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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

victorian-house-in-south-londonClick 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.

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