Tuesday, November 29, 2011

{10 ideas for your hallway}

The hallway is an often forgotten space, a place where people just rush by without paying attention to their surroundings. Why not take this unused space and create something special and memorable? Here are 10 ideas to do just that ...


Placing wainscotting on the lower half of the walls will break up the long space and create interest. And isn't that grasscloth perfect for adding texture to the above portion?

Don't have the time/money to spend on panelling? In a simple weekend project you could place a strip of chair rail and paint the lower half a contrasting color {huge impact for next to nothing!}:



Repeating the same fixture along the length of the hallway will bring your eyes up, and hanging them down into the space {if height allows} will also break up the space.


What can I say ... now that's a bold statement!



Arches add such fabulous architectural detail, but for those of us who are not in the building stage per se, I've seen this look accomplished using corbels. What a great idea!



Why not stop and rest a while? Also a perfect spot to perch and put on shoes!


If you are blessed to have such large & bright windows in a hallway, adding dramatic drapes emphasizes the height and frames the windows perfectly!



I'd personally love to sport this look in a future home one day, a library within the hallway!



A gallery wall, or any special pieces of artwork for that matter, will be sure to stop guests in their tracks.


A rug will add pattern, carry your eye through the space, soften it & make it cozy!


If there's no space for furniture, but enough for a small vignette, how about a floating shelf? It is less heavy visually and won't appear to take up space.

Have you employed any of these ideas in your own home? Did I miss any that you love? I'd love to hear. I've repeated sconces down my own hall, which is too skinny for furniture ... but I'd love to also add wainscotting in the future!

28 comments:

Anna Mae @ InteriorCravings said...

number 5 "a spot to sit on" is my favorite hallway of all-time, the color, the floor, the drapery, the nook, it's just perfect! great post!

The Sister Sophisticate said...

I wish I had 10 hallways to do for each idea..I don't even have one! Great pointers, my fave is the repeated light fixture!

Karlita said...

great post! this makes me want to have a hallway! would fill it with drapes and art...

lisaroyhandbags said...

great examples! I've never had a hallway with a window or wide enough for a piece of furniture so I've had to punch it up with art and gallery walls. I think next time I'll do the panelling thing since it really helps break up that narrow feeling :)

Tobe | Because It's Awesome said...

lovelovelove - that first one had me at hello, but they're all such gorgeous examples! great round-up!

Hannah said...

I wish I had a hallway so bad! I would definitely do either wallpaper or paint in big horizontal stripes!

Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

Marisa said...

Numbers 2, 5 and 7 are my favorites!!Great images!!

MartinaNess said...

Such lovely ideas! Thanks for inspiration, Nancy!;-)

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Vintage Home said...

Amazing inspiration....you are always my go to for great ideas and wonderful eye candy!
Thanks for doing the leg work!

Lauren said...

I love the archways, the runner and the repeated light fixtures. All three of those would work perfectly in my entry since it's a narrow space!

Myers Maison

Gild and Grace said...

These are all lovely nancy though I am particularly partial to an archway!

Abbey x

Michelle ~ Make Life Pretty said...

I love the chair rail and paint idea! My hallways are pretty narrow, and most of those (gorgeous) ideas wouldn't work for me, but I can definitely do paint!

Amelia @ House Pretty said...

These hallways are all gorgeous! I especially love the ones with books. In my dream house someday :)

emily@boxwoodclippings.com said...

I'm dying over arches and herringbone floors, doesn't get any better. Reminds me of my primary school that was built in 1900!

Sheila @SZInteriors said...

So may great ideas... which one to choose ;-)

I'm actually loving the wire lamp in the last picture just off the end of the hallway!

Laura Trevey said...

My favorite is "a spot to sit" - love it!!

Vanessa@decor happy said...

I just pinned a few of these - gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration and tips!

Lisa said...

What a great bunch of ideas! Fabulous post Nancy!

Gabrielle | Savvy Home said...

Brilliant post! Yes yes yes! I just want to get to my next house already and do them all at once! Ok maybe not all… but a few: panelling, grasscloth, repeated pendants, archways, seating, gallery walls, a runner, and maybe books… too much?

Beatrice @ becado.blogspot.com said...

LOVE the post. I think the ideas are brilliant. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I have the repeated pendants in our place. I guess I did one thing right. Have a good one.

Rosa @ FlutterFlutter said...

No.5... I want those drapes. And I'd take the cushions too! ;) Beautiful.

Edins House said...

Terrific hallways, Nancy! I can't wait until our basement is done (argh!!) so that I have a hallway to design and decorate!! I have plans! haha!!
Victoria

Allison Egan said...

Fabulous tips! so true that hallways are so often forgotten. I love the paint as paneling!

xo Allison
Spicer + Bank
www.spicerandbank.blogspot.com

VerĂ³nica said...

Fabulous post Nancy!!! lovely ideas, thank you for inspiration!!!
besos mil from Spain!!!

Erica M. said...

Great tips! I just updated my hallway but unfortunately its short and skinny so there is not much I can do to it. I did thick horizontal lines & am looking for the perfect attention grabbing light fixture to add to it.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Such a great post Nancy!!! I love, love wallpaper, repeated lights and a gallery wall in a foyer.

redesigningsarah.com said...

Such beautiful spaces! I love the hallways with the books and the archways.

The Ink House said...

I have been searching the web for ages looking for ideas for my extremely long, skinny hallway. By far the best information and ideas I have come across. Fantastic post!

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