Hallway paint colours

Updated November 21, 2016

Interior home hallways are no longer the forgotten wastelands of interior decor. Hallways are used as galleries to highlight photographs and works of art, serve as seating areas and reading nooks or simply to light the way to other rooms in your home. Choose colours that blend into your home's colour scheme, and use paint finishes that will withstand hallway activity in your home.

Soothing palette

Choose a soothing palette of calming colours for a narrow hallway that showcases the occasional painting or framed photograph. Warm coffee colours, sun-aged sand or a pink tinged butter cream blend seamlessly to and from other rooms that flow from the hall. Choose bright whites or the same colours for the trim.

Make a statement

If your hallway is wide enough to accommodate a few occasional chairs or a favourite piece of antique furniture, it's wide enough to use as a feature in your home. Make a statement in a large hall by selecting colours that blend with other colours in your home but that are unexpected. In a home with a cool off-white palette, a hall painted in your favourite shade of bright hydrangea blue can become a focal point. Keep the off-white colours for the trim to set the colour off even more.

Dark and rich

You have more choices of colour in a hallway that gets a lot of natural light. Dark or rich colours can be used effectively if artificial or natural light is sufficient enough to keep the space looking inviting. If your hallway opens off of a living or great room, use a colour that is the darkest variation of the great room colour. Keeping the colour in the same colour family will make for a smooth transition to the colour in the hallway.


For many homes that have the traditional narrow hallway, light neutral colours are still a safe choice. Whites, off-whites or your favourite pastel colours visually open a narrow space. Add colourful artwork or hall rugs to add a punch of colour to a neutral hallway.

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