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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