What Color Should I Paint My Hallway?

Looking for the right paint colors to use on your hallways? Want step-by-step instructions on how to paint a hallway? Use our project guide to get great results with your next painting project and find the right hallway colors!

Step 1

Choose Your Color

An important area, hallways are the connection between all of the spaces in your home. You may wish to use with neutral paint colors to tie different rooms  together. However, hallways may be darker, because there are rarely windows to add light. Consider using lighter paint colors to reflect light and keep the area from looking dimly lit.

Cool & Relaxing

Create a relaxing neutral hallway with a gray-blue like Blue Beard PPG1042-4 as your main wall color with a light gray like Gray Marble PPG1002-4 for accents. Use Blue Fjord PPG1163-6 for furniture to bring more depth into the hallway. For any wood use a red-brown like Warm Mahogany PPG1060-7.

  • Blue Beard PPG1042-4
  • Gray Marble PPG1002-4
  • Blue Fjord PPG1163-6
  • Warm Mahogany PPG1060-7
Cool & Relaxing

Warm & Inviting

Choose Swirling Smoke PPG1007-2 for your wall color to add light to your hallway and still tie rooms together like a neutral paint color. Add warm neutral decor in paint colors like Prairie Dust PPG1102-4 and Hindu Lotus PPG1026-6. Use Afternoon Tea PPG1023-7 for any furniture and drapes.

  • Swirling Smoke PPG1007-2
  • Prairie Dust PPG1102-4
  • Hindu Lotus PPG1026-6
  • Afternoon Tea PPG1023-7
Classic Off-White

Classic Off-White

You can’t go wrong with using an off-white paint color like Toasted Almond PPG1097-3 in a hallway space for your main wall color. Not all white is cold, use Delicate White PPG1001-1 for trim and Cool Slate PPG1002-3 for furniture and decor. Use Chocolate Ripple PPG1078-7 for floors or any wood to bring warmth to the hallway.

  • Toasted Almond PPG1097-3
  • Delicate White PPG1001-1
  • Cool Slate PPG1002-3
  • Chocolate Ripple PPG1078-7
Classic Off-White

Use Our Color Visualizer

See colors from these collections on your very own walls by uploading a photo to our online visualizer and virtually painting your room!

Step 2

Choose the Right Product

Select from our premium PPG Pittsburgh Paints® products for a fresh look that will last, especially in high traffic areas like hallways that require a durable finish.

Regency<sup>®</sup> Paint + Primer in One Interior Latex Paint
  • Paint + Primer In One
  • Resists Stains
  • MPI® Approved

Regency®

Paint + Primer in One Interior Latex Paint

Our finest interior paint + primer in one with excellent durability that also repels stains.

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Wonder-Tones™ Interior Latex Paint
  • Durable Finish
  • High-Hiding Finish
  • Scrub-Resistant

Wonder-Tones™

Interior Latex Paint

Versatile, all-purpose interior paint with excellent coverage & application.

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Kilstain<sup>®</sup> WB Interior/Exterior Acrylic Latex Primer
  • Seals Many Stains
  • Excellent Coverage
  • MPI® Approved

Kilstain® WB

Interior/Exterior Primer

Exceptional multi-purpose primer with excellent adhesion and coverage that also seals stains.

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Step 3

Choose the Right Sheen

Eggshell is a great sheen for medium traffic hallways, while satin is best for highly trafficked areas, as it is the most scrubbable.

Flat

Flat

This sheen is not recommended for this project.

Eggshell

Eggshell

Areas with medium traffic, such as dining and living rooms, bedrooms and hallways are great candidates for eggshell’s rich, low-sheen finish.

Satin/Lo-Lustre

Satin/Lo-Lustre

Use easy-to-clean satin paint in high-traffic areas like family rooms, kids’ bedrooms, hallways and entry ways. 

Semi-Gloss

Semi-Gloss

Ideal for high-traffic areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways, as well as doors, cabinets, trim and molding, semi-gloss paint is the most scrubbable sheen.

Gloss

Gloss

This sheen is not recommended for this project.

Step 4

Choose The Right Paint Supplies For Your Project!

Select the right paint supplies to achieve a more professional result and finish your projects more quickly with little hassle. Our PPG dealers offer a wide variety of painting supplies to complete any project.

The Basics

The Basics

  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint Roller
  • Paint Roller tray
Other Items You May Need

Other Items You May Need

  • Caulking & caulking gun
  • Putty knife
  • Sanding paper
  • Masking tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Wiping rags
  • Poles
  • Step ladders

Step 5

Prepare for Painting

Select the right paint supplies to achieve a more professional result and finish your projects more quickly with little hassle. Our PPG dealers offer a wide variety of painting supplies to complete any project.

Prepare the Room

Prepare the Room

Remove pictures, and switch and outlet cover plates. Arrange drop cloths to protect flooring and any areas not to be painted.

Fix & Clean the Surface

Fix & Clean the Surface

Fill holes, imperfections and cracks with caulk or spackle. Use a damp cloth to remove any dirt or dust on walls and baseboards. For high-use hallways, you may need to use a mild detergent to remove any stains.

Tape off Areas

Tape off Areas

Tape off woodwork and other areas not to be painted at the time.

Prime the Surface

Prime the Surface

Be sure to prime any new or bare surfaces and problem areas. If you have chosen a color that is substantially lighter, you should prime.

Step 6

Begin Painting Your Hallway

Congratulations on making it this far! You’re ready to begin painting your hallway. Start painting from the top down, working from unpainted areas into wet, painted areas. Oil paints take longer to dry and allow you to brush across the surface several times for a smooth, even finish. Latex paints dry faster and only one or two strokes are needed. Please refer to the Product Label, TDS or MSDS for safety and detailed application instructions.

How to Paint A Hallway with a Brush

How to Paint A Hallway with a Brush

For best results with a brush, dip half the length of the bristles into your paint. Tap the brush gently against the side of the can, but do not wipe it across the lip. Hold the handle near the base, applying light pressure with your fingertips to make the bristles flex slightly.

How to Paint A Hallway with a Roller

How to Paint A Hallway with a Roller

For best results with a roller, slowly roll it back and forth in the lower end of your roller tray until it is well covered. Then use the ridges in the upper portion of the tray to remove excess paint. Roll on the paint using even strokes to ensure a uniform look and coverage.

Paint the Ceiling First

Paint the Ceiling First

Start with the ceiling first. Using a brush, paint a two-inch-wide strip on the ceiling where it meets the wall. Then, start in a corner and begin rolling across the short length of the ceiling, continuing to where it ends.

Painting the Walls

Painting the Walls

Tape off any woodwork, window frames, and door trim first. Paint a two-inch-wide strip along the areas near the trim with a brush. Then, using a roller, create the letter "M" on your wall. Fill in the area, rolling from left to right until the surface is completely painted. Remember to roll on the paint with even strokes to ensure a uniform coverage.