10 Victorian hallway ideas that encapsulate the era

Whether you’re updating an existing Victorian style or creating your perfect Victorian decor from scratch, these Victorian hallway ideas are designed to peak your interest.

There’s everything from maximalist to minimalist, and even ideas that incorporate more modern and contemporary touches.

There’s also a few hints and tips for making the most of these ideas in your home!

10 awesome Victorian hallway ideas

Liven up your Victorian hallway with these amazing Victorian hallway ideas!

Try a maximalist design

Traditional Victorian hallways lend themselves beautifully well to maximalist interior design.

To incorporate a maximalist decor in your Victorian hallway, try the following:

  • Bold wallpaper: Try wallpaper with intricate design and floral motifs in deep, rich colours
  • Patterned flooring or rugs: Add to the maximalist design with more detail in your flooring, or try a detailed hallway rug or runner
  • Be brave with artwork: Frames are your friend and give you the opportunity to incorporate even more detail and bold rich colours

Add parquet flooring

Parquet flooring like this is officially back and is without doubt a popular choice as a Victorian hallway idea.

This timeless feature is the perfect way to freshen up your hallway while remaining empathetic to the existing Victorian features.

Here’s so advice for adding parquet flooring to your Victorian hallway:

  • Use high quality materials: Engineered or solid wood are favourable, particularly for a high traffic area like this
  • Choose the right finish: Matt or satin finishes often work better than gloss here
  • Prepare your subfloor: Be sure to iron out any imperfections in your subfloor before installation

Go dark and traditional

Already working with some dark wood accents in your Victorian hallway?

Embrace it and incorporate more dark woods, tiles and wall colours, like the above example.

Dark burgundy’s, tiles and wallpaper work really well here, so don’t be afraid to give it a go.

Add black and white tiles

Black and white traditional tiles suit Victorian hallways beautifully, as demonstrated by the above example.

They’re also incredibly versatile and can compliment various decor styles and colour themes.

Another advantage with this style of flooring is it helps brighten up the hallway more than other traditional style flooring by reflecting more light.

Pair dark woodwork with tiled flooring

Another great option if you’re already working with dark wood accents in your Victorian hallway, try pairing it Victorian tiles.

In this example, the dark wood tones in the woodwork is matched in the dark colours in the Victorian floor tiles and it works brilliantly!

Team with beautiful panelling

A great way to add visual interest to any hallway is to add panelling.

Panelling also works really well in any hallways to protect the walls from scuffs and scrapes.

Let the tiles do the talking

Tiles like this are the perfect way to liven up your Victorian hallway, but especially like in this example where they’re the focal point of the space.

This is a great example of how a neutral, and even contemporary colour theme, can work well in a Victorian hallway with the right tiled flooring.

Try a stair gallery

If you’re lucky enough to have a staircase in your Victorian hallway, try adding a stair gallery that’s complementary of the time and theme.

Draw the eye upward and make the most of your stairway space with period artwork and picture frames such as in this example.

You can be as brave as you like here, but be sure to add frames that work well with your existing woodwork.

Add some complimentary furniture

Adding furniture as a Victorian hallway idea is a great way to add personality and style effortlessly, without the need to paint or install tiling.

While adding furniture that compliments your existing woodwork is a good idea, this Victorian style allows you a little more freedom with what traditional furniture you choose to adorn your hallway with.

Hallway sideboards are a popular idea!

Add a stained glass doorway

The intricate details and colour patterns of a stained glass doorway compliment a Victorian hallway beautifully.

Aside from this, it lets light filter through into your hallway in a diffused manner creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

And above all, a stained glass doorway creates the perfect focal point at the entrance to your home.


These are just a few amazing Victorian hallway ideas to help incorporate elements of the Victorian era into your home.

Be brave and don’t be afraid to give these ideas a go!