LA Good Question: What To Do With A Really Long Hall?

LA Good Question: What To Do With A Really Long Hall?

Laure Joliet
Jul 9, 2008

"Hi AT--
My 35ft long hallway running from our front room, past the home office, all the way back to the bedroom has us perplexed. Hall is too narrow to hang any artwork of size, as it would never be seen from any further back than 18 inches or so. The only lighting options we have are the two fixtures at either end, currently treated with 9" frosted glass spheres. We recently treated the walls to a couple coats of the VOC free Home Depot "tomorrow's daybreak", which is a slightly pinkish white to my eye..."

"The only treatment we can muster is 5 or so clusters of small black frames with pictures or artist postcards, but I am hoping for something a little less ripped off from my friend's house.Any Ideas?"

Wow, we thought we had it bad with

but yours must be twice as long as ours was. Here it is in a state we felt pretty good about:

But when we were tackling ours we tried to do 2 things: break up the length of the hall by adding things that would focus the eye in different places and add as much light and dimension as possible.

These mirrors would help break up how long the hall feels and might even bounce some light around. Don't be afraid to go bigger with artwork or clusters, it will bring the eye to something other than the end of the hall. And try to get some lighting throughout the hall so it doesn't feel so much like a tunnel. We always had a secret fantasy about putting up a whole row of these oversized lights all the way down the hall to add a little playfulness to the space.

Good luck! Readers, whadya say?

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