The hallway might sometimes get overlooked in the decorating process, but don't discount it as just a pass-through. Your hallway can be an opportunity to show your personality, a place to let your kids be creative, or a big statement in the middle of your home.

striped hallway

Stripes are a bold -- but still classic -- way to dress up your hallway. Go with high-contrast colors for a loud look, or try two shades of the same color for a softer approach. Horizontal stripes naturally lead you down the hall visually, like this hallway from Abode Love, while vertical stripes can make an often small space appear taller and more grand. And yes, you can layer frames over the stripes. Add some favorite family photos or artwork, using frames similar in color to keep the wall from looking too busy.

2. Incorporate Chalkboard Paint

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Since hallways are often tucked out of plain view, they can be a fun spot to add some personal touches. Use your hallway as a revolving gallery of your kids' artwork or photos and let them get in on the decorating action by painting the lower half (or entire wall!) in chalkboard paint. Pro tip: If a blackboard feels too dark, chalkboard paint is available in a rainbow of colors.

3. Add a Dark Wall

painted hallway collage

Make your hallway feel like a special spot by choosing a focal wall to paint in a bold, dark color. Going dark at the end of the hall adds depth to a small space. And, it's the perfect backdrop to hang an oversize piece of artwork or gallery wall, like this gallery from Little House of Four.

4. Decorate the Ceiling

painted ceiling

The hallway walls aren't the only place you can add some pizzazz in this small area of your home. Draw the eye up (and make your ceilings look taller) by painting the ceiling in a fun color, pattern, or both. This ceiling project from Thou Swell was completed using adhesive stripes -- a smart shortcut and easy alternative to painting!

5. Stencil It with Spots

black and white spotted wall

Scared of pattern in other rooms of your home? A small hallway can be a fun place to experiment. Skip wallpaper and opt for a nonpermanent stencil solution, like this hallway makeover on SG Style. An easy trick for making a busy pattern feel less overwhelming is to paint the lower half of the wall in a solid color.

6. Grab a Permanent Marker


Feeling creative? Grab a permanent marker, such as a Sharpie pen, and go for it. This whimsical forest design was drawn the length of the hallway by the artistic homeowner from Crafty Little Gnome.

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Comments (1)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
August 17, 2018
Those dots are just plain UGLY. Looks like a Dalmatian blew-up!!!!