Homeowners spend the majority of their time and effort decorating their bedrooms and bathrooms, living room, dining area, and kitchen. The hallway is not often prioritized.
Most people think of their hallway as a necessary, but rather boring, part of their home. However, it’s the first space that your guests see as soon as they enter your front door.
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With a few simple changes, your hallway can become one of the most interesting and inviting spaces in your house. Here are five ways to get started.
Paint a Bright Color to Make It Stand Out
Add a pop of color or pattern to your hallway.
A brightly colored wall can make all the difference in your hallway, and give it an instant update. Don’t be afraid to go bold with this one!
If you’re not ready for something as far out there as an orange or deep green painted walls, try applying a coat of neutral paint followed by metallic accents to give it a luxurious and, more importantly, interesting detail.
Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box with your patterns, too! If you have any particularly fun or interesting wallpaper leftover from past projects, this is a great way to show it off in your hallway. It’s also an affordable choice! If you’re looking for something more modern but still unique, check out some of these cool patterns available on Etsy.
Hang Interesting Artworks and Mirrors on the Walls
Space out large pieces, so they don’t overwhelm the space. Try hanging different pieces at various heights, and hang several pieces next to each other to create a patterned look throughout the hallway.
Mirrors can really help open up a small space and make it seem bigger, which is why they’re such a great choice for hallways. Keep them organized in groups, and lean any tall pieces on the back of the door to utilize wall space if you need to.
You can also buy or print art that could go on the wall. If you’re into classic paintings, you can typically purchase prints of popular works of art from museums. If you want something that’s less conventional and cooler, seek out the works of local conceptual portrait photographers. Some conceptual artists have pieces available for purchase online, including options that are mounted on canvas so you can easily hang them up without any extra work.
Install a New Light Fixture or Chandelier
Lighting is incredibly important in any room, and the hallway typically doesn’t get much attention when it comes to this.
Sure, you might have a light switch on the wall and a couple of lamps sitting on your hall tables. But if you want an updated look and better lighting than what you’re currently working with, consider investing in a new lighting fixture.
An oversized chandelier is always an interesting choice and is the perfect addition to any hallway with high ceilings or ornate ceiling molding.
Add a Rug or Runner to Create a Cozy Feel
A hallway is a great place to introduce a fun rug or runner that contrasts with your home’s decor. Since everyone walks through this area, make sure it adds something to the overall look and feel of your space, not subtract from it.
An eclectic mix of patterns looks great, and it can be an interesting addition to the room. A runner makes walking in a space that people typically only use to head to other spaces within the house more special.
Place a Bench or Other Pieces of Furniture
People don’t typically spend a lot of time in their hallways, but there’s still value in adding a few pieces of furniture to the space. Even a minimal investment in one piece like a bench can make this area feel much more inviting.
This is also a great place to utilize those extra items you have sitting around your house that really don’t have a permanent home. Just be sure to keep it organized and cleaned out periodically so the space doesn’t look cluttered.
In addition, decorate the furniture, too. If you have a bench, add decorative pillows. If you have a drawer dresser, consider placing a vase with fresh flowers, indoor plants, or a vintage lamp to give it life.
There are many easy and affordable ways to make your hallway more interesting. By adding a few pieces of furniture, some art, and changing the light fixture, you can create an inviting space that reflects your personal style.