 'Use a lighter colour at the top of the wall, and halfway down – where a traditional dado rail might have gone – change to another colour. But always with small rooms, use light coloured paints and furniture, to help give an illusion of more space,' says Cato Cooper of The Emporium Somerset.

Pictured: Walls painted in Acorn and Hopper, both at Little Greene

Mylands London

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Hallway ideas: don't fight with the layout

Hallways can frequently be a bit of an architectural nightmare, with cramped proportions, uneven flooring and an absence of natural light, but trying to alter the structure of a hallway can pose more problems than it solves. The most we would suggest is dispensing with unnecessary partitioning to create a more expansive space, and using panes of glass in a front door to encourage natural light.

Pictured: Door painted in Pink House Pink at Mylands London


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Hallway ideas: introduce fragrance

Use fresh flowers in a hallway to introduce a welcoming fragrance. Lisa Lewis, a Home Staging Consultant at Stylize, says: 'Having plenty of natural light in the hallway signifies a warm and happy home. Continue this happy state by keeping the entranceway clear and add a beautiful vase of real flowers to represent life and growth.'

Pictured: Kingston Saxony Carpet in Citrine at Carpetright

Hyperion Tiles

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Hallway ideas: balance walls and floors

If you use a feature floor tile with abundant pattern and intricate design, consider a fresh white palette for the rest of the room. This can be particularly effective in long and narrow hallways where busy floor tiles can guide the eye to the rooms beyond.

Pictured: Quintessential Porcelain Salisbury Tiles at Hyperion Tiles

Little Greene

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Hallway ideas: making the most of space

Kelly Collins, head of creative and in-house interior designer at Swyft Home, suggests reconsidering the traditional uses of a hallway. 'Transitional spaces are those parts of the home that we use to get from one to another, such as hallways, corridors and landings. Often there is quite a lot of wasted space here which could easily be big enough for a reading area. Recessed reading nooks, such as under the stairs or by transforming a built-in cupboard area can also be a great idea,' says Kelly.

Pictured: Wallpaper and paint at Little Greene

Topps Tiles

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Hallway ideas: hard-wearing floors

'Make sure you opt for a smart choice of flooring and something that's hardwearing. A porcelain tile will help to minimise any deterioration while still allowing homeowners to maintain something stylish and design-led, thanks to the choice in prints and patterns that they come in,' advise Topps Tiles. 'Porcelain or ceramic tiles offer practical solutions and are available in a range of styles and colours to suit any design scheme. Wood-effect porcelain tiles are an excellent alternative to real wood, visually identical but unaffected by everyday use and much easier to maintain.'

Pictured: Victorian Flooring™ Newbury Black Tile at Tops Tiles

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Hallway ideas: painted murals

Botanical wallpaper or painted detailing is a playful way to bring the great outdoors into your home – the perfect choice for a hallway to create a seamless transition from the outside in. We love this painted hallway mural of trailing plants.

Read: 31 living room wallpaper ideas


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Hallway ideas: statement storage

Unless you have a separate porch it's likely you will still need somewhere to hang your coat and other accessories. 'Modern coat stands can bring a funky element to contemporary hallways and may better resemble a modern sculpture piece than a traditional coat stand, giving you an interesting new talking point for visitors,' says Emily.

If floor space is of a premium, consider wall-mounted hooks. 'Colourful coat hooks can offer a playful alternative that will be less obtrusive than a coat stand but still offer the same functionality. Plus, they make a great wall feature too,' she adds.

Pictured: Hang It All Coat Rack at Heal's

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Hallway ideas: use lighting purposefully

'Layering of light is key when it comes to creating the impression of space in your hallway. LED step lights can help by creating drama,' says Sally Storey, creative director of John Cullen Lighting. 'A useful trick is to use 1W LED uplights to light a feature at the end of the hallway. This will draw ones eye down the hallway, creating the impression of space. Combine this with directional recessed downlights, to wash light down the walls, illuminating every inch of your hallway.'

Pictured: Original BTC Hector Globe Pendant at Holloways of Ludlow

Little Greene

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Hallway ideas: choose the right door

One of the best ways to brighten a dark hallway is to buy a new front door. Creating new windows is a structural challenge, but choosing a door with glass panes is the easiest solution. If you have a dark hallway to the rear of your property, you can use glass panels to the half shown here, or in a front door, simply choose a frosted or reeded glass for privacy.

Pictured: Walls painted in Citrine at Little Greene

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Enhance a Bakyard View

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Work Around Restrictions

Karyn Millet

When designer Celerie Kemble moved into this New York City apartment, there was only one thing that prevented it from being the perfect fit: The building had a no wallpaper rule. To work around that obstacle, she applied a light shade of pink paint in a plaster-like finish that channels the texture of wallpaper.


Mix Clean Lines With Casual Materials

Nicolas Gourguechon

In the living room of designer Devin Kirk, a light shade of blue-gray along with clean-lined furniture makes for a polished backdrop while the woven chairs, light wood side table, and tree stump coffee table ensure a laidback atmosphere. It's the perfect balance of approachable and formal.


Incorporate Fun Trees and Plants

Read McKendree

Invite some nods to nature into your living room with quirky indoor plants and trees. Designer Elizabeth Cooper placed a lush citrus tree in the corner for an extra pop of life and color and then staggered topiaries on the windowsill.


Create Zones With Area Rugs

Laure Joliet

This sitting room is right off the open kitchen, so designer Regan Baker decided to visually separate it with a custom sectional and area rug. A cleek armchair is positioned at a diagonal, establishing a nice balanced whole.


Add Personality With Texture-Rich Neutrals

Stephen Kent Johnson / OTTO

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Extend It Outdoors

Stacy Zarin Goldberg

This vacation home in Maui, Hawaii blends indoor and outdoor living beautifully. Designed by Breeze Giannasio Interiors, the two living spaces are connected by a sliding door that simply disappears when open for total connection between the open-air terrace and the indoor living room. The materials, colors, and fabrics are all coordinated for visual flow, too.


Transform a Generic Space With Texture

Gieves Anderson

If you live in a generic rental or simply have a small space, get inspired by this living room designed by David Frazier. Not only does it prove that size isn't everything, but it's also full of tricks that bring more dimension to otherwise simple architecture. Pops of marigold speak to the warm antique wood pieces and break up the monochromatic color scheme and the large rice paper pendant keeps things casual so it can function as a more relaxed family room. A gallery wall, large indoor plant, and ceiling-high curtain rod add depth.

Check out Society6 for affordable and stylish prints and artwork to jazz up your walls.


Get Weird On the Coffee Table

Romanek Design Studio

Instead of decorating your coffee table with the classic assortment of stacked coffee table books, opt for something subtly quirky and unique. Here, Romanek Design Studio covered the surface with a collection of classic pots and planters, which both enhance and juxtapose the formal, traditional elements throughout the space as well as the more modern ones, making for a fun and eclectic yet timeless sprawl.

Check out Terrain for all your indoor and outdoor gardening needs.


Swap High Back Seating for Daybeds and Benches

Frank Frances Studio

Bring in extra seating with daybeds, settees, and window seats in smaller spaces. They have lower back profiles, which prevents interrupting the visual flow and also keeps the space feeling open. We're loving the pop of yellow in this bold living room by Courtney McLeod.

Check out Albany Park for great living room seating options.


Redefine "Neutrals"

Nicole Franzen

If you don't love playing with tons of patterns and bold hues but appreciate experimental pieces and tasteful pops of color, take notes on this living room. Rather than opting for all black and whites, the anchor pieces—like sofa and tables—remain neutral, while the throws, artwork and lamp offer just a splash of color (nothing too crazy: just marigold, red, navy, and green).

Check out Design Within Reach for iconic design pieces.


Carve Out a Home Bar

Stacy Zarin Goldberg

In this living room designed by Carmel Greer, the paint color (Peach Blossom by Benjamin Moore) and casual jute rug set a sweet foundation while the modern, angular artwork, right fixture, seating, and throw blanket bring an edge. One built-in niche is optimized to function as a full-on home bar station while the other stores and displays firewood. The mirrored wall within the left niche also helps bounce light and gives it a swanky nightclub vibe.

Check out Huckberry for great home barware.


Add Something Unexpected

Heather Hilliard

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Check out Kartell for cool lucite furniture.


Conceal Your TV

Nicole Franzen

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Check out Samsung for clever tech television designs.


Restore Existing Moldings

Jared Kuzia Photography

To complement the restored wood accents in this Boston Colonial Revival, designer Cecilia Casagrande on a deep, rich shade of blue-green paint: Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue. She then mixed contemporary elements with more traditional ones to further play with that juxtaposition between old and new design trends.

Check out Farrow & Ball for both timeless and cutting-edge paint colors.


Incorporate Indoor Trees and Plants

Space Content Studio

Spruce up your empty corners with large indoor plants and trees. Atelier ND and Carice Van Houten used a variety of species to create visual intrigue with different heights and shapes. It really freshens up the rich jewel and earth tones.

Check out The Sill for beautiful indoor plants and garden essentials.


Paint the Ceiling

Emily Followill

Designer Meredith McBrearty painted the ceiling light blue (she used the same shade in various rooms throughout the house, creating a continuous design thread), which adds an unexpected personality. The warm tones featured in the furniture contrast nicely.

Check out Benjamin Moore for endless colors of high-quality paint.


Upholster the Walls

Kevin Dumais

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Check out Crate & Barrel for family-friendly staples.


Go Wild With Fun Fabrics

Paul Raeside

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Check out Kravet for tons of fabulous designer fabrics perfect for your upholstery projects.


Keep It Classic and Crisp

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Check out Wayfair for all your home decor needs, from staples to accents.


Make It Cheerful

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Check out 45 Three Modern Vintage Home for fun, one-of-a-kind vintage lighting options.


Use an Off-White

Heidi Caillier Design

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Check out Serena & Lily for fun yet classic throw pillows.


Know Your Place

PHOTO: Felix Forest; DESIGN: Arent & Pyke

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Check out Serena & Lily for coastal-inspired pieces.


Hang a Chair

Romanek Design Studio

Nothing ramps up the fun like a playful touch in the family room. This hanging chair in a living room designed by Romanek Design Studio proves our point—but the handsome leather upholstery also ensures a more sophisticated look. It's the perfect blend of cozy and cool.

Check out Modshop for groovy retro-inspired pieces.


Have Fun With Throw Pillows

Studio Razavi

Here's a lesson in monochromatic decorating with soul. Designed by Studio Razavi, this Parisian apartment is a beautiful blend of modern and Neoclassical style. While the bones of the room evoke a grand sort of opulence, the plush Moroccan rug and spacious white sofa make the space feel more approachable.

Check out Wayfair for endless options of decorative pillows.


Choose A Bold Wallpaper

Roland Bello

Wallpaper is one of those trends that just keeps on giving and giving. If you go with a classic chinoiserie wallpaper, you can do just about anything with it as your style changes over the year. This modern self portrait by Chuck Close is a bold contrast to the chinoiserie wallpaper (Iksel's Eastern Eden) behind it in this Miles Redd–designed home. The contrast doesn't stop there: Redd continued to venture beyond design convention by incorporating contrasting jewel tones and mixing modern furniture styles with antique pieces. Oh—and believe it or not, the lime green chair is from Ikea! Proof even the best designers love a good deal.

Check out Anthropologie for bold wallpaper prints.


Bring the Fun to the Floor

PHOTO: Reid Rolls; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

When you have crisp white walls and neutral staples, like a sofa and coffee table, choose one statement item that brings in a surge of colorful energy. It can be anything from a vibrant piece of art on the walls to a bright carpet like this one in a living room designed by Leanne Ford Interiors.

Check out Homestead Seattle for colorful, one-of-a-kind rugs.


Bring Some Texture to the Walls

Gail Davis Design

If you love the soft look and feel of upholstered walls but don't want to embark on that major of a project (you'll need to install padding, etc.), then try a fabric-effect wallpaper or a grasscloth. In this living room by Gail Davis Design, it suits the warm leather and brass pieces wonderfully, while the blue painted accents cool things off.

Check out Gooddee for tons of modern and unique living room items.


Branch Away From Neutrals

Laure Joliet

Designed by Redmond Aldrich Design, this living room manages to be unique and versatile, colorful and understated, approachable and impressive, all at once. That's thanks to the quirky, eclectic mix of frames, a light wood-paneled wall, a classic carpet, and an unexpectedly colorful sofa. If you typically like to stick to more neutral tones at home but find yourself generally drawn to color, consider venturing out with a dusty rose, forest green, or navy piece—they're the new neutrals.

Check out Article for sofas that feature classic silhouettes and moderately experimental colors.


Install Statement Lighting Overhead

Jaokim Johansson for Fantastic Frank

Want to go a little glam without looking too showy? Add in minimal brass accents, like a metal-frame coffee table and eye-catching metallic lighting. This living room is also a good blueprint for small space decorating. While the only three furniture items are two seats and a small coffee table, the ceiling light is all it takes to make the entire room feel special.

Check out CB2 for on-trend and affordable lighting options.


Hang Modern Art

Nicole Franzen

Wall art is a great way to add a big statement in a minimalist living room. It doesn't take up any surface space, but it can really transform the aesthetic. Use an abstract photograph like this one to dictate the colors of your throw pillows for cohesion.

Check out Tappan Collective for cutting-edge art.


Consider Your Surroundings

Studio Razavi

In this modern mountain home designed by architecture firm Studio Razavi, the classic cabin aesthetic gets an upgrade. The plush carpeting and sheepskin throw warm things up while the modern light fixture, streamlined furniture, and neutral colors ensure a calming, laidback, and stylish environment.

Check out IKEA for plush and affordable accessories.


Spruce Up Your Fireplace

PHOTO: Reid Rolls; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

Who says backsplashes are just for your kitchen? Try tiling your fireplace. It adds an artful, customized touch to the living room without being overpowering. This is especially true if you opt for neutral or black and white geometric tiles, as in this Leanne Ford–designed space.

Check out Lowes for tons of mosaic tiles.


Mix and Match Patterns

Björn Wallander

The sofa in Apartment Therapy founder Maxwell Ryan's living room is a prime example of perfectly mismatched patterns. The couch maintains a tonal blue scheme, and the blue rug beneath it ties the whole look together. It's a great way to practice your pattern mixing if you're not ready to work with the entire rainbow yet.

Check out ABC Carpet & Home for beautiful textiles and throws.


Take Advantage of All Useable Space

Werner Straube

A formal living room can be full of fun and personality, too. Interior designer Corey Damen Jenkins sets the bar with a glam pendant light, marble fireplace, and plenty of luxe touches, like the emerald green velvet sofa. And it optimizes all useable space, thanks to a built-in bench between the fireplace and window niche.

Check out Etsy for handmade cushions, custom throw pillows, and art supplies to rework at home.


Pick Comfy Seating

Studio Razavi

Designed by Studio Razavi, this eclectic Parisian apartment is a breath of fresh air. Not only does it prove that you can use a wallpaper mural in a minimalist environment (the grayscale color palette helps), but it's also the perfect example of how to design a living room that's both fun and relaxed, sophisticated and formal. The key? Seating needs to be comfortable, and materials need to be casual but clean.

Check out RH for high-quality, comfortable, and timeless seating.


Display Books in Style

Lisa Romerein

"The room doesn't get a lot of light, so I decided to make it cozy and turned it into an English-style portrait room, which is ridiculous, but fun," says celebrity chef Alex Hitz. Taking the cozy route in a living room without a ton of natural light is a great solution. And what's cozier than a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf with seating beckoning you to curl up on it? To display your books more creatively, offset them with artwork. In this room, a Peter Rogers portrait of Alex Hitz's close friend, the late Nan Kempner, hangs over the bookshelves to create some contrast.

Check out Design Within Reach for stylish and modern wall storage options.


Encourage Conversation

PHOTO: Alexandra Ribar; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

If you frequently entertain guests at your home, choose a strategic living room layout that promotes conversation and comfort. For example, this living room designed by Leanne Ford Interiors incorporates semi-circle seating that's both spacious and inviting. Sectionals are also a good option when a circular sofa isn't. And if you love the all-white aesthetic, take note: Ford brush-painted the natural Ikea rug and custom-made rope light.

Check out Crate & Barrel for spacious, family-friendly sectionals.


Go All Out With a Gallery Wall


Aside from the adorable dogs (Jacob and Wylo) cuddled up on the armchair-meets-dog-bed, that gallery wall is the clear statement-maker in this living room designed by Philip Mitchell. Mix and match frames for a subtle nod of personality. And speaking of personal touches, consider hanging art that means something to you—whether it's your children's artwork, your own, or a portrait of your pets.

Check out Framebridge for custom framing with tons of stylish options.


Double It's Function

David Tsay

Double your living room's function by investing in practical, multi-purpose furniture. Here, in a space by Justina Blakeney, the console table also functions as a fold-out desk. But it's not all work—there's definitely room for play, from the lush plants to the fun details, and colorful patterns throughout.

Check out Jungalow for beautiful bohemian accents and essentials.


Choose Timeless Anchors

PHOTO: Felix Forest; DESIGN: Arent & Pyke

A black marble fireplace strikes the perfect balance between edgy and timeless. It anchors this living room designed by Arent & Pyke, which get a contemporary lift from the jute rug, modern and bright artwork, and shapely table lamp. And because the armchairs are a classic silhouette, they'll last forever—you can reupholster them with different colors and prints throughout the years as your taste and style change.

Check out Chairish for vintage and timeless investment chairs.


Be Playful

Christopher Delaney

This hot-pink fireplace was inspired by the homeowners' grandmother's favorite shade of lipstick, interior designer Kristen McCory tells us. Have fun with little details like that and look for inspiration everywhere! If painting your entire living room a bold color sounds intimidating, opt for a statement wall or mantle.

Check out Home Depot for a range of fresh color options.


Make Things Easy On Yourself

PHOTO: Reid Rolls; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

Make it easy on yourself by sticking to a very consistent, very simple color scheme. In this space by Leanne Ford Interiors, the designer worked within a strictly all-white color story. Even the firewood is painted white! We'll let that be a lesson in attention to detail. Then choose one item to really pop in a bright color. In this case, Ford went with a bright-red Pierre Paulin Ribbon chair.

Check out Farrow & Ball for beautiful high-quality interior paints.


Use Your Favorite Color


Color stretches all the way up to the high rafters in this living room designed by Thomas Jayne and William Cullum. As you can see in the mirror, the hue of the wall changes depending on the way the light hits it, shifting between sharp mint green and soft sea-foam green. The red and blue work nicely, too, as the red is featured in the carpet, coffee table, and sofas, blending everything together beautifully. All together, the room feels traditional and formal, country chic and casual. To elongate your already tall ceilings, hang a pendant light high above the sitting area.

Check out Target for tons of contemporary light fixtures.


Make It Gallery-Worthy

Nicole Franzen

Everything in this living room is playing with shape. While the marble mantle and glossy floating shelves are angular and sharp, the coffee table and ottoman are soft and rounded. The use of natural materials makes the room feel rich even though there's not much in it.

Check out Amara for tons of modern and unique living room items.


Take Advantage of High Ceilings

Romanek Design Group

In this stylish, comfortable, and elevated living room by Romanek Design Studio, the off-white feels bright and airy while also warming things up and bringing it to a human scale (a cool white might be too stark, especially in a large, open room with high ceilings). Accent with soft textures and a few pops of color plus a tall plant or tree for an energizing contrast.

Check out Gooddee for tons of modern and unique living room items.


Set Up a Library Ladder

Victoria Pearson

The bookshelves in photographer Victoria Pearson's own Ojai living room allow all kinds of opportunities for displaying different items, and also for storage. Adding a ladder for high shelves adds another decorative touch.

Check out AllModern for leaning bookshelves and ladders.


Play With Shape and Color

Studio DB

The more distinct, the bigger the statement when it comes to wall decor and art. A good way to switch things up is by choosing artwork that doesn't live within the confines of a rectangular or square frame. We're also loving the colorful nesting coffee tables and ombre carpet, which add a little fun to this living room designed by Studio DB.

Check out Minted for accessible and fun artwork.


Work With What You Have

PHOTO: Reid Rolls; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

This floor-to-ceiling fireplace in a living room designed by Leanne Ford takes style notes from the best of both worlds: a classic mountain chalet and the Malibu coast. Whether there's snow falling or waves crashing right outside that window, we want to be curled up on that linen slip-covered chair. This living room is also a testament to the perks of working with what you have. The fireplace was given a new life with a makeshift mantle comprised of reclaimed wood and a fresh coat of white paint.

Check out Etsy for found objects and art supplies to rework at home.


Paint Your Walls a New Color

2LG Studio

"Soft pink was used here as a neutral base, which connects all the other elements throughout the space," say the design duo behind 2LG Studio. "We designed bespoke plywood joinery throughout to unite the spaces and create much needed storage," they add. If you're bored of looking at stark white walls, try a soft color that can function as a neutral but exciting backdrop.

Check out Portola Paints for one-of-a-kind paint colors.


Make It Double-Duty

Studio DB

If your formal living room is also your family room, you want to make sure it strikes a balance between super comfortable and presentable—a cozy family room that cleans up nicely, if you will. A super soft sectional with plenty of space to spread out on movie night is a must, but choose one that also looks elegant. Then add fun, eye-catching lighting for an extra punch of fun, like the one in this Studio DB-designed room.

Check out HD Buttercup for unique and practical living room furniture.


Pair Unexpected Colors

Paul Raeside

Who says everything has to be matchy-matchy? Contrast your couch and chairs to make things a bit more interesting. In this refreshingly quirky living room designed by Andrew Flesher, there's a little bit of everything—from jewel tones and tropical prints to classic prep school patterns, rustic accents, and traditional touches.

Check out Burke Decor for fun, on-trend patterns.


Shrink It Down

Jaokim Johansson for Fantastic Frank

Live in a super tiny space? Opt for a settee instead of a sofa or sectional and stack nesting tables instead of getting a bulky coffee table. You'll be surprised at much space this can save. And instead of spending a fortune on framing, simply pin up your favorite artwork as is. The easy elegance can be just as beautiful.

Check out West Elm for great apartment-friendly furniture.


Make It Relaxing

PHOTO: Lauren Bamford; DESIGN: Robson Rak

The clean lines throughout this living room designed by Robson Rak are making a small but mighty difference. From the white paneled walls to the black-trimmed window and modern angular yet plush sofa, the linear motif is super easy on the eyes. And we love how the green nesting tables bring in some round contrast without clashing. For a similarly calming aesthetic, choose light colors and modern, low-to-the-ground furniture. Then splice in contemporary decorative objects to add personality. And bonus points if your living room has a lot of access to natural light.

Check out Finnish Design Shop for contemporary and tasteful accent pieces.


Paint the Ceiling

David A. Land

Why only have fun on the walls when you can have even more fun with a statement ceiling? We're loving the romantic yet surprisingly fresh color combination of fire-engine red and violet in this space by Katie Brown. The bohemian embroidered throw pillows tie everything together nicely. That's another great way to approach the living room design process: Start with a fun pair of throw pillows, and then pull out your two favorite colors to highlight on the walls and ceiling.

Check out H&M Home for fun and affordable throw pillows.


Take a Risk

Catherine Kwong Design

Rather than focusing exclusively on the walls in this grand San Francisco living room, designer Catherine Kwong brought the abstract art onto the floors. With broad white brushstrokes on the black-stained hardwood, these floors are a gorgeous juxtaposition against the Neoclassical ceiling and antique mirror above the fireplace. The key to mixing all these divergent design aesthetics is to remain in the same grayscale color scheme. Pro tip: wall sconces always add a subtle but transformative finishing touch.

Check out Frances & Son for hip and classic lighting options.


Add a Rocking Chair

Trevor Tondro

Chairs that look good but are totally uncomfortable? Not worth the cute factor. Besides, here's definitive proof that rocking chairs can actually be super chic. The camel leather contrasts perfectly with the cream wall and plays up the old-time-y rustic feel of the reclaimed wood mantle.

Check our Urban Outfitters for hip, fun, and affordable staples.


Remember That Less Is More

PHOTO: Shannon McGrath; DESIGN: Robson Rak

An understated palette means you can focus on incredible interior architecture and dramatic statement pieces. Who says minimalists are afraid of color? Just pick one hue and a few select essentials, like in this modern blue living room designed by Robson Rak. The soothing tones and bulbous shapes throughout, from the marble side table to the bubble pendant light and rounded sofa, make it feel like a hug in the form of a living room.

Check out Moda Operandi for designer-approved accents.


Add Candles

Francesco Lagnese

Can you imagine how beautiful this room looks glowing in the candlelight? Opt for a chandelier with candles instead of lightbulbs for a rustic vibe. Or, if that's not an option, display them on your mantel and light them up when you need to strike a romantic mood. (Use flameless candles to play it safe).

Check out Amazon for reliable and pretty basics.


Set Up a Few Sitting Areas

Annie Schlechter

This rustic great room was built to resemble a converted barn. If you're blessed with a large enough open plan living room, set up multiple sitting areas: one for hanging and snacking (a bistro table can break up the lower height of the other sitting areas), one for cuddling up with a good book, and one for formal entertaining.

Check out YLighting for great staple items in a variety of styles.


Choose An Oversized Pendant

Nicole Franzen

If your room has a more minimalist vibe, try an oversized, Noguchi-inspired paper pendant. But take note: If your furniture is large and clunky, or you have a lot of busy decor, it could overwhelm it. The best part? Rice lantern pendant lights like the one in this living room designed by Space Exploration Design are super affordable.

Check out Paper Lantern Store for all your rice paper lighting needs.


Consider Black and Add Flowers

Maura McEvoy

Designer Kristin Kong hid a door to the basement behind millwork painted in Sherwin-Williams Black Fox in her home near Atlanta. The ­trick "makes the room look less choppy,” she says, since the dark color helps everything blend together. And never underestimate the power of a beautiful flower arrangement on the coffee table!

Check out Cost Plus World Market for fun and affordable accessories.


Elongate the Ceiling

Courtesy of Nicole Franzen

Blend neutral gray walls with sleek, modern furniture and lighting. It'll look chic rather than dated. A velvet throw pillow will add a nice iridescent flare, too. Also, pro tip: hang your curtains at the tippy-top of your walls to make the ceilings seem higher.

Check out CB2 for contemporary and versatile hardware.


Go Shiplap Crazy

Trevor Tondro

To up the farmhouse vibes, install shiplap. Joanna Gaines would totally approve. Then add something metallic, like a coffee table, for some unexpected bling.

Check out Joss & Main for fun and bold pieces.


Keep It Simple

Christopher Baker

This living room is simple, clean-lined, and inviting, with a little bit of glamour and a lot of comfort. To highlight the architectural details, the moldings are painted in high-gloss white.

Check out Apartment 2B for clean and classic furniture.

Hadley Mendelsohn Senior Editor Hadley Mendelsohn is House Beautiful's senior design editor and the co-host and executive producer of the podcast Dark House.

Design of a hall in an apartment - 80 photos of interiors, ideas for renovation

Competently designing the interior of a hall in an apartment is not an easy task. Many trust this process to experienced designers, whose services are, frankly, not cheap. Knowing some principles of shaping the situation and choosing the most suitable style in spirit, it is quite possible to come up with a design on your own and bring your idea to life. In our article, we will consider what a modern design of a hall in an apartment can be and what you need to consider when designing.

General rules for the design of the hall

When planning the design of the hall, it is necessary to take into account the wishes of all family members and organize the space in such a way that everyone can find their own cozy corner here. Also an important point is the choice of style, which should match the design of other rooms. Agree, a classic-style living room adjacent to a minimalist kitchen or hallway will look ridiculous. In the design of the halls, despite their size and shape, there are some general design rules that you should follow so as not to end up with an uncomfortable quirky little room.


The division of space into separate functional areas is the main rule for the competent design of a room. There are a lot of ways to carry out zoning - you can separate territories using different finishes for walls, ceilings, and floors. Sometimes this role is played by furniture, for example, a sofa can separate the seating area from the dining room, or the rack will cover the sleeping bed. In the role of limiters are steps-podiums, bar counters, non-bulky partitions. Lighting devices can also play an important role in emphasizing a particular zone. When dividing the territory of the hall into small sections, it must be taken into account that between all the elements there must be some kind of relationship that brings all the zones together.

Finishing materials

The choice of ways to finish interior surfaces is quite large - this applies to the materials themselves, and color schemes. For walls, the most popular type of cladding today is wallpaper, as they have a huge variety of textures and colors. They can be paper, non-woven, washable, liquid; also often found fabric canvases, wallpaper with photo printing and 3D effect. Wallpaper for painting makes it possible to easily eliminate defects that have appeared over time, as well as completely change the color palette of the room. Decorative plaster is also in great demand, which can be smooth or have an interesting texture. A good modern solution is a combination of materials, when different wallpaper canvases, plaster with painting, wallpaper with plaster or wall panels and other options are combined within the living room.

The design of the ceiling surface depends to a greater extent on the dimensions of the room. For rooms with low ceilings, it is better to opt for classic whitewashing or painting or stretch structures. If the hall has high walls, you can use the surface design with drywall, stretch fabrics, creating levels. Figured ceilings often play an important role in highlighting certain areas.


In contrast to the monochromatic decorations inherent in the interiors of the last century, modern halls can have the most daring color combinations. However, in this matter it is worth considering the location of the room relative to the cardinal points. If the living room windows face south, there will be enough natural bright light, so you can use rich, cold or dark colors - the choice of palette depends on the preferences of the owners and the overall design concept. Otherwise, when the windows face north, it is better to give preference to light and warm shades that compensate for the lack of light and give the atmosphere a cozy atmosphere.

The combination of cold tones of decoration with warm colors of upholstered furniture looks great. One of the modern design techniques involves the so-called "drawing on a white canvas", when wall and ceiling surfaces are decorated with banal white plaster or paint, against which furniture of different colors is arranged.

To create a spectacular design, furniture can be chosen in bright colors, and for an elegant, light interior, preference is given to delicate pastel colors. The choice of one or another option depends on the lifestyle of all family members, their predisposition to noisy parties or calm, quiet evenings.

Furniture and lighting

The territory of the hall should not be heavily cluttered with furniture in order to leave enough free space. A standard set of furniture includes a sofa, armchairs, a coffee table, shelving or modular headset designs. Professional designers avoid arranging furniture in the living room along the walls, considering it a relic of the past. It is better to choose one central element (a seating area with a sofa and a TV or a fireplace), from which all subsequent furnishings will be repelled.

Often a hall in an apartment, especially if it does not have a large usable area, contains not one, but several functional areas. There may be a desktop, a bar counter, a children's corner or a bedroom, etc. In this case, it is possible to use non-bulky plasterboard or glass partitions.

The choice and placement of lighting fixtures also plays an important role. In addition to the classic chandeliers that decorated almost all the halls of the past decades, today's market offers a much larger selection of stylish, comfortable lamps. In the living room, it is better to arrange multi-level lighting, adding, in addition to ceiling fixtures, wall sconces, floor lamps, which will locally illuminate certain areas. For a small room, built-in ceiling lights are the best option, and high ceilings can be equipped with pendant lights, depending on the style decision.

Design of a small and walk-through hall

Having considered the general rules for the design of halls, it is worth highlighting some of the features characteristic of rooms with peculiar layouts and sizes.

Small living room

If the area of ​​​​the room is very tiny, which is often found in Khrushchev houses, you can try to combine it with a kitchen, corridor, balcony or loggia. In this case, there will be additional space. But it must be taken into account that such a redevelopment will require obtaining the relevant documents, as well as considerable financial investments. It is better to refuse to place bulky cabinets in a small room - they can find a place in the niches of the corridor or other rooms. Here, the most appropriate would be a minimalist design with the presence of transforming furniture and light colors of decoration.

Walk-through hall

The most difficult to design are walk-through rooms. In this case, you should pay attention to the floor covering, which will be subject to constant trampling, so you can give preference to resistant laminate, ceramic tiles or self-leveling structures, and place carpets only in places of rest. Furniture also should not be in the passage zone - most often it is she who acts as a delimiter for zonal division. Since there will be two or three doors, you need to choose identical models, preferring sliding structures that save a significant amount of space.

Interior styles

In recent decades, it has become fashionable to design interiors in compliance with any style. When choosing one of the directions, which are quite a lot in modern design, one should take into account the size of the premises, personal preferences for color solutions, and, importantly, financial opportunities, since some styles require considerable material investments.

Design of the hall in the style of minimalism

The hall in the minimalist style is distinguished by restraint of decoration and furnishing. Excessive decor is inappropriate here - it gives way to conciseness and functionality. This direction is perfect for halls of any size, assuming a monochrome color scheme (white, beige, ash, etc.), good lighting, a minimum of furniture and the maximum expansion of space both visually and practically by eliminating interior partitions. Liquid wallpaper or paintable, decorative plaster and wall panels made of plastic and wood act as finishing materials for the walls. It is advisable to choose furniture with a glossy surface, glass and mirror elements are relevant.

Loft style hall design

Loft-style living room is a large spacious room with high ceilings and panoramic windows. It is most often combined with neighboring rooms and can only be separated from them by glass partitions. There are such areas as a dining room, a recreation area with a large sofa, a bar counter, an entrance hall (there is no separate entrance vestibule in loft apartments), a dressing room, a work area, etc., so the issue of space zoning is very important.

The color palette varies within gray, white, brown colors and their shades, and bright decor items such as multi-colored sofa cushions, abstract paintings, bright magazine covers, etc. will dilute the monotony. Natural concrete walls or with brickwork are welcome in the decoration, as well as materials imitating them (wall panels, wallpaper, decorative plaster). Communications are not hidden, but deliberately flaunted, emphasizing the style of an abandoned factory slum. The furniture has impressive forms, and the central element is a sofa with a TV or a fireplace.

Provence style hall design

Universal light Provence is suitable for any room, turning it into a cozy quiet corner. The design of the hall in this direction will require the presence of wooden furniture (preferably artificially aged), a fireplace, natural finishing materials (stone, brick, wood), large window openings through which sunlight will flow. Elements such as wallpaper with large flowers, which match textiles, antique frames on the walls, decorative pillows, porcelain figurines, will help to maintain the color. Preference is given to light pastel tones of decoration.

Retro hall design

To create a room in retro style, you need to choose a certain era and the most typical interior items for it. Frequent elements are fabric wallpapers with geometric patterns, a coffee table, antique equipment, black and white family photo galleries on the walls, and round carpets. In the living room, decorated in the 50s of the last century, leather upholstered furniture is appropriate, in the 60s bright curtains, rugs, tablecloths with floral and geometric prints came into fashion. Retro design, reminiscent of the 70s, will become the most concise, it will certainly include a sideboard, a coffee table and a spacious ottoman.

Interior design of the hall in the apartment - photo

For a better acquaintance with various examples of the design of halls in apartments, we have prepared a photo gallery, which contains pictures of the best design solutions. We hope that a visual overview of the interiors will help you make the hall in your apartment stylish, cozy and as comfortable as possible. Happy viewing!

75 interesting design ideas for a hall in a private house

The design of a hall in a private house deserves special attention. In this place they will meet guests, arrange gatherings with the whole family and so on. It is important to make the room cozy, corresponding to the taste and mood of the owners.

The living room is the main place in the house

In the living room you will meet guests and spend time with your family, so design should be taken seriously

It is important to make the room comfortable and cozy


  • 1 Interior of a living room in a private house
  • 2 Interior of a living room with a small area
  • 3 Furnishing options
  • 4 What the designer will advise
  • 5 Correct zoning of the room
  • 6 Living room design in a private house hall design
  • 8 Video: Modern interior design of a private house
  • 9 50 photos of hall design ideas in a private house:
    • 9.1 See also

Living room interior in a private house

Arrangement begins with the choice of style. The decision will be key in determining the color scheme, furniture and decorative elements. You can use the following styles in the hall.

  1. Classic. Suitable for rooms with large windows, characterized by the correct shape. You should use natural shades of a calm range, expensive furniture, natural and high-quality materials. Decor elements must be handmade, stucco molding is placed on the ceiling. Curtains in a traditional form are suitable for a window opening.
  2. Ethnic. Suitable for creative individuals and lovers of travel. Design consists in using a maximum of objects and elements from any ethnic culture. You can reflect the Japanese interior or Egyptian.
  3. Country. Fully reflects the rural style. You need to use warm, light colors mainly for furniture and accent details. The texture and colors of upholstery and furniture should be special and reflect rural motifs.
  4. Provence. It originates in the southern part of France. It has a special charm. The key elements are simplicity, the use of natural elements and naturalness. He does not have any manifestation of glamor and luxury.
  5. Modern. Has many different underlays. It is worth considering in more detail the most popular of them.

Choose the design of the hall according to your preferences

Absolutely any design is suitable for the living room

Styles related to modern are reflected in the table.




Characterized by a minimum amount of furniture and decor items and maximum free space. It is necessary to organize a lot of light. It is better not to use classic furniture. Instead of armchairs, place pouffes.


Glass and metal surfaces and details predominate. No decor, do not place any decorations.


Is a mixture of Provence and Country. Differs in the maximum reflection of the nature in the room. Natural materials predominate.


Coarse elements predominate. Boards as a floor, brickwork on the walls.

When choosing the interior of a hall in a private house, it is not necessary to clearly follow and implement the recommendations and fundamentals inherent in a particular design. It is the mixture of styles that sometimes allows you to create a harmonious and beautiful option.

Living room design may differ from other rooms

A combination of styles would be a great idea

It is not necessary to design in the same style

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Small living room interior

The small hall requires special attention. It is important not to clutter up the space with furniture and unnecessary details. The simpler the chosen style, the more organically it will fit into the limited dimensions. Suitable minimalism, modern. It is recommended to try to visually increase the area. Consider the following nuances.

  1. Avoid dark shades. Prefer light colors. Small patterns are more suitable, rather than large patterns.
  2. Wall murals placed on one wall are suitable for increasing space.
  3. Curtains choose straight lines, on which there are no colorful patterns. An excellent solution would be a drop-down model from the beginning of the ceiling to the very floor.
  4. Avoid too many paintings and photographs on the walls. Better place a modular image.
  5. Increase the amount of light and mirrors in the room. This will help him do more.

Hall design in a private house: 4 important aspects

When decorating the interior of the hall in the house, it is important to consider several important aspects. Among them:

  1. lighting level;
  2. number of windows and doorways;
  3. is there a ladder;
  4. room configuration.

Consider the presence of adjacent rooms, their connection with the living room, what is the area of ​​the hall. Decide on accents. What exactly do you want to make a bright detail, the background of the wall, pieces of furniture, etc. The accent should be one, distracting from the imperfections of the entire hall.

No matter how big the room is, even the smallest rooms can be beautifully designed

If the living room is small, it can be combined with another room

See alsoInterior and design of the living room in the style of minimalism

Furnishing options

There are many options for furnishing a room. Space zoning is popular. You can include a work area, a meeting place for guests, a recreation area. Living rooms of large dimensions are often complemented by a fireplace, a podium on which musical instruments are placed, or combined with a kitchen.

Zoning can be done in different ways. Among the most popular:

  1. Partitions and screens. Relate to the creative method. The walls can be mobile or fixed, incomplete or deaf. The last option allows you to close a specific area. You can do it all or just part of it. Screens can be moved from one place to another. Completely removed if necessary in a matter of minutes.
  2. Finishing materials. Relate to the universal method for zoning. Various materials are used, differing in texture, color, texture. You can make a fireplace area, a place to relax, an area for eating.
  3. Lighting. Often used to divide a room due to its versatility, practicality and low cost. The working area should be equipped with several bright light sources, let the rest area have subdued light.

The number and models of furniture depend on the chosen style of decorating the hall in a private house. If it is minimalism or country, it is better to abandon a large number of items. Place only necessary furniture. Give preference to multifunctional models.

If you settled on a classic style, choose luxurious furniture made from natural materials.

By the way. Natural wood and stone are among the most preferred materials for finishing a living room located in a private house.

For finishing the hall in a private house it is better to use natural wood

The number and models of furniture depend on the chosen style of decoration of the hall in a private house

Natural wood in the interior of the living room will be a great solution

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  1. Use wooden beams. They can zone the space or install them on the ceiling.
  2. Install a wood burning fireplace. It will organically fit into the atmosphere of a private house. Finish the walls with natural stone.
  3. Let the mantel be wooden. This will complement the fireplace masonry.
  4. Cover the floor with light wood parquet. Complete everything with fluffy carpets.

Experiment with different types of wood to create original designs. Complete the fireplace with beautiful details. On the shelf next to it, set photo frames, a clock. This will create a warm and cozy atmosphere.

A large window opening may not be framed with curtains. And choose neutral shades for decoration and furniture. This will help not to distract attention from the beautiful view outside the window.

Fireplace can be completed with beautiful details

You can experiment a little with the design to achieve the desired result

See also Bedroom and living room in the same room? There is a solution!

Proper room zoning

Often the hall is used not only as a place of rest, but also as a dining room. Based on this, the living room is usually divided into:

  1. dining space;
  2. recreation area (this includes a place for receiving guests, family gatherings).

If there is enough space, you can set aside an area with a fireplace or a space for playing musical instruments. It has already been noted that zoning can be carried out using partitions, screens, lighting, finishing materials.

If the area allows, you can allocate a zone for a fireplace

Decorating with decorative stone would be a great idea

When combining a living room with a kitchen, select a dining area

See also How to create a functional and harmonious living room design 17 sq m

Living room design in a private house with a fireplace

The hearth itself is a conspicuous detail. Therefore, no additional decoration elements are required. The number of pieces of furniture depends on the size of the room. The classic design is the placement of several comfortable chairs near the fireplace, a small table and a floor lamp. Get a great area to relax.

In a small space, a lot of furniture will draw all the attention to itself, and the fireplace will remain in the shade. The interior of the hall with a fireplace should be warm, relaxing. It is recommended to select decor based on the general style.

  1. Porcelain vases and figurines for a classic design.
  2. Boxes, pots and frames, specially aged, suitable for country or rustic.
  3. For modern styles like hi-tech, all of these decor elements are suitable. But they must be done in a certain manner.

Furniture can draw attention and the fireplace will remain invisible

The fireplace itself is a visible feature

The floor should be completed with a rug. Ideally, do not use the TV in the living room where the fireplace is installed. But if you can’t do without it, you should observe a few nuances.

  1. Do not place the TV in front of a fireplace. The glare of fire will begin to reflect on the screen, which will lead to a darkening of the picture.
  2. Above the hearth is also not the best place to place a TV. It is quite uncomfortable to watch something, constantly raising your head.

It is better to place it on the adjacent wall. Remember safety. Follow all the rules for the placement and arrangement of the fireplace.

The choice of color should be approached with seriousness

Color can hide the imperfections of a room

Soft colors will bring warmth and tranquility

See alsoCreating a modern living room interior

The color scheme for the hall is influenced by the chosen style and the psychological characteristics of those living in the house. It is not recommended to use a lot of bright colors. Decorate the rest area with delicate shades of blue or green. This palette promotes relaxation.

With the help of different colors, you can correct the imperfections of the room. Light colors for the walls and dark colors for the floor will help visually enlarge the space. If you make 3 walls darkened, and decorate one in a lightened range, this will emphasize the depth of space.

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