Brighten the Dark Passage: Decorating Tips for the Hallway

Hallways often become that dark passage way to and from other areas of the home and very often don’t get the attention they deserve. Is your hallway in need of decorating ideas? The hallway of your home may be wide or narrow. You may have architectural interest or you may not. No matter what style or size of hallway you have in your home, there are simple and easy ways to make your hallway passage way a brighter nicer area that is more in keeping with the rest of your home.

You want people to enjoy the journey down the hallway on their way to another destination, so take a bit of time to customize this area with a few (or all) of these hallway decorating ideas.

1. Paint all surfaces in the hall the same color, ceilings and walls to unify it. Choose a rich color tone, one that is neither dark nor light to bring some color to the space. Paint with a semi-gloss finish will reflect light if the hall is dark. If budget permits, add new interior doors with frosted glass inserts, a nice European look, and will light the hall with natural light from the bedrooms. Not for everyone but great for the new modern look in homes. If the hall is too long, paint the end wall 2 or 3 shades darker than the rest of the hall. This will give the illusion that the hallway is shorter. If the hall is too short, paint in the same color and hang a mirror on the end wall for more depth.

2. Lighting, if you have just one ceiling light or bowl type fixture replace it with newly purchased track lighting. You can direct the light fixtures hanging from the track to certain places on the walls (where the art is hanging) to create drama. Wall sconce’s are a good choice also for adding mood and softness to the space and can be placed in a pair flanking one large or a grouping of wall art.

3. The flooring, if possible use the same carpet, tile or wood as the rest of the home. If not one or several carpet runners with some design and color to complement the walls adds a nice touch and gives a finished look to the space.

4. Art or wall accessories. Try a mixed collection of large and small art and or photos leaning on different lengths of the same color ledges. My favorite place for ledges is Pottery Barn, great price and available in many lengths and colors. When using ledges in all the same color your photos or art work can be in different frames, it’s the ledges that give unity to the arrangement. Now direct a light fixture on each grouping for drama as in an art gallery. You can also do a family history wall in the same manner described above on ledges.

You'll be glad you spent the time to incorporate some of these hallway decorating ideas into your space. It just might turn into one of the most inviting spaces in your home!

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