Most people don’t consider hallways to be a real room so they’re often not given proper attention when it comes to decorating in the way other rooms do. When you look at the floor plan, a hallway is like a pathway and a dead space but if you wish your house to feel like home, you need to give it more thought to make it inviting and pretty.
There are many different ways to achieve a homier look in your hallway that doesn’t only include a neutral paint colour and a few family photos. Decorating such a small and often narrow space can be challenging, but it’s a unique opportunity as well to make something original and warm and much more than just a transitional space within your home.
Play with colour and light
To avoid having a narrow, featureless hallway in your home, feel free to experiment with colours to creating something exciting. It’ll surely be the cheapest transformation that can also be changed or updated once you get tired of it. Choose a lively pattern and you’ll only need a few accessories such as a stylish chandelier, two chairs with velvet buttoned cushions and practical shelves to complete the look.
You might choose a bright orange colour in combination with white to uplift the space and create an instant wow factor or go with nature-inspired wallpaper with predominant shades of green to breathe in a fresh vibe. Another choice could be completely opposite and much bolder – going with dark colours. When carefully planned, this colour palette can work perfectly in a small space. For instance, white panelling at the bottom and deep petrol blue from the middle to the ceiling can feel very elegant yet welcoming and inviting. Continue the theme on the staircase as well by painting the treads the same blue shade and leaving the floor and sides white.
The best way to complement your colour scheme in the hallway is to choose the proper lighting. Illumination is important in a small space but why not think a bit outside the box and instead of choosing a traditional and plain light fixture, you give it a designer twist? Choose something that will stand out like lanterns, pendants, a decorative mount fixture, hand-blown glass fixture, a vintage chandelier or glass globes.
Decorate with rugs
Using runner rugs is an ideal way to add some more colour and texture to a narrow hallway. They often come in varying lengths and are super skinny and fit ideally in hallways where floors can get slippery.
If you’re looking to add more warmth to your hallway that may appear cold and barren consider using modern rugs by Miss Amara NZ that will add tones of colour, texture and cosiness to the space so it will be more in tune with the rest of your home.
Furniture is an option
It may seem at first that hallways aren’t particularly convenient for adding furniture but there are some great choices you can make so your hallway leaves a lasting impression on anyone who comes in.
Slim bookshelves that go all the way to the ceiling will make a great focal point and create a truly dramatic effect. You can fill the main shelves with your favourite books and use others to display your family photos, art pieces, heirlooms and travel souvenirs.
Another way to make your hallway seem more like a proper room and less like a dead-end corridor is by adding carefully chosen seating furniture. It’s easier if you have a wider hallway so you can put a long and narrow bench against one wall but for a typical tight hallway, a single person bench at its end is more practical. Placing it at the end opens up your corridor and creates a lovely focal point where you can also add a couple of more details such as a lamp, mirror, side table, basket and a plant to complete the design idea.
Bring the outside in
Your hallway can also be an extension of your outdoor space by introducing more natural and organic materials such as natural stone tiles, wooden details in furniture and accessories and plants. Greenery has a great transformational and uplifting power so use it abundantly – Ficus trees, parlour palms, spider plants, snake plants, succulents and philodendrons. These are all easy-to-care house plants but you might also choose faux plants.
Despite being small spaces, hallways can be tricky and limiting when it comes to decorating but if you can get out of the box of conventional thinking and give way to your imagination, with the help of these tips, you’ll be able to design a gorgeous hallway with a true wow factor!