The hallways that connect living spaces to sleeping spaces to the exterior of a home are just as important as bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens. Whether you’re working with a short hallway, a hallway with a sharp turn, a spacious hallway or one that’s a tight squeeze, you can make it feel just as special as the rest of your home.
Make your hallways come alive with these inspirations we gather below.
CREATE A GALLERY WALL
Some may see a blank corridor, but we see a gallery just waiting to happen. Hanging family portraits, photos, and artwork is a simple solution to give your pathway a personal touch.
If your hallway could use a pick-me-up, add a colorful rug for instant style. The geometric shape on this rug help a narrow hallway looks stylish. The long rug, which extends from one end of the hallway to the other, has a dramatic impact.
VINTAGE WALLPAPER FOR A PERIOD FEEL
Vintage-inspired wallpapers are a timeless addition to a period hallway, particularly where natural light is in abundance. Perhaps surprisingly, intricate repeat-patterns can lead to a slightly more subtle finish than a larger print.
Hallway wainscoting is a great decorative design element, but it also helps protect drywall from scrapes, bumps and marks. Traditionally, wainscoting was installed in transitional spaces like this, to protect active rooms from heavy traffic.
A floor-to-ceiling map installation can transform an awkward hallway into an educational opportunity. Don’t like the look? Wall decals and murals come in all sorts of customization options, and they’re often more affordable than wallpaper.
Some avid readers can never have enough room for books. Extend a library out to the hallway to create extra display space for beloved books. Whether built-in or purchased, bookcases can add a functional and aesthetic element to wider hallways.
If the priority for your space is maximizing functional hallway storage solutions, find options that are visually appealing as well as practical.
STRIKING HALLWAY LIGHTING
If you’re blessed with high ceilings, create a striking focal point and add height to a room with stand-out hallway light fittings. If your style is more traditional, consider opting for a glass chandelier.
For those who love the gallery look but don’t know what to put in their frames, a hall of mirrors can be the perfect solution. An installation like this can highlight a great collection of frames.
Take advantage of a wider hallway and build in some custom cabinetry for extra storage and display space. The cabinet in this photo serves as a display shelf.
Just because the hall isn’t a “room” in the traditional sense, doesn’t mean it should be neglected. You want to create a space that speaks to your design sensibility, while being functional and welcoming. Sounds like a tall order, but with a little ingenuity, you can create a pretty pathway with plenty of personality.