20 Hardworking Hallways That Maximize Space & Style
Hallways are often forgotten, but have so much to offer. Maximize space in your home by putting hallways, stairways and entryways to work — whether that means adding storage or boosting style with a standout design moment. Check out these hallways that are as good looking as they are hardworking, and get ideas for your own space.
In this Victorian home, Mazen El-Abdallah designed a streamlined entry hall with a floating console to keep shoes and clutter in check.
Senior design editor Sally Armstrong created this entryway wall organizer for sunglasses, keys and mail. With wall hooks and a bench for shoe storage, this entrance is both functional and stylish.
Learn how to make this DIY: Modern Wall Organizer.
This front hallway makes a grand entrance with a sophisticated pedestal table — the perfect spot for stacks of coffee table books.
This memorable hallway features a showstopping wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler. A sleek console table is the ideal place to display vases, bowls and other collectibles.
In the entry vestibule of this character-filled home, an industrial hall tree topped with bamboo hat holders adds a functional element to a diminutive space.
In this back hallway, an antique bench brings vintage character and is a practical spot to get bundled up for a snowy adventure. A wicker basket corals mitts, scarves and hats.
Senior design editor Joel Bray pumped up the storage in this hallway by adding a wooden DIY hat rack. Show off your collections seasonally — straw hats in the summer and scarves and fedoras come winter.\
Learn how to make this DIY: Wall-Mounted Hat Rack.
Every stairway should have a place to sit and enjoy a spectacular view. Topped with cozy accent pillows and throws, this bench becomes a functional focal point in what is normally a transitional space.
In this Princess Margaret showhome, designer Brian Gluckstein created a pretty and functional side entry hall. Within the wall of built-in storage are two closets, a bench and plenty of open shelves.
This airy entryway in Victoria, British Columbia, features a vintage wardrobe that acts as a family closet. The warm wood tempers the black and white scheme and striking cement floor tile.
Designer Sabrina Albanese made the most of her condo hallway’s storage potential by adding Eames coat hooks and a storage cube. And just around the corner? A space-saving wall-mounted desk and a lucite chair on casters.
A wall of white oak built-ins provides essential storage in this mudroom-meets-entryway. There’s space to sit and put on shoes, as well as hang jackets and bags — and there’s even room to store a bike.
Not only is this hallway striking, but it’s also functional. A clean white wall is the backdrop for the stunning artwork and brass chandelier, while a console table is the ideal locale for writing a note or stacking the mail.
A vintage peg coat rack and basket corral frequently used outerwear in this back hallway.
The downstairs hall of this Toronto pied-à-terre includes a bow-front Georgian chest, which offers a place to stash keys and display beloved pieces.
Reminiscent of an art gallery, this hallway features a massive Aubusson tapestry. Further furnished with a simple upholstered bench and a striking armchair, the space feels grand yet comfortable.
The stairway in this East Coast guest house nods to the nautical with a unique rope handrail and a gallery wall full of sea-worthy oil paintings, boat etchings and photographs.
This back entry is all about function: a wood and wire table provides a place for showcasing bowls and flowers, the vintage bench is a spot to pull off muddy boots and a wicker basket contains mitts, hats, gloves and scarves in the colder months.
Senior design editor Sally Armstrong designed this simple but hardworking front entry that features a clean-lined bench and wall hooks to hang bags and scarves.
For her entry hall, designer Erika Floysvik created a genius cabinet: it rolls out of the way to reveal access to a 205-square-foot crawlspace under the bedroom.