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35+ Hallway wallpaper ideas that you’ll love

By Gianna Huesch

Published: December 21st, 2020

Hallways are the perfect place to experiment with wallpaper—whether you love an understated look or something wild, these hallway wallpaper ideas should give you inspo!

If you’re looking for hallway ideas wallpaper is a simple way to refresh your space. With wallpaper, it’s easy to add colour, texture and pattern to your hallway, all without taking up any space or adding clutter. It’s versatile, so it can either be a statement-maker or it can play a background role, complementing other elements. It’s durable and practical, allowing you to hide uneven or cracked walls if necessary.  But most of all it adds impact and a point of difference to your interior.

A hallway is usually a relatively smaller space so it’s a quick but satisfying change. You can completely transform your hallway in a day with wallpaper. And because hallways aren’t huge, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune, even if you hire a wallpapering expert to take over the application.

Below, I’ve assembled some of the best examples of wallpapers that span a range of styles, from subtle and understated to eye-catching and vibrant.

Barely there hallway wallpaper

I’m going to start with the more subtle wallpapers that make an impact without necessarily being boldly coloured or patterned. Think wallpapers with a faint, small scale patterns or heavily ridged woven, grasscloth papers.

1. Choose an ethereal print

Adding a subtle print to your hallway turns a generic, plain space into something much more interesting, or in this case, almost magical. This dreamy all-white space is given a whole lot of whimsical charm with a gentle botanical print, complete with a few sweet little birds.

ethereal botanical hallway wallpaper
Source: Kristy Wicks

2. Go for the palest of the pale

This hallway has adopted an extremely subtle approach to wallpaper, with a very faint blue pattern on a white background. Adding just that pale wash of colour stops the hallway being blinding white while still retaining the brightness. And the wallpaper adds visual interest, while not competing with the wall art.

barely there wallpaper
Source: Milton and King

3. Add depth to an all-white scheme

Subtle, neutral patterned wallpaper provides that dimensionality and depth that a flat paint job doesn’t achieve. Here, a pale, organic-looking print gently picks up the warm brown tones of the floorboards and the brass light fitting. This hallway also shows how wallpapering your hallway can help create a sense of unity, seamlessly connecting all the rooms the hallway services.

faint hallway wallpaper
Source: Pinterest

4. Make the walls the feature

The beauty of textured wallpaper for hallways is that it creates visual richness which makes the long expanses of flat, saturated colour much easier on the eye. Textured wallpapers also offer gorgeous shimmers of colour and warm, tactile texture, as you can see in this hallway.

textured wallpaper
Source: Jana Donohoe Designs

5. Add interest without overwhelming

Amp up your interior design game with hallway wallpaper that adds a dose of colour and pattern without smacking you in the face with it. A gorgeous pale blue and white print like this one is great for transforming a hallway with colour, without looking garish.

Note, if you have existing wallpaper that you want to swap out and update, you can find someone who is an expert at wallpaper removal to help.

faint intricate patterns
Source: Domino

6. Level up from flat paint

Paint naturally has a flatness to it so to liven up a narrow hallway (like this one in front of a built-in robe), apply a textured wallpaper in your chosen colour instead. That’s the beauty of wallpaper—it turns a solid one-dimensional colour into a visually interesting textured surface. Here, even more, the texture is added to this grey-toned space with a luxe looped carpet.

subtle grey hallway wallpaper
Source: Zephyr and Stone on Instagram

7. Go for grasscloth

A beautiful way to add texture is to add grasscloth wallpaper. This natural, environmentally-friendly material (often made of reed, jute or arrowroot fibre) hails back as far as 18th century France but is increasingly popular in contemporary homes. It adds richness, depth, shimmer and a layer of luxury to a space. Below, it looks sophisticated against beautiful wall art and a vintage Pretzel armchair.

grasscloth grey hallway wallpaper
Source: Homes To Love

8. Make it touchable

This hallway features a mid-grey grasscloth, adding sumptuousness and a tactile feeling to a black and white accented hallway—you almost want to run your hands along the walls. To counteract the large expanses of grey, there’s a mirror to help reflect light, a quirky statement light as a focal point, and black-framed photography to add points of interest along the walls.

grey textured wallpaper
Source: Stylecaster

Flora and fauna hallway wallpaper ideas

Now let’s look at this major category of wallpapers. There’s something endlessly charming about florals, botanical prints and woodland scenes, so why not bring a joyful garden inside with a wallpaper print featuring pretty flowers or winding foliage.

9. Paper a wall with blooms

How about a secret garden at the end of the hall? These homeowners and their guests must leave the house with a spring in their step, with such a vibrant and bustling floral design. A box-like all-white space is the perfect canvas for a gorgeous floral print but stick to papering a single accent wall or risk looking a little too abundant (ie. overgrown).

hallway wallpaper with whimsical flowers
Source: Pinterest

10. Wander through a garden

If you have a large hall space, a busy and oversized floral print will make a statement without overwhelming. It helps to choose a print on a white background to keep things as airy and light as possible. At the base, consider painting your skirting boards in a complementary nature tone.

colourful floral hallway wallpaper
Source: Vogue

11. Make over your hall closet interior

Not wanting to make florals the first thing people see? You can still indulge a love of flowers with a tiny bit of wallpaper lining the inside of your hall closet. I love the minimalist baskets here too, and the way the shoe rack has been painted in a colour picked out of the wallpaper.

wallpaper the hall closet interior
Source: Jeweled Interiors

12. Mix florals with white panelling

You can enjoy a lively, energetic floral print without completely overpowering your space simply by adding clean white panelling to the lower half of the wall. If your hallway is also a mudroom area, a white backdrop makes it easier to keep items neat than a patterned one. The ledge also provides a handy way to store shoes but here you can find more shoe storage ideas.

fresh florals and white panelling
Source: Anthropologie

13. Go a bit rock n roll

A narrow wall is the perfect spot to tszuj up with a slice of exotic or bold wallpaper like this romantic rose print. I like how the transparent acrylic table allows the print to peek through and also keeps the hallway feeling uncluttered. A vintage print and a zebra-covered ottoman add further pattern clash and eclectic charm.

rock and roll hallway wallpaper
Source: Domino

14. Add sophistication and atmosphere

A chic black and white flower print make for a lovely combination of subtle and dramatic in a contemporary home. Keeping your wallpaper colour-free makes future décor changes much easier too—after all, any accent colour will work against black and white. In this hallway, there’s just a tiny touch of colour in the warm metal in the light fitting and the dark green foliage of the statement plant peeking out on the right.

black and white floral hallway wallpaper
Source: Start At Home

15. Bring in the tropics

Create an oasis with a bold print inspired by nature–this leaf patterned feature wall sure adds a lot of oomph to this entranceway! This dynamic and vibrant space is enhanced by the layers of pattern and texture, and the plentiful white ensure it all works together. Minimalist timber flooring and real-live plants add to the calm beauty.

What’s on the other side of your entrance hallway? Get it looking just as gorgeous with our front porch ideas.

tropical boho hallway wallpaper
Source: Style At Home

16. Stick to a simple motif

This little hallway mudroom space has been improved with a simple, restrained botanical print, here in a deep green and white colour combination. I like the white paintwork trim, pale timber floorboards, natural décor and egg-shaped white pendant.

green leaves
Source: Domino

17. Embrace bold and beautiful murals

A stunning infusion of pattern and colour into your hallway space can be achieved with wallpaper, especially if you choose a classic Chinoiserie style print. Chinoiserie is the Western interpretation of Chinese arts and designs, and is characterised by exuberance, asymmetry and stylised imagery. How beautiful are these colours? I love these teal-painted skirting boards too.

bold and beautiful
Source: Pinterest

18. Enter a mysterious forest

This moody woodland wallpaper is another example of how you can introduce a nature print without having to bring in too much colour if you prefer a more monochromatic look. White painted stairs and railings—accented by a dark timber bannister to guide the eye—keep things feeling misty and dreamy.

woodland wallpaper
Source: Pinterest

19. Surround yourself with butterflies

Add a sense of whimsy to your hallway with a butterfly print wallpaper. A light-hearted look and one that will make you smile every time you leave the house. I like the colourful rug adding further texture to the space, and the black wainscoting that matches the ceiling trim and door paintwork.

birds and butterflies
Source: Style Me Pretty

20. Have a half wall with birds

This long, narrow entrance hallway features gorgeous birds and berries motif wallpaper that brightens up the space with its pops of green, red, yellow and purple against the white background. Adding white lattice to the bottom half of the wall is perfection and gives it all a farmhouse flavour.

half wall and birds
Source: Milton and King

21. Opt for Scandi style

Floral and botanical wallpaper can be neutral too, so if you prefer a soft Scandi-style colour scheme rather than something bright, opt for an understated print in a pale grey or other muted hue. The abstract tree design here is inspired by the forests of Scandinavia and the décor follows suit—simple, natural and rustic. I like this very minimal mudroom idea but find more mudroom ideas that perhaps you prefer.

faint grey floral
Source: The Identite

22. Freshen up a feature wall

Brighten up a tiny hallway nook with a little glimpse of greenery, with a neat fern print like this one. Adding some intricate, lush plant motifs breathes life into a boring space and choosing a soft, natural neutral wallpaper like this means you’re less likely to tire of it quickly too.

small black and white floral
Source: Harbor and Pine

Graphic and patterned wallpaper

Next, I’ve rounded up a small selection of hallways that feature patterned wallpaper to create impact. There’s really an endless choice on the market so you’ll be sure to find a look that suits your favourite interior style.

23. Add life to a dull hallway

Change the vibe of a small hallway by applying an energetic, vibrant, maximalist print like this bright blue desert theme. And then if possible match your pendant light in a gorgeous saturated colour—I love this simple, peacock blue lamp. Keep everything else in the hallway pared-back, here all that’s needed is beautiful polished floorboards.

bright blue desert scene
Source: The Design Files

24. Go for graphic lines

The hallway here has been given a revamp to add interest to a fairly plain space and tie the black staircase and white wall together nicely. A squiggly abstract pattern like this (which kind of reminds me of a fingerprint) is easy on the eye and just adds that lovely bit of texture to the space as well.

graphic lines
Source: Hometalk

25. Add interest with arrows

Geometric patterns are a perennial favourite when it comes to wallpaper. A small scale repetitive pattern is visually pleasing and adds a contemporary touch to any hallway. I like how the cohesive flow of this neutral space, thanks to the repetition of the pattern in the hat rack and the rug. And a bench is always a handy addition to a hallway that also functions as a mudroom.

patterned hallway wallpaper
Source: Domino

26. Go dotty

Give a plain hallway the style treatment with a simple geometric dot pattern. This subtle wallpaper adds a faint overlay of colour to this all-white contemporary hallway, lifting it from being a bland space. Mixing it with white panelling or wainscoting adds even more sophistication.

tiny spots
Source: Milton and King

27. Make a statement with zigzags

If you have a flamboyant personality, convey that in your home and make a real statement with dramatic wallpaper like these aqua abstract freeform zigzags. Contrast the extravagance with a more subdued piece of hallway furniture—this vintage leather and timber seat gives the almost-childlike wallpaper a little maturity.

blue zig zags
Source: The Design Files

28. Dapple it with Dalmation spots

As with most strongly patterned papers, it’s a good idea to keep the ceiling white for balance. If you want to do a refresher on your ceiling paintwork yourself, our handy ceiling painting guide will help.

speckled hallway wallpaper
Source: City Home Collective

29. Choose a black and white print

A plain white corridor hallway can seem a little sterile, but adding a graphic black and white patterned wallpaper gives the space a big boost.  Choosing a black and white print is a great idea if you like to change up your hallway décor frequently, as just about everything will look good offset against a black and white wallpaper.

arrowheads
Source: HGTV

30. Channel a classic look

Hallways can sometimes be darker spaces but you can translate this into a sense of cosiness and warmth. Play to the darkness by vamping up your hallway with a darker print, like this ethnic-inspired pattern. This hallway also features a harmonious mix of dark accents (the lantern-style ceiling light, table lamp, and vintage console table) and lighter ones (the paintwork, lampshade, and door). I love the decorative transom window which allows more light in.

traditional aesthetic wallpaper
Source: Good Housekeeping

31. Bring in nature tones

For a subtle way to add interest to your hallway, dress it up in a patterned print in a natural tone. Amplify the gentle, earthy vibes with décor in natural materials like timber and woven baskets.

nature tones
Source: Johanna Bradford

32. Look for a loopy pattern

Inject your hallway with personality by decorating it with a bold abstract pattern like these intricate olive green loops. The green works beautifully against these reclaimed timber floorboards (and against the bike with its cane basket). Classic black and white wall sconces make a lovely accent and help prevent the hallway from being dim.

dark green pattern
Source: Architectural Digest

33. Think about terrazzo

Are you into the terrazzo look? If terrazzo floor tiling is out of your budget then you might like to find a terrazzo print wallpaper instead. This grey-toned terrazzo print with a faint sheen contrasts well with the dark grey painted wainscoting.

dark grey and terrazzo wallpaper
Source: Real Homes

34. Make it metallic

If you love a glam aesthetic, it’s easy to bring in shimmer and shine with a metallic wallpaper. Reflective papers are great at catching and amplifying the available light, too. Here, a handmade gold-foiled wallpaper that has a slightly matted shine so it’s not too blingy. For a show-stopping entrance, add an extravagant chandelier, maybe in a mid-century style like this. Find more ideas for lighting up your hallway.

gold foil dots
Source: A Beautiful Mess

35. Rewind with retro

Finally, how about this gorgeous entryway, decked out in vintage Josef Frank wallpaper? Josef Frank was the influential Austrian-Swedish designer who put his own spin on Modernism, with his focus on artistic, colourful and charming nature-inspired designs. I also love the sculptural light fitting and of course who wouldn’t love a staircase like this, with such pretty white and timber steps?

retro hallway wallpaper
Source: Blogg Skonahem

And that’s my take on the best hallway wallpaper ideas around. Which is your preferred wallpaper style? I’d love to hear in the comments below. Personally, I love the whimsical retro and florals, but I also think subtly textured solid colours really lift a flat contemporary space.

Don’t forget you can organise your hallway wallpaper reno right here: find someone near you who can expertly handle your wallpaper installation needs.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gianna

I'm an interiors writer living in coastal Australia and discovering all the joys of DIY renovating.

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