Dulux Colour Fix: From Humble Hallway to Grand Entrance - Three Ideas to Try


While a hallway can be seen to be an area that’s only purpose is to be walked through, it can, and should be, so much more than that. It is in fact, the first thing you see when you return home at the end of your day and can set a clear tone – whether that be calm or chaotic – for the home. “Whilst it might not be a functional room, your hallway is a hardworking space that deserves decorative attention,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Colour and Communications Manager. Some intentional styling and a fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference to a hallway and is well worth the minimal effort. Stylist Julia Green gave a classic hallway three inviting looks using three different palettes from the Dulux Colour Forecast 2021 to demonstrate the ease of this home-improvement venture. “This hallway had great bones – a high ceiling, decorative mouldings and trims, with a generous width – but it lacked energy. Being a relatively small space, it didn’t take much time, effort or outlay to jazz it up, and livening up the colour was the perfect place to start,” says Green.

Look 1: Cosy and Contemporary

Utilising colours from Dulux’ reset collection, Green “ran deep, dusty pink (Dulux Wash & Wear in Terra Rose) up to the picture rails, and warm white (Dulux Wash & Wear in Snowy Mountains Half) on the upper section of walls and the ceiling”, while utilising that same white to draw attention to the gorgeous existing trims and mouldings. The benefit of using a dark colour on the lower half of the hallway is that it can camouflage marks, “while a lighter colour above keeps your hallway feeling open and airy.” When it comes to décor, it is important to avoid cluttering a hallway so Green kept her “focal points to the walls, floor and console table. A joyful artwork at the end of the hall adds interest, whilst a geometric-patterned rug creates softness and hides a multitude of sins in a high-traffic spot. All these elements are in tones of pink and coral, creating a lush, layered effect against the dusty pink walls.”


Look 2: Luxurious and Timeless

To give a more opulent feel and to draw the eye to the home’s beautiful original features, Julia “selected timeless colours from the Retreat palette. Rich bottle green (Dulux Wash & Wear in Mangrove) on the walls picks up on the tones in the stained-glass window, and warm white (Dulux Wash & Wear in Whisper White) above the picture rail keeps the entrance light and inviting.” To add character, Green recommends mixing old and new elements together. “An ornate chandelier contrasts beautifully with a sleek modern table lamp, while graphic, contemporary artwork adds a touch of the unexpected. The old-meets-new runner has a traditional look, but in bright, modern colours.


Look 3: Calm and Comforting

In her final look, Green “chose soft, nature-inspired colours from the Nourish palette.” Sitting comfortably alongside the white walls already present in many people’s homes, these tones can also “bring a sense of the outside in – which you can emphasise by styling with natural textures and greenery.” Green “used soft pistachio on the walls (Dulux Wash & Wear in Sedia), pale pink (Dulux Aquanamel in Skip To) on the front door, and cool white with a neutral undertone (Dulux Wash & Wear in White Exchange Half) on the trims and ceiling. “To boost functionality without sacrificing precious floor space, [Green] added timber storage hooks to the walls for coats and bags.” To style up the space, Green also added a cheery painting to mirror the pink on the front door and a fern-print rug that “ties in with the natural theme, and its busy pattern means it won’t show every bit of dirt and dust.”

“Each of these looks took less than a day to create – and turned a drab hallway fab,” she says.


Julia Green’s hallway styling tips

  • Create a focal point: Draw guests into your home with a striking artwork, a gallery wall or a mirror at the end of the hallway.


  • Choose a durable paint finish: Busy hallways require a tough, washable paint finish – Dulux Wash & Wear Low Sheen has a velvety finish and it’s hardwearing and easy to clean.


  • Test it out: Purchase a Dulux sample pot or Colour Sticker online and live with the colours for a few days. For Colour Samples, visit


  • Choose the right rug: A robust, flatweave rug in a forgiving colourway is the best choice for a high-traffic area.


  • Light it right: Add warmth with a layered lighting scheme consisting of overhead lighting and lamps at different heights.


  • Mirror Magic: Make a narrow hallway feel bigger and brighter with a strategically placed mirror.


  • White and bright: One of the best ways to visually lift a low ceiling, bounce light into a space or for colour contrast is to have a white ceiling – from the picture rails to beyond.



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