Ideas for Hallway Floors

Updated February 21, 2017

Hallway floors are likely some of the most traversed floors in your room, as they are passageways that lead you from one room to another. Since these floors receive so much traffic, the material covering them should be sturdy and functional but also visually appealing. If you're redoing your hallway floors, choose flooring that suits the design and function of your home.


Tiles are an ideal choice for hallways, as they are sturdy and will maintain their look despite receiving much traffic. Another benefit is that tiles come in a variety of materials, colours, shapes and sizes, so you're bound to find something to suit the look you want to create. For a natural, rustic look, opt for multicoloured slate tiles. These tiles are slip-resistant and their natural colour will bring the outdoors into your home. If you want to create a more high-end, polished look, consider marble or granite tiles. These tiles come in an array of colours and can be cut in different sizes, so you can use them to create an interesting pattern on your hallway floor. For a more economical alternative to these materials that can also create an interesting look for your hallway floor, consider using ceramic tiles, as they are sturdy and also come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes.


For a modern, industrial look, consider using concrete for your hallway floors. This material is certainly durable, making it an ideal choice for busy hallway floors. While grey is the most common colour associated with this material, you can opt for different finishing and colouring techniques to give it a one-of-a-kind look. For instance, you can add red dye to the material to give it a reddish tint and apply a glaze to the top of it to make it shine.


Wood offers a classic look for a hallway floor. For a crisp, modern look, consider dark wood flooring. For a country-chic appeal, consider wide planks of light wood flooring. You can also incorporate different colours of wood and designs in your hallway floor by choosing inlay wood flooring. If you want to use hardwood but want to be earth-friendly, bamboo flooring may be for you. This flooring is attractive and renewable, making it an earth-friendly choice.

Rugs and Runners

If you want a soft material underfoot while walking in your hallway, you may want to use an area rug or a runner. Area rugs and runners come in a variety of different styles, piles, colours and patterns. While rugs and runners may become worn over time, it's easy to replace them, which also makes them an ideal choice if you like frequent change.

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Lily Mae began freelance writing in 2008. She is a certified elementary and literacy educator who has been working in education since 2003. Mae is also an avid gardener, decorator and craft maker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in education and a Master of Science in literacy education from Long Island University.