Practical hallways connect the spaces in your home, but they're also a canvas ready for decorating. Use these tips to create a hallway that's decorated as well as the rest of your home.
Turn a vacant hallway space into a place to stop and take notice. Transform a blank wall into a family gallery. Before you hang anything, trace the shape of your frames onto kraft paper, and tape the shapes to the wall to plan your arrangement until you're satisfied with the look. Complete the look with other cozy elements to add interest to your passageway. Incorporate a bench, paisley runner, and pretty throw pillows to create a welcoming vignette. Or use a narrow table or bookcase to display a family collection, fresh flowers, or an assortment of pretty candles, knickknacks, and dishware. When decorating a hallway, keep safety in mind. Use rubber grippers under rugs, and choose narrow furniture that won't impede traffic.
Hallway decorating doesn't need to be complex to be impactful. A few simple accessories and furniture pieces can create a gorgeous transitional space. In this front hallway, a half-circle table anchors two pieces of art on the wall. The arrangement creates a unified vignette, giving passersby a reason to pause. If you have a floor you'd like to show off but are wary of wear and tear, consider a narrow runner. It protects the main walkway, while still keeping the floor on display.
Hallways physically connect spaces. Complete the connection with a visual tie between spaces through the buffer of a hallway. Decorate the hallway with a color from one space, which then carries that color into the connected spaces beyond. Here, a gallery of green-frame photos carries the preppy Kelly green of the downstairs space into the home's upper quarters.
Decorate your hallway walls with an unexpected burst of color. These narrow, and usually confined, spaces can pull off bold hues without being overwhelming. It's the perfect excuse to use a favorite color that would be too much in a larger space. Use accessories in coordinating colors, as if you were decorating a room instead of a hallway.
Like vibrant colors, punchy patterns also work well in a hallway. Achieve the look with a pretty wallpaper or stenciled paint pattern. For a longer hallway, try a large-scale pattern. A tiny pattern may be too busy in a long, narrow space. To create a less dramatic look, opt for a tone-on-tone pattern. Finish the space with a coordinating seating vignette and narrow shelves for photos, accessories, artwork, or collectibles.
Display a few prized pieces of artwork in your hallway or in a stairway landing. The decorating effect will be striking. Consider the size of your space when deciding what pieces to hang. A lofty, open stairway can support several large canvases, while a narrow, less open space is more conducive to a mix of small- to medium-size pieces.