15 Ideas for Hallway Decorating
We often pass over halls in favor of decorating rooms, seeing them as a utilitarian part of the home: get me from here to there, hallway! But a nicely decorated hallway, like a great pair of boots, is the finishing touch that pulls an entire home (or outfit) together and really makes it sing. Most of us don't have wide hallways with lots of natural lighting that we see in magazines or on Pinterest, but even a narrow hallway can look great with some love and decor! Here are some of our favorite ways to decorate a hallway. (See more on my Hallways board on Pinterest.)
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I'm sure you've heard it before — paint is the cheapest way to update a space with the biggest impact. This is true from the largest ballroom down to the narrowest hallway. Paint the hall a light color to help it feel wider and brighter, especially if you lack natural light. I always favor a nice thick carved molding in a crisp white to help emphasize the architectural elements of the doorways (and windows), but whatever style and color of trim you prefer will have the same effect.
If you want a little more *pop* from your paint, try one of the 100 interior painting ideas we've collected, or one of these hallway ideas (click to see the image in the slideshow):
Paint the Door by House to Home
Stencil a Fun Design in the Hall by Domestic Inspiration
Make a Statement with a Tone-On-Tone Stencil by All Precious and Pleasant
Give the Illusion of Wainscoting with a Crisp Top-and-Bottom Two-Tone Paint Job by French By Design
Painted Stripes and Chevron Hallway by Vintage Rivals
Add Architectural Interest
A great way to add character and interest to your hallway (or stairway) without adding the bulk of a shelf or wall hanging is to install wainscoting. We are big fans of wall treatments! Check out our round-up of more than 25 different styles of wainscoting to find a style you love. And if wainscoting is more than you want to take on, try adding a simple (faux) archway using premade wood corbels.
Board and Batten Hall by Home By Heidi
Hallway Architectural Corbels and Light by Home Stories A to Z
Design An Art Gallery
A hall can be a great place to display a personal collection of art and photos that is meaningful to your family. You are the ones who will see it most often, but guests will appreciate the personal touch, too. You can use photos, art pieces you love, or DIY art! Try one of these styles for displaying your collection:
Hall of Large Art or Maps by NY Times via The Doodle House
Hallway Family Gallery Photo Ledge by Made In Heaven
Horizontal Line Gallery of Frames by Martha Stewart
Make It Functional
Especially if your hall is near an entryway, you might appreciate adding some utility to the hall, such as a mudroom, drop zone, or command center. Even something as simple as a few coat hooks can make a world of difference!
Hallway Family Command Center by Positively Splendid
Hall Into Organized Mudroom with Bench by Honey We're Home featured on Remodelaholic
Look Up, Look Down, Look Around
Never forget the power of a great rug or a great light fixture! A nice hall runner will draw attention to the floor and emphasize the length of the hall. A beautiful light fixture will draw attention up, in addition to adding some extra illumination to the hall. And an end table or console table lets you add homey touches like vases and books.
Carpet Square Zig-Zag Hall Runner by Flor
Yellow Hallway Runner with End Table by The Creativity Exchange
Console Table in the Hall by Ana Antunes Home Styling
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