First Impressions – Flooring for The Hallway

First Impressions – Flooring for The Hallway

The hallway plays a big part in the overall look of your home and is often taken for granted. When we think of redecorating, we get excited about the living room, bedroom and kitchen but often the hallway is one of those forgotten rooms. It’s actually one of the most important places in the home with it being the first room you step foot in and giving that all important first impression.


With any big purchase, there’s no point unless we love the way it looks. A flooring can make or break a room, so it’s important to get it right! It’s also very disruptive and expensive to change, so you’ll need to make sure that you’re going to like it in five years’ time. As we’ve said previously, the hallway is the perfect opportunity to give fantastic first impression. If you’re really wanting to show off with a striking impression, then solid wood in a herringbone arrangement will certainly do the trick. It’s known for really giving the wow factor to your guests and works well in an open space like the hallway.

Although solid wood is a very desirable option, a lot of us are put off by its price tag. If you’re looking to get the luxurious look of real wood but at a cheaper price and easier maintenance, then Luxury Vinyl Tiles and laminate come in very realistic impressions of natural products.

DurabilityPainswick Silky Oak 80 x 300 x 10/3mm

Since everyone who enters and leaves your home has to go through the hallway, it does experience a lot of footfall, probably the highest in the home. With this being said, something that will withstand high foot fall while still looking good as the day it was bought is ideal. Of course, wood flooring comes out on top again, offering unbeatable durability and will last a generation and is likely to outlive even the person who laid it! Therefore, not only does wood present a beautiful plush look for your hallway but will last a lifetime too.

Laminate and LVT are known to be very durable and will last a substantial amount of time, but it’s likely you’ll need to replace it a lot sooner than wood. So even though wood’s original price tag is a lot higher than these flooring options, it can often end up paying for its self with its longevity.


The hallway is somewhere a lot of dirt from the outside gather and get a lot of shoes wiped on it. In terms of maintenance, laminate and LVT are much easier to keep clean than wood flooring with them being resistant to scratches, stains and water. Wood on the other hand is susceptible to scratches and stains and is no good when it comes into contact with too much water, as it causes it to warp and swell.

However, there is one quality that wood has that makes it superior to its competitors. You can sand down and refinish wood a number of times depending on its thickness or wear layer. This will eradicate any stains, scratches and general wear and tear. This should not normally need to be done for the first 15-20 years, so you can only imagine how long these beautiful floors can last and with an area like the hallway!

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The image features our: Painswick Silky Oak (HE6001).

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