Whether you want to make your entranceway sing with colour and print, or blend it subtly into the rest of your interior scheme, hallway wallpaper can achieve a range of stylistic goals.

What kind of wallpaper is best for a hallway?

We spoke to Chelsea Clark, head of brand at I Love Wallpaper for her advice on what to consider when choosing hallway wallpaper...

'As the entrance to most homes, a hallway is a sneak peek into someone’s interior style, and a great place to show off your personality,' says Chelsea.

'When it comes to choosing wallpaper for a hallway, the first thing to consider is light. If natural light is limited, it is best to keep colours light and bright to ensure the space feels as open and spacious as possible.'

'For those wanting to add a bit of colour to this space, adding wallpaper that has a mid-toned pink, blue, or green as its base colour will help to create an uplifting and welcoming first impression.'

'Small-scale delicate patterns work best in short, narrow hallways, distracting from the lack of space, whereas horizontal stripes create the illusion that the walls are taller and ceilings further away.'

Check out some of our fave styles from I Love Wallpaper and other brands below.

We rounded up the best wallpaper brands online and if you're hunting for bedroom wallpaper we have a guide on that too. Renting or looking for temporary wallpaper solutions? Check out our top picks for peel and stick wallpaper.

Hallway wallpaper ideas

Floral wallpaper

VEELIKE Beige Floral Wallpaper Amazon

Floral wallpaper can add intricacy and charm to your hallway, providing a welcoming impression to you and your guests. It would work a treat in cottagecore schemes and period houses but with some pops of block colours and contemporary accessories, it could look fantastic in modern homes too.

This refreshing VEELIKE design from Amazon is a great balance of colour and pattern - it would add depth and interest to small hallways as well as light, spacious areas.

Geometric wallpaper

LeGrandClassique orange funky geometric wallpaper

Geometric wallpaper has been a staple in the last few seasons and more recently we can't stop seeing checkerboard designs. This trippy style from LaGrandClassique on Etsy takes the look even further by adding a warped effect. While this might feel overwhelming in a room, we can see it creating a real mood-boosting effect in a small, dark hallway space or across a landing.

The brand also offers a peel-and-stick wallpaper option - ideal for rented homes and uni room decor.

Cloud wallpaper

Early Light Mural I Love Wallpaper

Hallways and staircases are transitional spaces, so a light, airy motif like clouds is an apt choice. Just imagine how much more cheerful a dark, cramped hallway would feel with this design - or how ethereal a larger entranceway would look.

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This is actually a mural from I Love Wallpaper but it comes in two sizes and has pre-cut lines for easier hanging.

Tropical wallpaper

Banana Leaf Wallpaper in Navy and White I Love Wallpaper

Tropical wallpaper designs have been everywhere over the last few years, casting a holiday glow into a range of interior schemes. There are heaps of colourways to choose from on the market, and we're loving this navy motif which would add depth to a small hallway or porch, or showcased behind a bright, sunny staircase.

Retro wallpaper

BobbiBeckWallpaper Bauhaus Wallpaper
  • Buy now from BobbiBeckWallpaper on Etsy (£74)

If you're a mid-century modern design lover or like adding vintage touches to your interior scheme, a retro wallpaper design like this might be up your street. This style is Bauhaus-inspired with its bold colours and geometric shapes. It would add personality to a range of neutral hallways, but it's perhaps best fitted to longer spaces or across a landing where the pattern will have enough room to shine.

Luxe wallpaper

Lotus BP wallpaper Farrow & Ball

The typically compact wall space of hallways and staircases makes them a tempting spot to splash out on higher-end wallpaper designs. Up there with the best luxe wallpaper brands to try has to be the cult-classic Farrow & Ball. This intricate, beautiful lotus design is available in small and large sizes and in 23 colourways.

Little Greene and Sanderson are two more of our favourite luxe brands for high-end wallpapers.

Panel effect wallpaper

Holden Decor Modern Wood Panel 3D Effect Wooden Panelling Wallpaper

Installing wooden panelling can be a lengthy, tricky DIY task, but luckily, for those of us not keen to invest the time or money, there is now a huge range of faux-wooden panelled wallpaper designs on sale.

This budget-friendly style from Amazon would work a treat in darker hallways to add depth and cosiness. It also comes in classic navy and grey shades.

Looking for paint to accompany your wallpaper? Check out our Farrow & Balls dupes piece to find the perfect affordable shade, or browse our eco-paints guide for an earth-friendly option.


Katie DuttonStaff Writer

Katie is a Staff Writer for HomeStyle magazine and YourHomeStyle.uk. She previously worked on Gardens Illustrated magazine and has written for various other lifestyle magazines and brands. She particularly enjoys writing about indie and eco homeware brands, interior styles through the ages, urban gardening, and decor hacks for small spaces. She is also responsible for HomeStyle's buyer's guides, so you'll often find her testing out the latest homeware gadgets and kitchen appliances.