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How to create a welcoming hallway

The hallway is often the first thing someone sees when they enter your home. Here’s what you can do to make the space as inviting as possible.

A rainbow welcome mat in a hallway.

1. Welcome mats

Not just welcoming, a doormat also has practical benefits as it can prevent muddy footprints on your flooring.

A white shoe storage cabinet in a hallway next to a basket with umbrellas in it.

2. Shoe and coat storage

Adding some shoe storage, a coat rack or hooks and an umbrella stand can keep your hallway free of clutter.

A bamboo Habitat shoe bench in a hallway.

3. Hallway bench seat

Add somewhere to sit while you put your shoes on, as well as somewhere to keep stuff stashed away.

A grey storage cabinet in a green hallway.

4. Hallway storage

Add a console table or cabinet to give you room to keep any letters or other important items safe.

A monochrome, black and white runner and welcome mat in a hallway.

5. Hallway runners

Want to create a great first impression? Pick a runner that's as fab as functional.

An arch wall mirror over a cabinet in a hallway.

6. Hallway mirror

Give your appearance one last check before you leave the house… not that you need it.

Hallway accessories

A glass reed diffuser on a mantle next to a glass vase and indoor plants.

Home Fragrance

Hallway setup sorted? Don’t forget to add a welcoming scent. Whether you prefer a calm or refreshing scent when you walk in the door, create the mood you desire with our selection of aromatic candles and reed diffusers.

Habitat La Lune framed wall print.

Wall art and prints

If you want to add a pop of personality to your hallway, wall art is a great option. A picture-perfect entry each time? We're knocking on that door.

A blue ribbed glass sideboard with an indoor plant, a lilac vase, a glass vase, and a pink candle on it.


Wondering how to impress guests the minute they step inside your home? Simple. Introduce a statement vase to your hallway. And the job's done.

A  hallway with indoor plants, a round wall mirror, and a white shoe storage.

Indoor plants

Elevate your hallway with faux plants. They're easy to maintain and add a refreshing vibe to the space.

Argos Home ceramic table lamp.


Make a glowing entrance. From statement pendants to ceiling lights- light up your hallway for that 'welcome home' feel.

Argos Home new Malvern hallway 6 drawer unit.

Baskets and boxes

Coats, keys, scarves, and other bits and bobs- a hallway can get messy quickly. Keep the space looking spic and span by hiding away the clutter.

Top hallway picks

Decorating your hallway

As one of the busiest areas of the home, a hallway can quickly start looking tired. Adding some fresh colour or wallpaper can bring it back to life and make it that much more inviting.

Hallway colour schemes

The décor in your hallway should set the tone for the rest of your home. From classic silver and grey to subtle and stylish duck egg and rosebud pink, we’ve got a pallet of paints to help you decorate your space.

Hallway wallpaper

Using wallpaper instead of paint can give your hallway an added pop of personality. From floral to neutral and modern to classic, we have wallpaper to suit whatever look you’re going for.

More help and inspiration

A living room with teal coloured sofa, a green side table, a white coffee table, and a yellow armchair.

Living room ideas

Finished the hallway? Move on to the living room with our latest trends and inspirational ideas.

Habitat animal print wall print.

Blank wall ideas

Add character to an empty wall with a statement mirror, wall art, and more.

A wooden sideboard with a wall art, a pair of vases, and table lamp on it.

Storage ideas

Keep clutter out of sight with our storage solutions.

A living room with white boucle sofa and dark wood finish side and coffee table.

Home ideas

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