When you first moved into your home or apartment, you probably didn’t give much thought to decorating the hallway. It is, after all, merely a way to get from one room to the other, and it doesn’t scream “accessorize me!” much, in the same way, as blank walls.
But now that you’ve lived in your place for a while, you realize that this space is an untapped area begging for new décor. And, as a bonus, since hallways are inherently small and narrow, you won’t need a lot of time or money to fancy it up a bit.
To get you started on giving your hallway a whole new look, consider the following ideas:
1. Hang a Mirror or Two on Your Walls
For hallways that are extra small and/or dark and dingy, consider adding at least one mirror. Indeed, doing so will instantly brighten up your hallway, while also helping it appear larger than it actually is. Other ways to add light to this space include a table lamp placed on a narrow end table. For instance, a Tiffany-style lamp or one that’s sleek and modern could do the trick, as would hanging sconces on the walls.
2. Create a Gallery of Artwork
Another fun way to transform your blah hallway into something beautiful is by turning it into a miniature art gallery. Depending on your style, there are several ways to go about this. For instance, if you’re a parent of kiddos who love to draw, turn those bare hallway walls into a place to frame and hang their beautiful masterpieces, switching out the older watercolors for new crayon drawings as needed.
Conversely, you could download 30 of your favorite photos from your smartphone and use them to create photo art shaped like a heart. From there, you could use this gorgeous piece as the focal point of the hallway and surround it with other photos of your friends and family. Another idea is to add narrow floating shelves, top them with small sculptures, and then hang some lovely, museum-quality oil or acrylic paintings on either side.
3. Plaster on Some New Wallpaper
Maybe you’ve always wanted to wallpaper a room in your home but had cold feet about committing such a large space to a particular pattern or design. However, experts will tell you that hallways are ideal for wallpaper treatment. Because these spaces are typically small, you can create a big impact with a bold geographic paper or something with a jungle print. Of course, you can also go with a neutral color and pattern. The point is, you won’t have to commit to wallpapering four different walls, and if you opt for removable wallpaper, you can always change out the pattern on a whim.
4. Add Some Shiplap or Reclaimed Wood
Why stick with ho-hum painted drywall when you can up the décor ante significantly with shiplap or reclaimed wood? For homes that already have a farmhouse vibe or rustic look, either of these choices would make total sense. But, since it’s a small space, it’s also okay to give it a unique look. Since you don’t want to completely cover such great-looking walls, consider adding a pendant light or two, a few photos, or a vintage table with a vase of silk flowers.
Have Fun with Your Hallway
Hallways are much more than a way to get from one room to another. They’re also blank canvases of the interior decorating world, waiting for you to add your own stylish touches. Whether you opt for mirrors, photos, wallpaper, or a whole new type of finish for the walls, adding design elements to a neutral hallway can be an enjoyable experience to help breathe new life into your home.