1,566 Hallway Design Photos And Ideas

The semi-outdoor space extends the living room outward. Inside, a layer of glass sliding doors further facilitate breezes. The occupants can enjoy the sound and smell of rain behind shelter.
In this house in Melbourne, Australia, windows at the top and bottom of the double-volume living area flood both the first story and corridor upstairs with ample daylight. The double-height space makes the modest footprint of this part of the house feel open and light, says architect Sally Timmins.
A long, airy hallway lines the guest wing with built-in shelves along the wall and a bathroom at the end of the corridor. The wing can be closed up seasonally when visitors aren’t around as often.
A built-in desk and shelves define the office nook.
In place of a warren of rooms, the architects installed a comfortable suite for Neil and Shirley on the other side of the chimney that includes an office space, walk-in closet, private bathroom, and bedroom that overlooks the ocean.
The kitchen enjoys great sight lines through the house and to the ocean.
The first phase of the project involved opening up the kitchen to the living spaces, and connecting the rooms.
Industrial black metal doors—such as the entrance to the main suite—offset the internal timber cladding, reenforcing the contrast between the architecture and the interior.
A three-story-high window at the rear of the home allows light and views to penetrate even the narrow hallway.
The Tasmanian oak timber battened panels accentuate the verticality of the spaces. “They draw the eye up from the kitchen all the way to the skylight at the top of the central void, and make the already tall ceilings feel even higher,” says architect Bronwyn Litera.
The flooring throughout the main floor is a light-toned rustic oak by Woodpecker Flooring.
One of the home’s original exterior walls now serves as an interior wall. Skylights were added when the ceiling was raised in certain areas of the home.
The linoleum was replaced with terrazzo tile, and since the wall was built out to wrap the wall ovens, that created a spot for a catch-all table and art.
Although construction paused during the pandemic, the couple were able to wrap the project in August 2020. Plentiful sunlight now streams into the space. “It had to be light, it had to be bright,” says Shawn. “It was going to be a room that our family would be in for most of the time.”
The entry at Deco House opens to the home’s sole double-height void. The brick detailing frames the living areas beyond. The stairs on the right lead up to the kids' bedrooms.
The clients must pass through the courtyard, experiencing the outdoors, as they move between the private and public spaces.
The glass wall makes this narrow hallway look larger than it is.
A vanity and bathroom are located between the living area and bedroom.
The skylit hallway beside the bedrooms is not just a pass-through space—it provides room for the kids to play.
Natural light filters through the glazing, suffusing the cabin in warmth.
When open, the door leads into the dining room, which has been extended to create a communal gathering space for the family.
A sliding door crafted from part of a shipping container, with the typography becoming a graphic and defining element within the space.
The front entrance leads into a shipping container that features a mud room, laundry and bathroom. This space has been opened up to the circulation space between the existing home and the new addition.
The circulation space between the addition and the old house. The heated concrete floors have been polished to reveal the aggregate, enhancing the refined industrial appeal of the interior.
Although the home resembles a modernist barn, there are no beams within the structure. Rather, external timber trusses support the building.
A battened window lets in northern light while reducing summer solar gain.
The home’s sunny vestibule features a vibrant yellow door and a photo by William Bailey.
A view from the glazed connection to the module housing the living space.
Garden and living spaces blend together in this Australian dwelling which inverts the classic wraparound veranda.
A derelict courtyard residence gets revitalized with a sinuous, glass-walled pathway.
Ground floor entrance and handmade ceramic tiles
A breezeway to the right of the trough separates the pool pavilion from the guesthouse.
Netting and voids also help fill the home with daylight from above.
“The CLT was left exposed as an expression of the material, such a lovely looking material, why cover it up, if you don’t have to,” say the architects.
The vaulted ceiling above the principal bedroom is constructed from two layers of solid, hand-fired clay brick from local brand Rajoleria Llensa, and pieces of ceramic board from local brand Cerámiques Belianes.
Punctuating a hallway with light was among the clients' few requests for the house. EFFEKT achieved it through a panel of glass that highlights a swath of greenery.
To maximize on communal living space, the couple went minimal with bunking space. Their queen-size bed is tucked in an alcove and a pocket door was created to tuck away a crib or twin bunks.
Each room has a specific function—there are his-and-hers workspaces, a little television room, and a music room for Ben.
The entry boasts built-in cabinetry to the right of the front door and 4 wall hooks—one for each family member to hang everything from jackets to backpacks.
The window seat can also double as a bed. "It's particularly long, which was so that an adult can sleep there, or two kids could comfortably cozy up and sleep there," says Shaw, noting that it’s tucked around the corner from the bed for privacy.
A smaller volume links the containers and provides additional storage.
A hallway provides access to the bathroom (along the left-hand side), as well as the main entrance straight ahead.
One of the biggest challenges was prototyping, sampling, and testing to determine the correct formulas and process for the materials. “Concrete, for example, when poured in different environmental conditions produces different results,” says architect Tony Vella. “This doesn’t always work for a homogenous architecture.” As a result, the concrete was one of the most expensive elements of the home. “It was extremely detailed and very laborsome, but definitely worth the investment,” reveals Vella.
Brenda sifts through collage materials in the office. A special vase in the window holds Gingko leaves clipped from the backyard.
The home’s interior envelops visitors in walnut and cherry wood panels.
The long hallway runs past a double-height volume and overlooks the basement level. “Two big windows allow natural light to reach the basement from the ground floor,” says Wallace. “Because of this, the experience of being in the basement feels as little like being in a basement as possible.”
The couple’s art collection is diverse, representing their different tastes. This part of the gallery features work from Tam Van Tran (left), Yunhee Min (right), and a didgeridoo from Northern Australia.
“There was a notion that the floor and walls could be neutral surfaces, except for these very colorful rooms, and that would really help to make it feel like it’s the art that's the thing that you actually see,” says Tolkin. “When you put art on a more neutral surface, it tends to pop out and it’s very visible.” This section of the gallery features a painting by the client, Cathie Partridge.
The circulation space that connects the pavilions doubles as a gallery, so it’s much wider than a conventional corridor. This part of the gallery features a work by Tom Wudl (in the foreground), and a painting by Tam Van Tran (in the background).
In the bedroom hallway, a window is placed specifically in front of each door. “It’s like you have your own personal relationship with the window as you come through,” says Andrew Ashey, co-principal at AAmp Studio.

More than a way to get from point A to point B, modern hallways are important transitional spaces that connect both rooms and people. A well-designed hallway maximizes our experience of moving between activities and stages of the day. The photos below showcase some outstanding examples with various flooring options from hardwood to concrete.