4 Tips for Decorating a Hallway
For most of us the hallway is the first point of entry in your home, and it’s also a great way to add visual impact and functionality. Gone are the days of sweeping staircases and expansive spaces with intricate flooring. If there was one thing that I heard frequently from past clients it’s “I’d really love to do something to this hallway.” Most of the time, I had to agree. It can be one of the most overlooked spaces, and usually people struggle with either making it into a “mud-room,” or at the very least a space that functions well.
Of course there are quite a few ways to turn your hallway into a place that’s not just another challenging space, and here are some of my favorites:
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1) Paint/Paper It - Hallways offer a great opportunity to do something really spectacular and dramatic. One of my “no fail/go-to” treatments is bold wallpaper.
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2) Add Mirrors - Not only do mirrors reflect light, but they also visually open up a space. Generally, hallways have an absence of windows, and mirrors give the illusion of airiness.
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3) Make it Functional - If you need your hallway to function as a mud-room, add some stylish hooks to the wall, and a bench with some colorful baskets underneath. Or even a hall-tree in a corner gives you a place to hang an extra jacket or two.
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4) Add a Rug - If you want to emphasize the length of a hallway or make it appear longer, add a runner. I love using bold patterns, and indoor/outdoor rugs which can withstand heavy traffic.