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What Color Should I Paint My Hallway?

Hallways are a room between rooms, a "pass-through" space that we often give little though to, even when it comes to paint. However, the truth is that the color and sheen of the paint you use in your hallways makes a significant difference to the feel of your house, and it affects how soon you will need to repaint. So, what kind of paint should you use in your hallway?

What Paint Sheen Should I Use in My Hallway?

The paint sheen that you choose for your hallway will depend mostly on how much traffic that hallway gets. If it’s an area that will get a lot of wear and tear on a regular basis, you probably will want to choose a sheen like satin, or a specially-formulated high-wear eggshell. These are both pretty durable and easy to clean. 

If your hallway is more ornamental (this doesn’t mean nobody uses it, just not super high-traffic), then you also have the possibility of using flat or matte paint. These can provide a beautiful, soft, velvety, look. Flat paint also helps hide imperfections on the wall like dents or scrapes.

What Paint Color Should I use in My Hallway?

There are two main considerations for what color you use to paint your hallway:

1. What Rooms Is This Hallway Connected To?

The first thing to consider when choosing a paint color for your hallway is what rooms it’s connected to. If you can see some of the paint color of another room from your hallway, you don’t want the colors to clash. This doesn’t have to be limiting, but it is a good thing to be aware of. For example, if the hallway runs right into a living room or kitchen, it will need to coordinate well.

2. How Large Is My Hallway?

The spaciousness of your hallway is something you need to consider. If it is small already, a dark color could make it feel cramped. If it is a very large hallway, you might be seeking to make it feel cozier, in which case you probably will want a darker color. Again, this is not a hard and fast rule, but is very helpful when it comes to choosing colors!

A Few Great Hallway Color Ideas


Blue is a beautiful, calming color. It can be more on the gray side (very neutral), or bluer (a little more distinctive).


Tan or Beige

One of the best things about beige is the variety of shades. Choose one that you like, and anything else will match!



Olive is a unique and sophisticated color. It could be a great choice for your hallway!


Southington Painting Company Can Help!

No matter what paint color you decide to use on your hallway, Southington Painting Company would be happy to help you get it on the walls perfectly. If you can’t decide what color to paint your hallway, or if you have other questions, feel free to call! You can also click here to schedule a FREE estimate today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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