Just because the hall isn’t a “room” in the traditional sense, doesn’t mean it should be neglected. Your corridor is the first thing guests see when they arrive, so it sets the tone for the rest of your home. You want to create a space that speaks to your design sensibility while being functional and welcoming. Sounds like a tall order, but with a little ingenuity, you can create a pretty pathway with plenty of personalities.
Create a Gallery Wall
Some may see a blank corridor, but we see a gallery just waiting to happen. Hanging family portraits, photos, and artwork is a simple solution to give your pathway a personal touch. Choosing coordinating frames in a single color, as we see in this long hallway from Style at Home, creates a cohesive look.
Utilize every square inch. Just because you lack a front hall closet or don’t have space for a credenza, doesn’t mean you have to toss your stuff on the first surface you see. Take a cue from Details Blog and “pack as much functionality as possible” with the wall-mounted organization. A whimsical sign or favorite piece of artwork will charm anyone who happens by.
Add a Picture Ledge
Bare walls are begging for pizzaz. A picture ledge is perfect! Beyond just photos, you can display trinkets and meaningful mementos. Want more? Enhance the effect with framed prints.
Go Bold With Striped Wallpaper
Looking for a fail-proof way to instantly enliven? Deck your halls in stripes. Black and white are classic. Or play with the fun color combination for an extra pop. For renters and indecisive types? There’s removable wallpaper! (P.S. Here are 10 peel-and-stick brands you should know).
Be Concise with Accoutrements
Say “bonjour” to this Parisian-inspired hallway. White walls and light wood floors are a clean slate. Infuse French charm with a checkered runner, bloom-filled vase, and framed art. Très chic!
Take It In a Modern Direction
Fan of modern aesthetics? Complementary neutral hues, sleek flooring, geometric patterns, and curated accent pieces produce a cool, contemporary flow. Need a spot to stash stuff? Swap in a storage bench.
Liven Things Up With Botanical Wall Coverings
Awkward layouts often fall into disarray as homeowners struggle to properly appoint them. Challenge accepted! Dress up a drab hall with a bold botanical wall covering. Think Verdant vines, palm trees, banana leaves, and flirty florals.
Expand Space With Mirrors
A round mirror and narrow console are an apartment dweller’s best friend. But don’t take our word for it. The welcoming entryway of this bachelor pad, designed by Nicole Watts, is undeniable proof.
Lay Down an Area Rug
Long, narrow corridor? Lay down an area rug, or, more accurately, a runner to define it and add warmth. Give your space a splash of earthy paint, then layer in artwork and pendant lights. Finally, take it to the next level with a few plants.
Hang Wooden Hooks
Function meets form and fashion in this entry by Over The Ocean. Tuck coats in the closet and hang items like totes and hats on circular wooden hooks. These beauties are from Muuto. You can also score stylish sets from CB2 and Etsy.