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These Are the 15 Smartest Hallway Decorating Ideas We’ve Ever Seen


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To help realize your hallway’s potential, here are the smartest hallway decorating ideas ever. You’re bound to find an idea here that can work for your space.

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Make a statement with mirrors

Want to fake your way to a more spacious hallway? All you need is a reflective surface. It will make your space feel lighter and larger. 

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Repeat your light fixtures

If you want to give a slim entry some pizazz, choose your light fixtures with care. A sconce can give your place plenty of personality. 

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Style with shiplap

“Adding shiplap to the walls is a cool way to make the hallway feel like an extension of the design of the house,” says designer Michelle Gerson.

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Pick out a pendant

Wow visitors by adding a single statement pendant to your foyer, like this rattan pendant that lends a cool, coastal edge.

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Add accessories

If you have a few extra hats and bags, borrow some “style” from your closet by hanging a few pieces in your entry. It will add some texture to your walls!

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Wow with wallpaper

Whether it's a bold look or a subtle design, “wallpaper is a great way to add big impact in a small space such without overwhelming it." — Elizabeth Rees

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Keep your console clear

“This will allow light to pass through and keep your hallway feeling open and accessible while still giving you a spot to drop keys." — Alessandra Wood

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Get a gallery wall

Turn your unassuming hall into a museum-worthy masterpiece by creating a gallery wall. It’s a fun way to set the tone when you enter.

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Round up some rugs

Give your hallway appeal underfoot with a great rug. Varying patterns can offer visual interest, but a similar color palette will keep it cohesive.

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Prioritize pops of color

“Painting the ceiling is a fun way to add dimension into a hallway,” says designer Ginny Macdonald. “It will draw the eye up and elongate the space.” 

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Try the tonal treatment

Turn up the volume on a small hallway with your favorite, energetic hue applied everywhere but the floor. 

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Layer in a storage ladder

If the mere thought of drilling holes into your wall makes you nervous, lean a ladder-like shelving unit against your wall instead. 

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Style out a shelfie

Have a hallway with charming nooks or niches? Put those built-ins to good use by creating a shelfie brimming with personality. 

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Fill it with foliage

“Plant Doctor” Hilton Carter’s abode features over 200 plants—including a hallway with a propagation wall. Embrace your green thumb and try it, too!

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Embrace an accent wall

Adding an accent wall might one of the oldest tricks in the design book; however, it’s a still a solid way to spruce up your hallway or entryway.