When you welcome people into your home, it’s likely the first thing they see is the hallway. A dark hallway can make the entrance feel cramped and uninviting. So, here are a few ways you can brighten the space up.
Perhaps the most obvious solution for how to brighten a dark hallway is to invest in good lighting – the more natural the lighting the better. One way you can amp up the natural light is by investing in a large mirror. The reflective surface helps to ‘bounce’ light onto the surrounding walls, creating the illusion of a brighter hallway.
Another way you can brighten a dark hallway is to get creative with paint. Just bear in mind that your hallway is a high-traffic area. All those comings and goings mean your walls are at the mercy of grubby fingerprints, coffee spills and splashes of mud. So, a good rule of thumb when painting your dark hallway is to go for a really durable paint. Dulux Easycare is a great choice. It’s twenty times tougher than standard Dulux emulsion. So, you can wipe away spills and stains without the colour ever fading. You can find it in a huge array of colours too.
3 hallway paint colour ideas for you to try
Dark-coloured paint makes for a dark hallway. So, choose a shade that will help the space feel light and airy. A light grey like Rock Salt will lend your hallway a contemporary feel, like you might find in the reception of a boutique hotel. In fact, any kind of pale neutral would work well. Gentle Fawn is good because it doesn’t draw too much attention to itself, yet it offers a nice contrast if you have statement pieces of furniture in the hallway. Or, you could try a peachy pastel – Soft Peach, for example – as a playful alternative.
Bright hallway ideas: elongate the hallway with fresh colour
There’s no rule that says you have to keep colour to the walls. Try painting the inside of your front door in a fresh, vibrant shade like Mineral Mist. Then continue the colour across the ceiling. This has the effect of elongating your dark hallway, making it feel lighter and airier in an instant.