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.
3. Create a gallery wall on one (or both!) walls.
4. Hang one or two pieces of oversized art. (Bonus points for painting the entire thing white to make the art really pop.)
5. Cover the walls with a really fantastic wallpaper.
6. Use picture ledges to create a display of art at one end of the hallway.
7. Or run a picture ledge down the entire length of the hall.
8. Paint the ceiling.
9. If you have the room, line the walls with bookcases (or wall mounted shelves).
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.