When you are renovating a new house (or just trying to refresh an existing space), it’s really easy to forget about one important space – the hallway! Now, you may be thinking that you wouldn’t exactly call your hallway “important”, but if it’s the central walkway that connects all your most used rooms like in my house, you may go through that space more than any other in a given day. So it’s a place you’ll actually spend a lot of time. I had been so focused on getting the rest of the rooms of my house put together, that I totally neglected the hallway. Partnering with our friends at Canon USA, I decided to update this space and give it some love and personality. Here are some simple tips that anyone can follow to bring life to your “boring” hallway as well!
You can see why I wasn’t impressed with the original hallway scheme. Definitely needed to kick it up a few notches to freshen it up a bit!
1. Photos, photos, photos! Hallways are the classic spot for treasured family photos for a good reason. Since it’s such a heavily traveled area, it’s a great place to be reminded of your loved ones (and furry loved ones too!) each time you pass through. A simple row of photos or a staggered gallery wall are great options depending on the size space you are wanting to fill. The PIXMA iP8720 is perfect for this type of project because you can print large photos to fill the wall and the image quality is amazing. I also always like to put up paper mock ups of the frames so I can easily determine placement and frame size before hammering in any nails.
2. Stay away from the dark side. Since most hallways already have a tendency to feel small and dark, use a light wall color to make the space feel as open and airy as possible. I just used an untinted white interior paint for my hallway, and it’s amazing what a difference it made even though the previous color wasn’t that dark of a shade. The light color will allow what sunlight does get into the hallway to bounce around more, making the space seem as bright as possible.
3. Go for a runner. Adding a runner to your hallway will go a long way in making it look like a thought-out, finished space (I used this rug for mine). Depending on how long your hallway is, you may need to add two rugs together to make a long enough one, or you can use several smaller sizes for a mismatched look. I also did a dark floor stain in my house to contrast with the white walls and a lighter rug helps keep the space bright as well.
4. Switch out your light. You probably don’t remember any of the lights from hallways you’ve been in, so why not switch out your boring “don’t notice me” light for something that’s worth looking at! A decorative light will add some flair and personality to your space, and it’s another way to show that you pay careful attention to detail. This little beauty is from Lucent Lightshop and is the perfect choice for a small entryway or hallway area – so pretty!
5. Add some green. Plants add a “living” element to spaces because, well, because they are alive! If you ever feel like a space looks good but is missing something, add some plants, and I bet your problem will be solved. Depending on your set up, you may want to have a planter on the floor or in the corner, add some hanging plants to a wall, or if you have a classic mid century home like me, use the old telephone nook as your planter ledge! Love that little tabletop planter too…
So as you can see, following those simple rules made a giant difference in my hallway makeover. I never noticed anything when walking though the hallway before, but now I like to admire all the cute touches as I pass through the space. I also like that I can see the hallway photos from the different rooms that connect to the hallway. Hope you found some good ideas to transform your boring hallway in your space. I think you’ll be so glad you did! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman.