The hallway is where visitors get their first impression of your home, but it is also a space that is often wasted or becomes a graveyard for old coats and shoes. However, the hall can be the perfect blank canvas for displaying your personality and to show off the characterful period features of your home.
If you want to make your hall an interesting place to pass through – or even a place to spend time relaxing – take some inspiration from these beautiful hallways in period properties.
1. Highland cottage hallway
Hallways are often used to store all those miscellaneous items you need to grab as you rush out of the door. In this hallway, there is a chest, topped with cushions and used as an occasional bench, and a convenient bookcase.
Click here to see the rest of this 18th century Highland croft cottage
2. Stairway gallery
The white stairs in this otherwise colourful Victorian villa have been used as a creative backdrop for a large collection of photos and paintings. They make for an interesting climb and descent, always offering something new to look at.
Click here to discover the colourful interiors of this Victorian villa
3. Minimalist hallway
The hallway of this converted brewery adopts the same minimalism as the rest of the house. Two prints are leaning against the wall, adding a shot of colour and personality to the space.
Click here to see the conversion of this former brewery
4. A typical Victorian welcome
You can’t have an article about hallways in period properties without an example of one of the Victorian era’s most iconic features. These Minton floor tiles are the perfect example of Victorian style and character.
Click here to take a look around this comfortable Victorian home
5. A pretty Victorian cottage
A hallway doesn’t just have to be a place of passage. This hallway has got space below the stairs to squeeze a small arm chair — the perfect spot to settle down for a quiet read.
Click here to take a look around this pretty Victorian cottage
6. A simple entrance
The simple hallways of this farmworker’s cottage is a perfectly practical space. The checkerboard floor tiles add a point of interest to the room and colour is introduced with a window sill flower decoration.
Click here to see the retro interiors of this farmworker’s cottage
7. A practical hallway
Hallways provide somewhere to hang your coat and put down your keys when you get in. This hallway has a useful table and a practical chair to sit down and take off your shoes after a long day.
Click here to see this Swedish weekend retreat transformed from a derelict smallholding
8. A cottage hallway
This cottage entrance is pretty and practical, with plenty of space for coats and scarves. It also showcases the cottage’s original features, with its bare stone wall and timber beams.
Click here to take a look around this grade II-listed wool weaver’s cottage
9. Transformed French family home
Hallways don’t have to be bright and white. This dark and moody hallway creates a luxurious atmosphere with it’s patterned, traditional floor tiles and black decorating scheme.
Click here to take a look around the rest of this French family home
10. Cotswold cottage hallway
The hallway of this Cotswold cottage opens straight our onto the dining room, and leads through into the living space. There are enough hangers for every coat and hat in the house, and a convenient chest, where you can sit to pull on your wellies.
Click here to see the rest of this beautiful Cotswold stone cottage
11. Grand Victorian hallway
This grand hallway in a London home is the perfect example of luxury. It has makes a display of all the original features with subtle ornamentation in the mirror, picture frames, a side table and chandelier.
Click here to take a tour of this grand Victorian house in south London
12. The grand hallway of a grade II-listed farmhouse
This colourful hallway has been decorated sympathetically, with paintings that you would expect to see in a historic property along with thick checked curtains and the original stone floor tiles.
Click here to take a tour of this listed Devon farmhouse