The Best Dulux Hallway Colours: A Welcoming Entrance

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First impressions count, and getting the Dulux hallway colours right is key to creating a welcoming space to guests, and to YOU that has to live in it.

The hallway is arguably one of the most important rooms to get right, it’s the first place that greets you and it’s a transitional area.

Narrow hallways can also feel like a huge obstacle, they’re often dark, narrow and leave question after question as to how you can make the space feel brighter, and more welcoming. Sound familiar?

In this article, we take a look at the best Dulux hallway colours, and how you too can create a welcoming hallway that suits your design style, and aesthetically looks great too.

What Is The Best Colour To Paint A Hallway?

When it comes to small hallways, the darker the paint, the smaller the space becomes. However, adding artwork to a dark wall will really make it pop and act as a great back drop for anything you want to display.

An alternative to using a bold colour, is to paint the end wall in a contrast paint but in doing so, it will make the corridor appear shorter and pull the wall in towards you.

Neutral paints like white and cream will generally make a space feel lighter, but bright white is not a great choice in a heavy traffic area as it will show every mark, piece of dirt and scuff.

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What Dulux Hallway Colours Are Best?

Off-White Dulux Shades

Bright white shades are a popular, easy go-to for a hallway. But listen up, bright white is NOT the best shade for a hallway, contrary to the belief that it’s the best shade to make a space feel brighter, and bigger.

The biggest problem with using bright white is that it does not wear well in a heavy traffic area. It easily shows every scuff, mark and bit of dirt. Let’s not even go there if you have a young male dog, I digress.

Besides the fact, that there are SO many better shades of white that will lift your interiors, and bring warmth and depth to a hallway, here are some of the best off-white Dulux hallway colours to create a welcoming entrance.

Dulux Rock Salt

Dulux Rock Salt is classed as an off-white colour, with grey undertones. Tonally, this shade has blue undertones which gives it that cool, grey hue. This laidback colour will deliver an ultra relaxed and stylish finish, a versatile neutral that makes a great foundational colour in a hallway.

Tonally it works well with blue, but because of its cool disposition, it can be paired with other neutral or warm pops of colour in a hallway.

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Dulux Almond White

If you have a narrow hallway with very little light it’s worth opting for a white shade with yellow undertones, and creamy, beige neutrals to counteract the natural blue light that is making the room feel cold.

A shade like Almond White is one of my favourite Dulux hallway colours for this reason. It’s a creamy, off white colour with warm, orange and yellow undertones which makes it a perfect neutral that works with a multitude of colours.

This shade brings subtle warmth to a hallway, and is still neutral enough to pair well with other neutral, and more statement shades like orange, which tonally fits with Almond White.

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Dulux Ivory Lace

Another white shade with yellow undertones that’s great for use in a hallway is Ivory Lace. Dulux Ivory Lace is a warm white, with yellow undertones it can look like it has a gold sheen to it in some lights. This warm neutral shade means it’s perfect for use in all rooms in the home, and it’s much more forgiving than a standard bright white shade in a hallway.

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Dulux Timeless

One of the most popular off-white shades from Dulux that has softer yellow undertones is Timeless.

Dulux Timeless is a warm, creamy white shade that is a versatile, and dynamic white for every room in a home. It has yellow undertones which make it an ideal colour for North facing rooms as the yellow helps to counteract the coldness of blue light.

It’s also a much more forgiving white colour than a standard Dulux Bright White shade which will pick up every blemish, fingerprint and scratch.

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Summer Linen

Summer Linen is a popular off-white from Dulux, it has a warm yellow undertone without it feeling like a ‘magnolia’. A perfect bottom shade in a hallway as it’s more forgiving than a bright white. Due to the warm undertone, this colour is perfect for dark hallways or those that receive light from North facing rooms.

Used above the panelling in this hallway is Pure Brilliant White by Dulux.

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Warm Neutrals

Opting for a warm neutral is another great spectrum of colours for a hallway, they’re inviting, welcoming and they stop a hallway from feeling cold.

They bring a little bit of extra warmth and depth to the space than a white shade, and they’re great for a neutral colour scheme.

Dulux Egyptian Cotton

Egyptian Cotton is one of the most popular Dulux shades as it’s so highly versatile as a colour. Its warm undertones makes it a perfect neutral that works with a multitude of colours.

The colour can look completely different in different lights, it has been classed as a greige, sage green, mushroom and beige colour.

It pairs well with other yellow shades, greys, sage green and other colours in the neutral spectrum. It’s particularly popular in a hallway as shown below, used on the panelling as a defining shade and then a bright white above it to draw the eye up.

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Dulux Soft Truffle

Dulux Soft Truffle is a beautifully warm brown helped by its pink, and grey undertones. This versatile shade is a great way to incorporate brown into your interiors, an earthy neutral that is complementary to many other neutral colours, and those with subtle pink undertones.

It’s a much bolder move for a hallway, but if executed with the right complementary colours it can feel characterful, warm and inviting.

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Dulux Gentle Fawn

For a gorgeous neutral shade that isn’t bright white or magnolia, Dulux Gentle Fawn is a perfect choice that brings warmth, neutrality and lightness into the equation.

Dulux Gentle Fawn is considered a warm neutral, it’s a light beige shade which has undertones of brown, for a versatile, warm finish. This colour is the perfect antidote to a cold room, a beautiful choice for a hallway.

Take inspiration from the below where Gentle Fawn has been used on the upper half and Timeless on the panelling.

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Dulux Natural Calico

Natural Calico is a beautifully versatile, warm cream shade that has subtle yellow undertones. This tranquil shade is a perfect choice to create a welcoming, warm yet pared back hallway. Pair with neutral, or more daring shades for an eclectic look.

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Relaxing Shades

Hallways can be as bold and statement making as you like, you certainly don’t need to follow the rules. But the transitional space such as a hallway should feel welcoming, warm and inviting. Certain bold shades like orange and cobalt blue are not considered ‘restful’, so it’s worth bearing this in mind.

And, you certainly don’t need to stick to creams and off-whites for a hallway. However, opting for relaxing shades will set the tone as you step through the door, and a little bit of colour is a good thing. It stops spaces from feeling flat, and colour has the ability to lift your mood too (although not clearly scientifically proven might I add!).

Dulux Heritage Sage Green

Sage green is the colour of the hour, and it comes into its own in a hallway. This relaxing, and restorative shade is perfect for the entryway to your home. It’s brings warmth and a nod to the natural world, without it being overpowering.

Dulux Heritage Sage Green is a mid tone tone green with blue undertones for a tranquil, neutral shade that looks amazing in all rooms, especially a hallway.

If you’re not feeling brave enough to use it on the walls, add it on your doors. If you want to create visual interest and depth in the space, never have your doors the same colour as the walls unless you want a flat, boring space.

A little pop of sage green on doors and architraves is all you need for that warm and inviting touch.

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Dulux Overtly Olive

Olive green is a hugely popular colour throughout interiors, a beautiful neutral that’s perfect for modern interiors and it works flawlessly with other neutral shades, whilst it introduces warmth and depth to the space. If sage green isn’t to your liking, this creamy olive green shade is another restful paint colour for a hallway.

Overtly Olive is a beautiful, muted olive shade which has warm, yellow undertones. This versatile colour works well with other neutral shades including off-whites and creams.

A highly versatile colour that will bring warmth and depth to a room.

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Dulux Blush Pink

Incorporating a pastel pink shade in your interiors is a sure fire way to make a bold statement, whilst adding a fresh, bright aesthetic to a room that creates a relaxing, and welcoming space.

Dulux Blush Pink has red and orange undertones, this makes it a warm, dusty pink shade that is a soft, subtle way to introduce pink to an interior. This is a versatile neutral shade that could be paired with other neutral colours, or with bolder pops of pink, red or orange to make a true statement in a room.

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We know what Dulux hallway colours are the best for creating a warm and inviting space, but you’re probably still wondering, how do I whittle the Dulux hallway colours down from here?

My best advice is to choose 3 shades you really like, get a tester pot of each and then paint a swatch of each colour in the hallway. Light can have a big impact on how colour actually looks in a home, so you’ll want to see how it looks in both natural, and artificial light. This will give you a chance to live with the colour which should help you decide what colour to go with.

If you have any other questions about hallway colours, please drop them below or reach out to me on email, I’d love to help! Which Dulux hallway colours are your favourite?

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Nicole Sage

Nicole Sage is the founder of Sleek-chic Interiors and is a highly experienced interiors writer and skilled home renovator who has a passion for all things design. She has been featured as an authority at Pinterest, Ideal Home, Daily Mail and in countless other interviews. For 8 years, Nicole has written, observed key interior trends, renovated and undertaken interior short courses at the renown KLC school where she has gained her grounding interior design principles. With a keen eye for detail and a love of creativity, she shares her expertise on the latest interior trends, practical DIY tutorials, and styling inspiration to help others transform their homes into stunning spaces. With a commitment to delivering informative and engaging content, Nicole inspires and empowers readers to explore their own unique sense of style and create beautiful, personalised interiors. Contact her at for interiors advice, colour questions and any commentary.

4 thoughts on “The Best Dulux Hallway Colours: A Welcoming Entrance”

  1. Have been looking for ideas for refreshing the hallway. If only I could have found this article earlier, it would have saved me hours in looking for inspiration! The article is absolutely to the point with wonderful tasteful colour ideas. Thanks so much for this.

  2. Thin hallway that has no natural light and always feels so cold, looking for an suggestions please…. Picked up a tester pot of vanilla sundae today not sure if that’s the answer. Desperate for any advice to warm it up with colour… Many thanks


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