Halls and Hallways If you are struggling to find the best colour for your hall or hallway then keep scrolling for all the inspiration you will need! Halls and hallways are often the first spaces you enter into in a home but can be neglected or an after thought. Hall spaces most commonly lead to the main rooms and staircases, so it is a key transitional space in the home and so its important to create a scheme that helps the flow in between the interior. Hallway spaces can be narrow or lacking natural light, so choosing the right colour for this space is important in achieving a balanced and welcoming space which coherently leads you through an interior. Hallways are a great opportunity to make an impact to the overall sense of your space but need to be practical and solutions-driven. Go bold, go colourful If the space is right then go bold with colour! If you have a light, open hall or hallway space then why not add some rich colour which will be beautifully bright during the day and suitably warm in the evenings and in lamp light. We love the use of ‘Trumpington’ in the double heighted hall below, with interior design by Charlotte Crofts. This is a great example of adding a highly pigmented colour such as this deep tobacco tinted yellow to an open space, drawing out all the powerful tones in the light but also created a warm atmosphere when the sun has gone down. Edward Bulmer also advises how yellows are a great hallway and passage colour for walls but it also depends on what pigment base the yellow is made up of. 'Trumpington' hall, with interiors by Charlotte Crofts Halls and passages work well with ochre-based tones while a bright mineral yellow can articulate the volume of a living room to great effect. Just bear in mind that starved of light, yellows can seem a bit green to the green. There are, however, ways to make this hue look contemporary: juxtaposed with clear white, it looks fresh and confident. Deep and slightly tobacco-like shades can lend a chic, suede feel to a room, especially if you tie it in with a complementary trim. Edward Bulmer 'Trumpington' hall 'Trumpington' hall Sometimes people can think that a hall space needs to remain neutral so not to clash with any joining room schemes but as long as you get the tonality right with the rest of your space a hall is definitely somewhere you can add colour rather than just keeping it neutral. This ‘Turquoise’ room is a perfect example of bringing in a brighter, fresher colour into a hall space, using a neutral or off-white here could of been very washed out by the dark stone floor so ‘Turquoise’ is adding some great blue and green hues to balance this out. 'Turquoise' hall, photographed by Paul Whitbread for Inigo Trumpington Invisible Green Turquoise Sang de Boeuf Hallways can be dark and awkward spaces so people can be afraid of using colour here and opt for something that may make the space feel lighten (often this doesn’t always work either). So don’t be afraid to add some colour, using one of our brighter shades like ‘Invisible Green’ or ‘French Blue’ to add a burst of colour to a space that could otherwise feel lost. 'Invisible Green' hall Neutral Pinks We don’t necessarily believe in ‘trends’ as such but our range of soft neutral and plaster pinks are incredible popular at the moment, especially when it comes to creating a light, neutral space but not wanting to use an off-white or grey. These colours are therefore perfect for a hallway or landing space, as they add warmth and react well with all lights, but are not too over-powering a shade to dominate a space. Here is a great example of our ‘Lilac Pink’ in use at Edward’s own home, painted in the hall and continuing up the stairs and on the landing. 'Lilac Pink' in the Hall at Edward Bulmer's home 'Lilac Pink' on the landing at Edward Bulmer's home Jonquil Lilac Pink Cuisse de Nymphe Emue Mason Pink ‘Jonquil’ is also a popular plaster pink colour which we also offer in Shades or 20%, 40% and 60% of the full shade for those who love the colour but want something slightly lighter. ‘Jonquil’ works well in this hallway space as this colour reacts brilliantly with the natural curves and shapes of the interior and also with the different lights as you travel through the hallway. 'Jonquil' 60% used in this Country House hallway Hallway using 'Jonquil' 60% Hallway using 'Jonquil' 60% Brown C'est Chic Brown can often be associated with being a dark colour, especially for interior spaces however we have seen a rise in chic browns which create the most elegant of spaces. Below is a great example of using brown in a hallway space in the home of James Mackie using our ‘Mummy’ which has really interesting green undertones. 'Mummy' at the home of Interior Designer J. James Mackie Ltd, Photography by James McDonald 'Cinnamon' in this beautiful hallway design by Olivine Design Tawny Cinnamon Mummy London Brown Warm Greys 'Fine Grey' We know that greys will never fall out of fashion – they are far too useful. If you avoid them being over blue or over black they will always accommodate your other colours and furnishings. Edward’s greys are packed full of pigment which prevents them from being flat or cold and you will find an unrivalled richness that can be paired with any colour on the chart. Paris Grey Fine Grey Inferior Grey Slate 'Slate' We always use a combination of different pigments for all our colours, so each one has a different undertone and can work in harmony in all sorts of schemes. For example ‘Wash Stop’ illustrated below, is a subtle grey with a touch of lavender which works tonally with ‘Drab Green’ in the following room. Hall painted in 'Portland', leading through to 'Drab Green' with 'Lead White' on the woodwork 'Paris Grey' on the walls and 'Whiting' on the woodwork at Keythorpe Hall, photography by Sim Canetty-Clarke Picking the perfect off-white I think it’s safe to say that everyone has been in a situation at one point where they just can’t find that perfect off-white. Choosing the right white is so important, especially when it’s for hall or hallway spaces. Some key things to think about is that white reflects light, delineates architecture and sets off other colours. White can be the perfect colour to use in a hall space and continued into hallways and up a staircase so its key to chose the tonality of white to respond to the tonality in the colour of other paints or the hard finishes in your home. 'White Lead' 'Silver White' hallway by K & H Design When taking an architectural approach to design with controlled lines and functional materials it still requires one to make a careful choice of accompanying neutrals. In this home, Silver White was used on the hallway and landings from the darker basement to the brighter top floor. It ties in the underlying silver tones in the timber floor and - whilst keeping the long hallway light - it gives warmth and texture too. Edward Bulmer We colour our white with small amounts of earth pigment which will give you warm, stoney and pinky whites. Warm tints will appear older and emphasise the warmth if other colours. Greyer whites will cool down other colours and appear more modern as the ‘yellowness’ we associate with old whites is partly down to the use of oils which we no longer use. Consider the weight – if you use a light white with a deep colour you will have a high contrast which is more visually jarring for instance. White Lead Stone White Milk White Creami Colour 'Milk White' and 'Fawn' 'Creami Colour' on the walls and 'White Lead' on the woodwork Still not sure on what colour to go for? We are here to help! You can book a virtual or in home colour consultancy through our website HERE . Our colour consultants have all been trained by our founder and colour man Edward Bulmer and will come equipped with all the materials needed to help you find the perfect shade. Make sure to order you NEW free colour chart today which now shows examples of our shades and includes our new colours ‘Mason Pink‘ and ‘Pippin’.