Hallways may seem like ordinary pass-through spaces that don’t require a second thought, but with a little attention, these spaces can take on a personality all their own. Whether it’s adding a gallery family photos or calling up your carpenter to install shelving, a few small changes can transform your hallway. Here are 12 ideas to get you started.
A vignette. Perhaps you already have a console or small chest of drawers in your hallway. What’s gracing its surface? If it’s looking a little dull, collect a few items of interest and arrange them as a vignette. Hallway strollers will certainly take note of such an enticing display.
Wallpaper. Hallways can really be a space to have a little fun. Have you been dying to try out a new wallpaper? Make its debut in the hallway. This patterned paper gives this hallway a contemporary, playful vibe.
Create a focal point at the end of the hallway. This works particularly well for hallways that are fairly long: a focal point at the end of the hallway will offer a destination point and distract from the length.
Stripes. Go for horizontal stripes if you want the hallway to feel longer, or vertical if you want to detract from the length.
Fresh paint. A simple paint job will surely add a breath of fresh air to your hallway. Consider an accent color for an unexpected twist.
Create a gallery wall. Hallways are a great place to hang all your favorite family photos or works of art. There’s no need to be technical about it: hang them in different arrangements so it doesn’t appear so staged. This hall features layers of frames for a unique touch.
Floor covering. Runners provide texture and, if you so desire, a burst of color. And they help reduce noise level of those walking up and down the hall.
Wall cabinet. If you have the room and are open to some construction, consider adding built-in cabinetry. Extra storage is always a plus, and the surface offers additional display area.
Shelves. Populate the shelves with books, knickknacks, artwork and other conversation starters. You and your visitors will love lingering in your hallway.
Accent lighting. You obviously want to be able to see where you’re going, but if you also have artwork on the walls, accent lighting will focus attention on the pieces along the way.
Fun form. When you fill your hallway with these playful Random Lights, you don’t need anything else. These bubbles offer plenty of light, mixing function with a chic aesthetic.