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Before and After: A Blank Hallway Goes from Clutter Central to Enchanted Forest

published Feb 1, 2020
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Un-designated zones can quickly become a catchall for clutter, which makes it hard to want to spend much time on decor. Take Birgitte De Paepe’s corridor, located between her home’s living room and bedrooms, which was a dim white with not too much else going on (aside from lots of stuff). “The corridor was an undecorated boring part of the house only serving as an access from living room to bedrooms and as a storage for all kind of furniture and clothes,” Birgitte says. “This 6-square-meter, totally useless space really made me feel unhappy each time I passed through.”

With the rest of the house decorated in a gorgeous, boho style, “the corridor felt like a wart in the middle of a face,” Birgitte says. So when she stumbled on a jungle mural on Instagram, that gave her the inspiration for a revamp. “The idea of a self-adhesive mural came as a magical solution,” Brigitte says. “It’s a strong decor impact, removable if it turned out to be not my jam, and easy to install without any special skills.”

Once the mural went up, the rest fell into place. The rest of her home is filled with plants, so Birgitte added them here, too, in pots on the floor and on a slim shelf above the door. Paired with the wall, they make the space feel a like a magical jungle escape. “I love the extra dimension the paper gives the corridor, and the real plants hanging just in front give it even more depth,” Birgitte says. “I would have done it earlier if I had known it would give such a huge impact!”

Add in a rocking chair, rattan mirrors, and a seagrass rug, and it’s 100 percent boho vibes in here. If this leaves you eyeing your empty hallway and thinking about a redo, Birgitte has some words of wisdom: “Don’t be afraid to use colors or to go for ‘more is more’ as a corridor is just a place where you pass,” she says. “Be brave, be crazy, be unconventional, create fantasy, and listen to your heart!”

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