Your hallway should be both practical and inviting.

Whether you live in a cosy bungalow, a trendy apartment, a comfy cottage or a spacious house, your hallway is important; it is most likely to be the first place your guests see when they walk through your front door, and also the first part of your home that you see when arriving back from a long day at work.

There are many factors to consider when decorating your hallway however, here at The Flooring Lab, we advise that you start with establishing the best type of flooring for your hallway. 

The main things to consider when choosing flooring for your hallway are:

  • Practicality
  • Value
  • Warmth
  • Aesthetics

The order of priority here will likely depend on the type of home you have, and also your co-inhabitants; if you have a house in the countryside and you have a couple of kids then a fluffy carpeted hallway is going to be far from practical! Similarly, if you live in an apartment with poor insulation, and grubby shoes aren’t a concern, then laminate flooring is unlikely to be the obvious option for you.

Practicality

The first thing to consider when choosing the type of flooring that will best suit you and your home, is practicality.

If your hallway flooring is likely to encounter grubby shoes, then vinyl, laminate, wood or LVT are the first flooring types to consider. Similarly, if you have pets or children, these options are the most practical solution.

Value

With flooring, you get what you pay for. If you’re looking for a short-term option for your hallway while the kids are growing up, and you’re expecting to replace it again in a few years time, then laminate flooring will certainly do the trick. There are lots of different options to suit any home, resembling stone or hardwood for example, and it doesn’t fade from exposure to sunlight.

However, if your priority is to find a flooring solution which will provide you with a hard-wearing surface for many decades, then LVT is a great place to start. 

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Warmth

As a quick aside - when we say warmth here, we mean the type that keeps you from getting cold, not the ambiance or colour palette of the flooring!

If you get cold feet easily, it may be best to steer away from some of the more solid options, like stone or ceramic flooring. These are naturally cooling which - if you find the Summer a little too hot - may be a good thing. 

An obvious warm choice is carpeted floors or, if you fancy the option of both or want to save money on carpet fitting, try a rug. Both options conduct less heat than hard flooring and provide insulation by trapping air between their fibres. In fact, some carpets provide up to ten times the insulation capacity compared to hard surfaces.

As with most things, it comes down to a healthy compromise. Carpets may hold too much heat for your liking in the Summer, even if they help warm you in the Winter. Similarly, hard flooring like stone may cool you in the Summer but be too cool in the Winter.  

If this applies to you, luckily there’s a middle ground. Vinyl is neither particularly cooling nor warming. And you can adjust to find the perfect balance for you by choosing the thickness; generally speaking, the thicker the vinyl, the warmer it is.

Aesthetics

This is often the clincher for people redesigning their home. Choosing the wall paint, the furniture and fittings may be in vain if the flooring isn’t the right type to tie the whole look together. 

Material matters as it will dictate the overall look and feel of a room. Hard surfaces tend to look more contemporary and sleek, whereas carpets convey a more comfy and homely feel.

Colour is perhaps less reliant on material. Laminate, vinyl, stone, wood and carpets can be found in an array of colours. There’s an important rule of thumb when it comes to any colour choice in the home: the lighter the colour, the bigger the room will look and the more light it will bring into the room. So choose colours like beige or light grey if you want this effect.

Darker colours may lack the space-expanding properties of their lighter counterparts, but they will add a sense of homeyness and comfort to your home. It also tends to be used in more modern spaces. So choose dark colours like walnut or dark grey if this is your thing.

Where do I go from here?

We would advise browsing our flooring collections for some inspiration. 

If you are still unsure of the right flooring solution for your hallway, then please feel free to get in touch with The Flooring Lab team for some friendly advice!