Hallway Flooring Ideas

We share our favourite hallway flooring ideas to help you to transform your hallway space.

Hallways are spaces in our homes that are often neglected and usually the last room to be decorated. Yet they are the first thing we see as we walk through the door and the last thing we remember when we leave the house. How does the saying go ‘first impressions last.’ We share our top flooring picks to help transform your hallway space.

They can be seen as long dark corridors, lacking natural light, linking us to the more exciting rooms in our home. They are generally used as a dumping area for shoes, coats and bags, well not anymore! Christmas is only around the corner so now is the time to give our hallways a well-deserved treat by introducing an injection of colour and pattern, starting with the floor.

Flooring more often than not needs to be hard wearing and practical to accommodate heavy foot fall but this doesn’t mean it has to be boring. A warm oak wood flooring can be dressed with a colourful patterned rug, there are a great selection from online retailers at the moment. We found a great selection of floral medallion rugs here.

In the image below you can see how the inside of the front door has been painted in a matching colour to the beautiful Alhambra Floral Medallion Rug by Surya which draws the eye to the end of the hallway.


Whilst horizontal striped rugs work well in long narrow spaces as these tend to give the illusion of these being much wider. Choose a bright stripe to draw the eye and brighten up the space in an instant.

Hallway flooring ideas. HOUSE OF TURQUOISE (2014) striped rug. horizontal striped rugs work well in long narrow spaces giving the illusion of a much wider space.                                         1/2/3/4/5/6

Tiles used on the floor can create a beautiful decorative effect by introducing colours as well as patterns. In this image you can see how blue and green Moroccan tiles have created a real focal point in this hallway. The wall and staircase have been painted white drawing attention immediately to the floor.

Hallway flooring ideas. AUTOMATISM (2010) Moroccan tiles. Create a focal point in a hallway with blue and green Moroccan tiles                                                                              1/2/3/4/5/6/7

Or take a collection of mis-matched vintage tiles and create you own striking version of a Victorian Minton tiled floor instead, mixing in vintage tiles for an authentic look.

Hallway flooring ideas; FABULOS (2012) vintage tiles. Create you own striking hallway with mis-matched vintage tiles to recreate a Victorian Minton tiled floor.                1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10

In the image below each of the stair risers have been covered with different patterned tiles which naturally draws your eye towards the top of the stairs. The warm honey coloured tones of the wood flooring can be picked out in these tiles. Best tile do a beautiful range of Moroccan cement tiles, or try Ebay for a great range of vintage Moroccan style tiles.

Hallway flooring ideas. HOUZ(N/D) tiled Spanish stair risers cover the stairs, use different patterned tiles to draw the eye towards the top of the stairs. The warm honey coloured tones of the wood flooring can be picked out in these tiles.                                               1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12

Or if tiling isn’t an option, we found a great range of patchwork, tile effect rugs that could be used in a hallway or at the bottom of the stairs to recreate the look instantly.

Moroccan mosaic tiling style rug. Hallway Flooring ideas to transform your interior.                                         1/2/3/4/5/6

Instead of tiling stairways, a more economical method which will achieve a similar effect is to use a combination of different Moroccan stencils but use the same colour, or save off cuts of wallpaper and mix colours and patterns to create an eye catching staircase like the yellow one below.

Buying whole rolls of wallpaper may be expensive, but most retailers offer generous free samples or charge a small fee to post out several samples.

Hallway flooring ideas. THE STYLE FILES (2011) Create a stenciled stair risers by using a combination of different stencils but use the same colour, or save off cuts of wallpaper and mix colours and patterns to create an eye catching staircase.                                         1/2/3/4/5/6/7

Or if tiling your stairs isn’t within your budget, create the same look with a statement, bright runner or large rug at the bottom of your stairs.

Hallway flooring ideas. If tiling your stairs isn't an option then use a statement rug instead.                                           1/2/3/4/5

This look is very versatile and can either be achieved on a budget with off cuts and wallpaper paste, or choose PVC backed re-usable wallpaper if you fancy investing in the look. Choose complimentary colours, patterns and prints in repeat to create a unified look.

Hallway flooring ideas. PHOTOBUCKET (N/D) wallpaper risers. Create a stenciled stair risers by using a combination of different stencils but use the same colour, or save off cuts of wallpaper and mix colours and patterns to create an eye catching staircase.                                                        1/2/3/4/5/6/7

Floors boards are also really versatile and look great stripped, stained or painted. In the image below you can see how the hall and landing have been painted white to reflect light and maximise height. Whilst the colourful stair runner adds a fun element to this traditional looking space.

Hallway flooring ideas LOVE CHIC LIVING (2013) A striped stair runner teamed with a muted, white painted hall and landing that reflects light and maximise height. Whilst the colourful runner adds a fun element to this traditional space.                                                   1/2/3/4/5/6/7

Or in the hallway below, an achromatic colour scheme has successfully been achieved in this hallway by staining the floor black. To achieved a balanced look, the hand rail has been stained the same colour and pictures in dark frames have been added to the wall drawing your eye towards the top of the stairs.

Hallway flooring ideas. HIGH STREET MARKET (2011) Monochromatic hallway. The achromatic colour scheme in this hallway has been successfully done by staining the floor black, and keeping the scheme balanced by painting the banister black to match and adding pictures in dark frames to draw the eye towards the top of the stairs.

We hope this has given you inspiration for your hallway. What’s your favourite hallway flooring look?


HOUSE OF TURQUOISE (2014) patterned rug [Online Image] Available from:

http://www.houseofturquoise.com/2014/11/highland-custom-homes.html [Accessed: 17.03.2015]

HOUSE OF TURQUOISE (2014) striped rug [Online Image] Available from:

http://www.houseofturquoise.com/search/label/Hallway?updated-max=2010-06-28T09:20:00-05:00&max-results=20 [Accessed: 17.03.15]

AUTOMATISM (2010) Moroccan tiles [Online Image] Available from:

http://lorilangille.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/vintage-loveliness.htm  [Accessed: 17.03.2015]

FABULOS (2012) vintage tiles [Online Image] Available from: http://fabkeramik.blogspot.se/2012/06/fredagsmyset.html?m=1 [Accessed: 17.03.2015]

HOUZ(N/D) tiled risers [Online Image] Available from:

http://www.houzz.com/photos/staircase/spanish [Accessed: 17.03.2015]

THE STYLE FILES (2011) stencil pattern [Online Image] Available from:

http://style-files.com/2011/01/21/moroccan-stencil-staircase [Accessed: 17.03.2015]

PHOTOBUCKET (N/D) wall paper risers [Online Image] Available from:

[Accessed: 17.03.2015]

LOVE CHIC LIVING (2013) striped stair runner [Online Image] Available from:

http://lovechicliving.co.uk/wood-versus-carpet-the-big-flooring-debate  [Accessed: 17.03.2015]

HIGH STREET MARKET (2011) Monochromatic hallway [Online Image] Available from:  http://highstreetmarket.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/inspired-by-chris-barrett-design.html [Accessed: 17.03.2015]


  • Angel Mae Curtis
    November 2, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Thanks for sharing. The hallway is the first thing that your guests see when they walk through your front door, so it’s a great space to make a good first impression.

  • Jennifer
    November 9, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I liked your idea of using combination of different Moroccan stencils using same colour.
    Thats great idea Thanks

    • deepak
      February 7, 2017 at 10:05 am

      my favourite hallway flooring look so good . i like for tips.

  • Angel Mae Curtis
    November 15, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Hallways are the most well trodden path in any home, so regardless of whether you have a small hallway or a large vestibule that doubles as a separate room in it’s own right, it is worthwhile taking your time to consider your flooring options. Thank you for sharing.

  • lily
    April 3, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for sharing these great tips. I really appreciate your efforts.

  • krishtina
    April 7, 2017 at 11:25 am

    great idea, thanks for sharing.

  • Tomson Floors
    April 17, 2017 at 10:17 am

    vintage Moroccan style tiles, as well as the rosy flower tiles in the stair way, are great stairway designs. I loved the white effect in the last pic. Quite a lot of suggestions that are effective. Thanks for sharing

  • Stella
    June 29, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    I loved the rosette tiles in the ladder…Will go amazingly well with my quartz wall tiles…Thank you for providing such innovative tiles

    • North West Garage Conversions
      August 1, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      You are right Stella I loved the same ..I have a website .

      Can you let me know how to go about displaying it in our garage projects and would it look good?

  • Jacqueline
    September 12, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Please can I ask where the tile effect rug is from? Many thanks

  • krishi
    October 9, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    NIce article…

  • Nikki Gledhill
    November 7, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Thanks for sharing this article.

  • Jude
    January 20, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Nice Post. I really liked the article.

  • Stacey
    March 20, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    I love those heavily patterned floor tiles, they make a striking first impression

  • Charles
    October 14, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    nice https://tashteebblog.com/stairs-tiles-design/

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