10 Ways to Jazz Up a Boring Hallway

10 Ways to Jazz Up a Boring Hallway

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Nancy Mitchell
Nov 5, 2014
A Nashville home from Style Blueprint.
(Image credit: Style Blueprint)

Long ago, we humans invented the hallway as a clever way to get from one side of the house to the other without having to walk through every single room. They're quite useful, but oftentimes not particularly exciting — long, narrow, windowless spaces sandwiched in the middle of a home. And they can be tricky to decorate, since often there's just not much space. If your hallway is suffering from a case of the blahs, here are ten things you can do to give it a little life.

1. Add a really lovely long, narrow rug.

2. Hang an interesting painting at the end of the hallway for a focal point.

From Lonny.
(Image credit: Lonny)

3. Create a gallery wall on one (or both!) walls.

(Image credit: Desire to Inspire)

4. Hang one or two pieces of oversized art. (Bonus points for painting the entire thing white to make the art really pop.)

From Lonny.
(Image credit: Lonny)

5. Cover the walls with a really fantastic wallpaper.

A charming swedish home from Stadshem.
(Image credit: Stadshem)

6. Use picture ledges to create a display of art at one end of the hallway.

A Spanish home from Nuevo Estilo.
(Image credit: Nuevo Estilo)

7. Or run a picture ledge down the entire length of the hall.

8. Paint the ceiling.

Books in the hallway of an oceanfront cottage from HomeBunch.
(Image credit: Trent Bell via Homebunch)

9. If you have the room, line the walls with bookcases (or wall mounted shelves).

The hallway of a Paris apartment by Luis Laplace.
(Image credit: Luis Laplace)

10. Your hallway probably doesn't look like the hallway of this stunning Paris apartment - but it could (or a close approximation, anyway). Use cornices and moldings to add some architectural interest to your hallway, and you'll never think of it as boring ever again.

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