From Drab to Fab: 13 Hall Stairs and Landing Ideas

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Your home’s entrance is the first thing that you, your family, and your guests see when they step inside. It’s the place where you welcome your loved ones, kick off your shoes, and start to unwind. That’s why creating a warm and inviting atmosphere in your hall, stairs, and landing is crucial.

From sleek and modern designs to cosy and traditional schemes, there are countless hall, stairs, and landing ideas that can transform this space into something special.

Get inspired with these 13 hall, stairs and landing ideas that will help turn this crucial entrance point into a stunning centrepiece which sets the tone for the rest of your home.

13 Hall Stairs And Landing Ideas

1.Layering With Warm Colour

If you have a small narrow hallway one way to make the space feel lighter is to actually used bolder colours in the brighter areas that benefit from natural light, it will give the illusion that the space is lighter and bigger than it actually is.

I adore the combination of layering different colours in this hallway, seemingly opposites that complement each other so perfectly. The black spindle bannister adds definition and a touch of modernity to the space.

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2. Colour Block The Stairs

If you have very high ceilings a great way to draw the eye up is to colour block with a bold, statement making shade.

This rouge shade is just the perfect accent colour for the hall stairs and landing area. Team with a crisp white shade on the ceiling and some show stopping for tiles for a serious wow factor. This hallway look is perfect for period properties that have high ceilings, such as Victorian and Georgian houses.

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3. Half Wall Paneling With Statement Wallpaper

You can afford to go a little bit bold with a hallway stairs and landing, it’s the first place that greets you and it’s worth leaving a lasting impression.

I’m a huge fan of half wall paneling, and using a beautiful wall mural on the upper half provides instant visual interest and warmth. Smaller spaces can still experiment with this style, just ensure you opt for a smaller scale print to fit the proportions of the house.

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4. Traditional Victorian Style

If you have a Victorian property you might want to use the existing architectural parameters of the property to lead the way in the design.

This hall stairs and landing idea is the perfect example of leaning on architectural parameters for period authenticity and adding traditional touches throughout. Half wall panelling or a dado rail was a common feature in Victorian homes, with a stair runner and rods a traditional and elegant way to add a touch of warmth to the stairs.

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5. Defining Black Stairs

From one Victorian hallway to another, this hallway has emphasised the stunning cornicing and hallway by painting it in a defining black colour. It adds instant drama and definition to the staircase and contrasts beautifully with the cream stair runner.

A black staircase can be a refreshing change from white, it will ground the space and can be used in traditional to modern properties. Add a few other black accents into the space to pull the room together.

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6. Pink To Make The Boys Wink

Nothing says hello like a bold touch of pink, right? Okay, so this look isn’t for every person or property, but this hallway has totally nailed the look.

The bold shade pays off in this gorgeous space, a welcome pop of colour against the pristine white walls. The wool carpet on the stairs softens the look and brings a natural feel to the staircase.

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7. Rustic, Country Hallway

I have SO much love for this modern rustic hallway. The beams and natural wooden furniture add a gorgeous rustic charm to the small ceilinged hallway, whilst the black staircase as a defining touch of modernity.

For lighting, bring in a rattan pendant light to soften the black accents in the room. Low ceiling properties can be just as beautiful as high ceiling ones, but you should typically let the property lead the way in how you start styling the property as it will feel much more reflective of the era and tone of the house.

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8. Floor To Ceiling Wallpaper

Looking for a design that literally carries you from the floor up? This exquisite floor to ceiling wallpaper takes you on a literal journey as you progress through the house which I absolutely love.

The defining black staircase pairs beautifully with the colourful wallpaper. You certainly need the right space and height to execute a look like this, but if money was no object…

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9. Bright White Set of Stairs

Why not keep things simple with a set of painted bright white stairs that continues up to the ceiling. This bright and airy look contrasts beautifully with the sage green bannister for a soft pop of pastel colour.

Whilst this looks beautiful, the hall stairs and landing is a high traffic area and is not practical if you have a business household of children and pets.

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10. It’s All About The Stripes

Perhaps my favourite hall stairs and landing idea of them all. I LOVE the soft, neutrality of the space but the definition and visual interest that the striped stair runner brings to the space.

It draws the eye up or down the stairs and take you on a visual journey whilst the black on the stair runner brings a touch of modernity.

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11. Touches of Brown

Embrace warmth and elegance with neutral, touches of brown in your hall stairs and landing. There’s only a few touches of brown on the flooring and stair runner, yet it’s enough to bring the space together and create a cohesive flow through the hallway.

Pair with neutral or white walls for a light and airy feeling, even in a narrow hallway.

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12. Black & Wooden Accents

Interior design is all about telling a story and there’s no better way to do that with considerate pieces from the hallway in.

I really love this modern rustic, farmhouse style look with wooden touches on the stairs sandlots of black accents to ground the room. Keep it light and bright with white neutral walls, just be mindful that its a high traffic area and to always opt for a washable paint to avoid having to touch it up every other weekend.

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13. Transitional Hall Stairs and Landing

Transitional spaces are a lot of fun and they can bridge the gap between two different design styles in a considered way. This Victorian hallway very much has traditional features and colours from the half wall panelling to the stair runner and rods.

This very refined section of hallway then meets very loud, and colourful wallpaper but in a really tasteful way for instant design impact. What do you think?

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These 13 hall stairs and landing ideas are perfect for narrow hallways to modern and traditional spaces.

You don’t need to play it space with an all white area here, in fact, you should dare to be different and really introduce a lasting impression as you step through the front door after a busy day. Which hall stairs and landing ideas 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.

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