Banish the Boring: 7 Ways to Make Your Hallway Awesome

Banish the Boring: 7 Ways to Make Your Hallway Awesome

Adrienne Breaux
Mar 9, 2012

The hallway: your main mode of getting from your public spots to your private spaces. A heavy spot for transportation, and usually little else. Wherever your hallway takes you, don't design neglect it; this is prime space that can be spiced up, made functional and perfect for doing something a little wilder than you might try somewhere else. (We've got ideas for renters in here, too!)

Paint your doors and trim We spotted an image on Pinterest last week and fell so in love with the idea. Even if you don't do anything else, imagine what an impact a bright color treatment like that would have on a hallway!

Fun light fixtures Why waste a good light fixture on a hallway? Well, an amazing light fixture will look even cooler in a small compact space like a hallway. Renter's solution: if you don't want to have to hire an electrician and spend money, why not just hang cool vintage lights or an array of paper lanterns? Unless you use your hallway light a lot this would create a pretty awesome effect.

Runners You can often afford a rug print or pattern you love a little easier when it comes to hallways since runners tend to be smaller and a little better priced. Just make sure it's a pattern or material that will handle a lot of traffic.

Art you don't know where else to put If your art collection has gotten too full and you've run out of wall space or you have a lot of art you love that doesn't fit with any room design schemes, make your hallway into a colorful an interesting art collage.

One-of-a-kind mirror Reflect light, expand a dark hallway and give yourself a place to check your appearance before you greet guests!

Hooks/floating shelves Make your hallway work for you! Add some hooks for coats, hats and leashes. Add some floating shelves at varying heights for both art display and functional storage for keys or mail.

Try a paint pattern/wallpaper If you've got a big enough budget, your own home (or an understanding landlord) and the desire, add some wallpaper for a fabulous, compact space. Or consider a paint pattern that you can DIY.

Design Inspiration for the Long Hall
Katie & Matt's Magic Marker Forest Hall
Setting up Home: Hallway as Gallery
Elements Inspiring a Hallway Transformation
Before & After: A Dark Hallway Comes into the Light
Another Entryway/Hallway

(Images: As credited in the gallery captions.)

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