The Easiest Ways to Spruce up Your Hallways

Hallways can be pretty lackluster spots. From their narrow width to their awkward shapes, it's often easy to overlook these corridors. Well, it's time to finally show these areas some love. From statement runners to gallery walls, these tips will help you transform yours into a noteworthy part of your home.

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February 23, 2018

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Simple Shelving

If you’re not working with a lot of square footage, hallways can be a bit tight to navigate. And bulky furniture can accidentally make yours feel even more cramped than it already is. Keep everything on the minimalist side and install one small-scale shelf on one of the walls instead. Instead of introducing a proper console or credenza, this tiny installation will serve the same purposes without eating away at your floorspace.

Fashionable Focal Point

Instead of drawing attention to the hallway itself, highlight the end instead. Turn that little area into something that looks like an instant showstopper. First off, give the small section of wall itself a little pop of color. Whether it’s wallpaper or paint, it’s sure to do the trick. Treat this space as you would any other nook and bring in a mirror or piece of art and a stylish ottoman to create a curated corner that’s filled with charm.

Throw Down a Runner

If you’re looking for an easy way to spruce up your halls — without having to commit a lot of time or planning — this simple solution is your perfect match. Beyond their often budget-friendly price points, runners will boost your design in a totally low fuss way. No matter what the overall design aesthetic of your interior is, this textile will quickly become the perfect complement. Whether you grab a neutral option — like a woven jute — or opt for a bold statement, this hallway update is a no-fail way to gain major style points.

Graphic Wallpaper

One of the easiest ways to revamp any room of the house is by putting up some wallpaper to create an aesthetically pleasing setup. While wallpaper works in any area of the home, we’re specifically loving the idea of using it in hallways instead of more expected rooms. Whether you decide to highlight just one wall or go all in with a total takeover, this is guaranteed to transform your corridors into the chicest you’ve seen.

Gallery Wall

A gallery wall will undoubtedly add instant appeal to any area of the home, but these framed gems are especially effective in new, unexpected locations. Give your hallways a museum-worthy upgrade by sprucing up the blank walls with some seriously stylish prints. Whether you simply line up a few oversized options in a row, or you take a more lax approach to displaying your finds, this chic arrangement will most definitely become a standout. One of the best parts about this makeover? You can pull this off no matter how narrow or cramped your halls actually are. Even the tiniest of corridors will look curated to perfection with a few thoughtfully places art pieces.

Statement Ceiling

Turning a ceiling into a focal point can be a daunting task. With the challenge of the height plus the overall size, showing this spot some love can definitely turn even the most enthusiastic design lovers off. If you’re feeling inspired — and looking for a design-forward way of turning your halls into something special — this revamp may be worth the extra effort. While the wood and exposed beams in this interior are extra swoon-worthy, there are countless ways for you to zhoosh up this small section of your home. Whether you add moulding or a bold coat of paint, updating your ceiling is the perfect way to add visual interest to your halls.

Carefully Curated Style

We get it, putting a lot of effort into decorating and arranging the hallway doesn’t seem all that thrilling. With our budgets devoted to more prominent areas of our homes, this spot often gets overlooked during renovations. This interior proves thoughtfully designing your halls can be totally worth it, though. Choose a design theme and execute it to its fullest potential. With the shiplap walls, jute rugs and nautical art, this space is big on contemporary seaside style. Whether you’re going for a modern look, vintage aesthetic or farmhouse-inspired ambiance, put extra attention into each detail to make sure your halls blend in seamlessly with the rest of your design scheme.

Stylish Storage

When in doubt, stick to a choice that’s just as stylish as it is functional. Skip the overwhelming shopping trips and design planning, and put your favorite books and decorative accents front and center instead. With the help of a simple storage unit, the hallway will instantly transform into your go-to spot to keep your favorite finds on display. Whether your collection has grown too big for your other shelves, or you’re simply looking for a way to bring personal touches to every nook, this is a totally approachable way to bring some style to your halls.

Fashionable Furniture

Extra space shouldn’t be something that goes unappreciated, so take advantage of every square inch by decking out those hallways. Don’t hesitate when it comes to incorporating pieces of furniture, even if they seem overwhelming at first. From benches to consoles and everything in between, these pieces are guaranteed to bring homey vibes to an otherwise empty spot. Opt for furniture that fits stylistically with the rest of you space in order to create a completely cohesive look.

Bright Coat of Paint

Feeling a bit bored of certain hallways in your home? With a fresh coat of paint, these transitional spaces will go from simple structural necessities to must-see statements. Whether you’re a fan of boldly colored walls already, or this is your first time attempting a vibrant hue, we guarantee this budget-friendly update won’t disappoint. Choose something that fits in with the overall style of your interior or go totally outside of the box with an unexpected shade. Either way, this contrast will instantly add definition and personality to any hall.

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