Hallways are notoriously tricky to decorate. More often than not, hallways are narrow spaces that lack lighting, making them seem drab and gloomy. But there’s no reason you can’t give your hallway the same attention you give to the rest of your home. After all, the hallway can set the mood and tone for your entire house–so why not show it some love? If you’re ready to breathe new life into your hallway, here are 8 ways you can liven it up.
1. A colorful rug. A colorful rug can give your hallway instant style–and both pattern and length can make a real difference. For example, a rug with horizontal stripes can give the illusion of width to a narrow hallway. Want dramatic impact? Go for the longest rug you can find that fits the space–or try sewing several of the same rugs together to get it the length you need.
2. Pendant lighting. Due to the lack of natural light, artificial lighting is often necessary. Instead of the standard surface-mounted lights, go for something more stylish–like hanging pendants. For something ultra-glam, consider hanging a chandelier.
3. Mirrors. A strategically placed mirror can do wonders to liven (and brighten) up a hallway. For the best effect, position the mirror to reflect the natural light, as well as another key feature in the space, such as a cool piece of art.
4. An eye-catching gallery. Hallways provide you with some extra space to display art or photos you can’t necessarily display throughout the home. Consider hanging a row of family photos and art the full length of the hallway for visual interest. For a graphic and bold look, go for identical frames and matting. For something warmer and welcoming, opt for an eclectic mix of frames in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.
5. Cabinetry or bookcases. If space allows, use your hallway for extra storage. Built in cabinets or shelves can break up the length of the hallway in a very functional way.
6. Murals or wallpaper. Want to add a pop of the unexpected in your home? Consider a fun, patterned wallpaper or a floor-to-ceiling mural. Both are unique ways to bring color and style to a hallway. Want something a little less permanent? Consider doing a feature wall with fabric.
7. Wainscoting. Wainscoting works with several design styles. Not only is it a great decorative design element, it can also protect the lower portions of your drywall, which often get beat up from heavy traffic.
8. Fantastic flooring. A great way to jazz up the hallway is to lay down some fantastic flooring. If your hallway is dark, opt for something light. If you want to make a statement, go with something like tile and create a pattern. Even encaustic tiles could work, especially if your home has a rich history.