How to Decorate a Hallway that Pops


A hallway, whether in the entry of your home, or simply connecting rooms, doesn’t have to be a neglected space. In fact, I think that hallways can be some of the most exciting spaces to decorate! Their small size and the fact that you pass through them quickly means that bolder decorating choices make sense here. So even if you might shy away from bold color, patterned rugs, or glam wallpaper in the rest of your home, giving it a go in the hall is a great way to get your feet wet. With its bold, trellis print wallpaper, star-shaped pendant light, and sconce lighting, the entry hall shown above is a great example of what can be done even in a limited space.


When planning your hallway design makeover, think first about color. A really rich hue looks fantastic in a small or narrow hall. Here, a vibrant blue hints at the color of the sky — perfect when you want to bring a sense of lightness to a fully enclosed space.


Another piece to consider is artwork — why not try layering artwork hung gallery-style over a bold wallpaper? Anchor the arrangement with a low bench, and you can turn even a sliver of space into a useful spot to sit and take off shoes.


Or, for a fun twist, try using chalkboard paint to create your own massive chalkboard wall. Perfect for budding artists of all ages! In the modern Eichler home shown here, the crisp white walls and chalkboard panels are set off by a bright runner that really makes the space pop.


If glamour is more your cup of tea, try painting your hallway walls a soft, dusty blue-gray hue and add decorative molding trim in crisp white. SIlver, glass, mirrored, or Lucite accents ramp up the glam factor, and a plush runner underfoot provides the finishing touch.


Still can’t decide what to do? You can’t go wrong with a classic look like the one shown here! Soft, neutral beige walls with white trim are elegant and understated, a natural fiber rug underfoot provides texture, and antique wood furniture brings a sense of history to the space.


Like one of these looks? If modern (no.1) is your thing, try jazzing up that chalkboard wall with a bright runner — we love this yellow one from Safavieh. Looking to recreate the glamorous (no.2) look with a soft blue color palette? Roll out a luxe blue rug to match your palette. And if classic style (no.3) is what you crave, a runner in the neutral family will fit in seamlessly with your treasured antiques.

So, which look is your favorite? Share which room inspires you the most in the Comments section!

Rug Shopping Guide:

Taupe runner: Safavieh Vintage in Taupe; Turquoise runner: Safavieh Vintage in Turquoise; Yellow runner: Safavieh Cambridge in Gold and Ivory.

Photo Credits:

From top to bottom: BHGDomino Magazine (two photos); Yama+Mar DesignDomino Magazine (two photos).

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Neutral in the Room, Color on the Floor

Alvhem Makleri & InteriorImage: Alvhem Makleri & Interior

One of my favorite trends lately is the look of a relatively neutral-toned room with a large, eye-popping floor rug. There’s just something so nice about having your eye drawn directly downward before surveying the rest of the room and taking in all of the smaller details. I love the relaxed vibe that all of these elements create when brought together and can just about see myself relaxing on that couch with a cup of hot tea and a hardback.

DominoImage: Domino

This look can easily transition into just about any room as well. We’ve seen a living room, but how about a kitchen? Done and done. A clean backsplash, wooden flooring, and light cabinetry all welcome a jolt of color and pattern in their midst. (Worried about a rug in the kitchen? One with a pattern with help camouflage drips.)

Milk MagazineImage: Milk Magazine

This is one of my favorite examples. A sweet corner of a room with lots of light that sets off the natural tones of the different woods and leathers used within, all while giving ample focus to that beautiful shag masterpiece that’s front and center. I’ve always believed in keeping larger elements like wall color and furniture light and neutral and using art and accessories to really amp up your style!

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I want to move into this living room immediately! The palette of the southwestern-inspired rug sets off the warmth of the other features and makes this space feel oh so welcoming, perfect for fall and the cooler temperatures that are starting to show up around us.

Rugs CollageShop the Look: 1. Trans Ocean Imports Liora Manne 2. Capel Eaton 3. Safavieh Nantucket 4. KAS Original Signature Prisms Rugs 5. United Weavers Designer Contours – CEM Talon 6. Loloi Rugs Lyon

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Denim Daze

Denim 1

Oh, denim… so ubiquitous, so comfortable, so easy and carefree. Ever the staple, a good pair of jeans is hard to come by, but when you do, you know. It’s just like falling in love. I prefer my denim picks to have a lived-in, vintage feel… covered in rips, tears, and shredded. To me, nothing quite says ‘summer’ like donning a pair of well-worn cut offs. If overly distressed denim isn’t your thing, try a pair of retro-inspired bell bottoms. The key to this look is to toss on a pair of taller shoes, like wedge espadrilles, to draw your eye upward and make you feel sky-high tall. I pair my denim with practically everything: borrowed-from-the-boys buttondowns, flowy and lacy white tops, even a chunky knit sweater for those cooler summer nights. Distressed denim is the ultimate way to achieve that ‘cool fashion girl’ look with minimal effort.

Denim 2

When it comes to interiors, it’s pretty simple to incorporate this look. There’s such a variety available: from navy-hued global patterns to a more traditional tie dye, even a modern ombre. I especially love the idea of embracing the true artistry associated with denim as shown in this painterly Luli Sanchez rug. Plus, because denim is the ultimate neutral and basic, you can pair these rugs with any look and any accessory. Layer on ivory furniture for a modern look or opt for a patterned sofa (think of it as a patterned tee!). Another great decorating tip is to select a couple rugs that share a denim-hued color palette and layer them. The results are eclectic, bohemian, and super casual.

Photo Credit: LA Cool & Chic, Refinery 29, and ioLA.

Shopping: Painterly Luli Sanchez rug, Momeni habitat rug, Jaipur Rugs agua madhu rug, and Trans Ocean Imports ombre rug.

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Pairing Statement Lights + Rugs: 3 Perfect Pairs

Want to make a big impact with little effort in your living space? Try swapping out your overhead light fixture for a statement-making pendant, and roll out a bold new rug on the floor. These two quick changes can add up to a whole new look. To get inspired, check out these three fresh pairings and see if one of them suits your style.


Look No.1: Airy wire pendant + neon graphic rug. The wire pendant light shown above is large in scale, but does not overpower the room, thanks to the airy structure. Mix up a delicate wire framed light with a bold rug featuring a hot pink graphic pattern for a fresh look. Feeling like a DIY project? Even newbies can tackle this one! Get yourself a simple, flatweave rug (we like the Jaipur Nuance rug in white) and a jar of hot pink fabric paint, tape out a simple geometric design, and get painting. For the best results, work out your design on paper first, and always test a small amount of fabric paint on the wrong side of your rug before getting started.


Look No.2: Oversize whimsical pendant + colorful graphic rug. In the bedroom shown here, a super-sized light fixture from Ikea holds court over the master bed, while a large aqua and charcoal graphic rug provides soft footing below. For colorful graphic rugs, the Momeni Baja rug in green geometric or the Momeni Baja rug in blue (both shown above) are great options. A vintage chandelier or whimsical pendant light with a bird motif would also work well with this look.


Look No.3: Classic lantern + black and white stripe. For the classic style fans, you can’t go wrong with an elegant lantern. The stately vibe of the light fixture is given a contemporary twist here with the addition of a black and white stripe rug. Try the Surya Frontier rug in jet black and white for a similar look. Tip: Don’t go too small with your lantern, or it will get lost above a big dining table… bigger is better in this case!

Image Sources: Bedroom and workspace by Young House Love; black and white dining room from Kathryn Ivey Interiors.

Rug Shopping Guide: Jaipur Nuance rug in white; Momeni Baja rug in green geometric; Momeni Baja rug in blue; Surya Frontier rug in jet black and white.

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