Hallway wallpapers - how to design an appealing entrance area!
Wallpapers for the hall have long been elevated from just one colour to reveal bright, dynamic varieties with gorgeous patterns and motifs. High-quality surface materials exude luxury and value. You and your guests should be welcomed in your home with style and warmth, as the hallway or reception area is like the business card of your house.
Here at Wallpapers from the 70s, we provide a plethora of stylish Designer Wallpapers for hallways, corridors, and stairways, which will fill these important areas with new life. Our motto: "Be brave and dare to explore new avenues in interior design for hallways." There are countless options which will have a positive, inspirational and lasting effect on the beholder.
Come on in! The hallway as "business card" of your home
Perhaps you've had the less than pleasant, or even downright scary, experience of walking through a dark, narrow corridor when visiting friends, acquaintance, or relatives. If so, you will probably remember the oppressive feeling of claustrophobia and the desire to get to the other end as swiftly as humanly possible? Forget that narrow, dark, frightening corridor as quickly as you can, as the fabulous new design wallpapers from our wallpaper shop bring freshness and class into the hall.
The hallway is like your home's business card and it's the first thing that is perceived by visitors the moment you open the door. Whoever comes to visit you will naturally see the design of your hall first, before any of the reception rooms. And guests will instinctively base their expectations of the rest of the home - or even the personality of its inhabitants - on this first impression.
This can result in a number of positive adjectives, e.g. light, friendly, clear, structured, modern, stylish, unique, quirky, creative, extravagant, sophisticated, elegant, exclusive, luxurious, opulent or arty. On the other hand, it could also lead to negative adjectives entering your visitor's mind, like dark, untidy, neglected or boring. It is entirely up to you how you design this possibly underrated space, and what impression you will create for your guests and visitors and of course yourself and/or your family!
With imaginative wallpapers for hallways which visually improve and emphasise the layout or even correct it, which are appealing to the eye and trigger positive associations, you can create fantastic first impressions which will last.
Happy homecoming - welcoming hall wallpapers
When you've had a long day and are finally opening the door to your home, you should really feel like you've reached your own personal refuge. What better way to achieve this than with a hallway that immediately makes you happy to be there. A place that feels so welcoming that you can hardly wait to lock the door behind you and relax.
The psychological impact of hallway design shouldn't be underestimated. A bad mood, a day filled with problems, stress and strains will not be improved by a dull, dark corridor. Au contraire! Now that you have finally got home and want to let all the strives of the day behind, the last thing you want is an uninviting reception. Choose one of our carefully selected design wallpapers for hallways, corridors and stairways and you will pass these areas with pride and happiness!
Fabulous patterns and materials
The effect is what counts - this should be your motto when designing your hallway, corridor or stairway. In terms of wallpaper patterns, materials and structures, the sky is the limit when it comes to choosing wallpaper for reception areas. Just as a pointer, you could base your selection on the interior design style of the rest of your home or a specific theme. Colours and colour combinations can be subtle, daring, glossy, matt, intensive, pastel or bright. There are countless variations, from baroque wallpapers to wood and stone imitation wallpapers, retro patterns, florals or stripes.
Whether your preference is with nostalgic or romantic wallpapers, wall décor with clean geometric patterns, or abstract and modern ornaments - anything goes in hallways and corridors. Depending on your personal taste, an edgy and imaginative wallpaper model like Texel or Covella can turn your reception area into an arty gallery.
The huge variety of surface materials for hall wallpapers opens up even more creative potential. Iridescent or shiny metal and effect foil wallpapers, sparkly glass bead wallpapers, leather imitation wallpapers or wallpapers with real mica stones as well as beautiful textile and natural wallpapers are all perfectly suited to turn you dull hall, corridor or stairway into an exclusive, luxurious or extravagant space.
In terms of colour choice or pattern size, the only thing that limits your selection is the layout of the room, i.e. the parameters height, size and daylight. Intelligent hallway wallpapers can balance unfavourable room layouts and create a harmonious picture.
Exciting times for hallways and corridors - with our gorgeous designer wallpapers
Exquisite designer wall décor for the hall, corridor or stairway open up unexpected possibilities for new looks that will impress visitors and convey a sense of luxury and style. Let us introduce you to a small selection of our design wallpapers which will turn the boring tristesse of your reception areas into a welcoming space of style and elegance.
Precious gold, modern neo-baroque patterns, provocative contrasts and excellent workmanship are the hallmarks of Versace wallpapers. If you wish to provide your hall, corridor or stairway with a sophisticated and elegant flair with a high luxury factor, we can warmly recommend these fantastic non-woven wallpapers with smooth or structured surfaces and easy-care vinyl coating.
Dazzling fantasy themes combined with opulence and glamour - these are our Vatos wallpapers which turn your hallway into a catwalk. These patterned wallpapers play with structures, shimmering or matt effects in strong, metallic or subtle earthy colours. Baroque patterns, geometric patterns, exotic and floral motifs or abstract art provide your visitors with a spectacular welcome!
Flavor Paper Wallpapers
Hall wallpaper is not limited to traditional designs and can be as quirky or unusual as you desire. Star wallpapers by Flavor Paper are daring, colourful, metallic and fabulous! Andy Warhol Flowers, the iconic face of beautiful Marilyn Monroe or striking retro patterns are real eye-catchers and provide plenty of topics for conversation.
You can find more ideas regarding exciting hallway wallpapers in our Wallpaper News from across the globe.
Correcting room layouts by choosing the right hall wallpaper
Colour, type, order and size of patterns, as well as structures and effects can have a balancing and correcting effect on an unfavourable room layout. Choosing the best hallway wall décor for a specific issue will add light and space to a narrow and dark corridor, whilst a large hallway can be perfect for large, three-dimensional patterns and imaginative motifs. Here are our recommendations for various corrective measures for room layouts, using wallpapers for halls and corridors:
Short, narrow hallway with little or no daylight
Stretch, expand and brighten - those are the three options that can be achieved with the right wall décor in the hallway. Choose light wallpaper colours; base and pattern colours shouldn't contrast too much, but rather belong to the same colour family. Small patterns are more suitable than large or three-dimensional ones. Metal and effect foil wallpapers or glass bead varieties play with the light - and thus add light to the area.
If you'd like to add a very natural, warm touch to a hall or corridor, why not use nature wallpapers with bamboo or cork surfaces? With their irregular vertical stripe structure, crush wallpapers create a sense of gentle movement. The ceiling should always be kept in just one colour and in a lighter tone than the base colour of the patterned wallpaper.
Long, narrow hallway with little or no daylight
Again, light wallpapers in matt/gloss or metallic effects are best suited. A silky surface, entwined patterns or artfully arranged photo motifs and typographic patterns distract from the length of the hall as the eye is busy taking in the design of the wallpaper. Clear, geometric patterns on a light background and with a contrasting pattern colour visually shorten the hall.
A long, narrow hallway is also suitable for a feature wall. This is usually the wall that first attracts the direct gaze when entering the house. Choose a wallpaper that can deal with doors (i.e. pattern interruptions) and a pattern that is in balanced proportion to the size of the wall surface. The ceiling should be in just one colour that matches the wallpaper, but slightly lighter.
Large entrance hall
A large entrance hall provides plenty of space for large patterns and eye-catching motifs which demand attention. And for the very brave: how about mixing two different patterned wallpapers?
Multi-coloured or bright, contrasting, or dark colours with lighter details are also perfectly well suited for large entrance halls. If the area has a glass door, hall wallpapers with a dark background and bright colours might be of advantage. For instance: how about an exotic welcoming lounge? Design wallpaper Gadotti provides just the right framework for this interesting style. Perfect the welcoming ambience with comfortable and classy armchairs and an occasional table in wood, natural stone or marble.
High ceilings/low ceilings in hall and corridor
High ceilings can make walls look obtrusive and "infinite". A good solution is to create separate areas. For example, the area closest to the floor could have a one-coloured wallpaper with a special structure surface, whilst the rest of the wall could be adorned with a beautiful pattern wallpaper.
Low ceilings require cunning methods to look higher. This can be achieved with wallpaper patterns that are arranged vertically, e.g. vertical stripes which become less defined in the top area, by the ceiling.
You can find out more about wallpapers for stairways in our Guide Blog Wallpapers in stairways make walking up the stairs fun!. This includes plenty of information regarding the right choice and application of stairway wallpapers.
Considering the characteristics of wallpapers for stairways, hallways and corridors
By their very nature, hallways, entrance halls and stairways are areas where people pass through. This means that they usually have to be changed fairly frequently. As a result, one might think that wallpapers in these areas don't have to have any specific characteristics. However, nothing could be further from the truth. For instance, furniture might have to be transported through entrance halls and stairways. Also, the area just by the door will be subject to more dirt than any other part of the house. Children will put their hands against the walls when taking their shoes off. And when renovating any other room, workers will have to walk through corridors and stairways, carrying dust and other pollutants.
Of course, it is entirely up to you which surface material you choose - even delicate materials can be used, but they require a bit more care.
The following characteristics and features are useful for hallway wallpaper:
- Easy-care, washable surface, e.g. vinyl
- Stronger grammage
Wallpapers with good to very good light resistance are important in entrance areas and stairways with windows and glass doors, and consequently with a lot of sunshine and daylight.
Wallpaper samples to help you make the right decision
Before you throw yourself into your new hallway wallpapering project, why not take the opportunity to check your potential purchase in situ first? We are more than happy to send you a wallpaper sample upon request. Alternatively, you could print out your preferred model on an A4 sample page.
Additional tips for designing hallways, stairways and corridors
And finally... Here are some tips that you should consider in order to achieve the perfect results for your entrance area. We've been inspired by the ancient Asian art of Feng Shui, which attaches great importance to the entrance or reception area and stipulates clear requirements for this representative space.
- Furnishings should be sparse, but chosen carefully and with quality in mind.
- Closed storage elements (as opposed to open ones like shelves, for instance) should be given preference - this creates a sense of clarity and prevents untidiness.
- Match type, quality and colour of flooring and furniture to the hallway wallpaper.
- Introduce more light into the area by adding lamps
- Defects and damages of any kind, e.g. faulty or broken light sources, loose door knobs, etc. should be dealt with immediately as they disturb the flow of energy. You will soon realise this as these small issues will irritate you constantly.
- Remove tripping dangers or visual disturbances, e.g. rugs with upturned edges, frayed, dirty or slippery carpets.
- Make sure your entrance area is always clean - the upper parts of walls are often particularly neglected. As a result, unsuspecting visitors might find themselves "attacked" by spiders' webs!