Turn a hallway into a functional and style-packed space with these tips from blogger Jen of City Farmhouse.

August 14, 2016

A small, narrow hallway doesn't have to just be a bland pathway to your home's living areas. These ideas will help you give it some character of its own. Learn how to trick the eye into thinking a hallway is longer, wider, or taller than it really is, plus find ways to decorate the space and give it more function.

A Place to Hang Your Hat

When Jen of City Farmhouse went to decorate her small hallway, she decided to play up its size with painted horizontal stripes running the length of the space. She made it practical with a DIY clothes rack fashioned from a piece of driftwood and several knobs from a hardware store. Above the rack is a hand-painted inspirational quote to greet her first thing in the morning.

Let's Chalk About It

Another way to take advantage of a hallway's length is to run a strip of dry-erase board or a chalkboard along the wall for family members to write messages. You don't even have to hang anything if you don't want to—chalkboard paint makes the job easy. Sliding barn doors are a useful solution in tight halls, since the door won't block floor space when open.

Be Consoled

If the idea of squeezing furniture into a small hallway has you skeptical, try a narrow console table. It provides extra storage and a landing spot for a few daily essentials like keys and wallets. Keep any accent pieces simple, like this vase, so it doesn't feel too crowded.

Vertical Visions

Draw the eye to the sky with pattern or even a painted ceiling. Choose a wallpaper with a vertically inclined pattern if you want your ceilings to appear taller. Painting the hallway ceiling a bold color also works to instantly draw attention upward. If you choose to frame photos or art against a patterned wall, be sure to choose neutral, matching frames so they don't clash with the pattern.

Comments (2)

November 14, 2018
I never thought of closing off an upper stairway, but it's a GREAT idea for energy efficiency if the upstairs space isn't used regularly. Doors on basement doors are the norm. Why not doors for second or third floors?! Hello energy savings!
September 29, 2018
The hallway shown here is actually quite large, compared to the one in my apartment: walls are 99" floor is 53"X41". There are entries to 3 rooms a linen closet a fuse box and heater vents. If you can show me a way to add storage and/or decor, you will be my hero for life! Happy Fall!!raf