Often people neglect their hallways and see them as just a walkway, especially if they are small and possibly on the dark side. However, with a few tips to help this space look a little larger, you can easily add interest to a small hallway with artwork and furniture that reflect your personal taste.
TIPS & TRICKS FOR A SMALL HALLWAY:
- Use of a mirror to help reflect light and can give the illusion of more space. If you have a dead wall at the end of your hall, using a full length mirror is a great way of making the hall appear larger than it is
- Paint your walls a light, neutral colour, soft shades of white, off whites and very light pastels are good tones to think about
- Use a semi gloss, low sheen paint to bounce light around, matte paint will absorb light and make the space a little darker
- Make sure if the area gets little light that you do not choose a shade of white that is too cool, select a warm white
- Light coloured flooring will make a space appear larger
- Use a bright, white bulb for artificial lighting
- Wide, horizontal stripes will make the hallway appear longer and a little wider
- Vertical stripes will make a low ceiling look taller but can create a narrower overall look
- Use white such as 'alabaster' on the ceiling to make the area look lighter
- A hall runner can make the area look longer and can add interest
- A few large pictures can actually make the space appear larger than it is, rather than too many small pictures that may create a more cluttered appearance
- Try to keep a theme with your wall art
- Hang art at eye level
- If using a piece of furniture make sure it is narrow and not encroaching on the walk way
6. Above: Keeping it light - Photography by Colin Cadle Photography
7. Above: Keep furniture narrow and don't let it encroach on the walkway
12. Above: A large contemporary artwork lifts this narrow hallway
I am currently re-decorating my small hallway and to date I have painted the walls, added new artwork and a new piece of furniture. I am creating a Hamptons/coastal look as this is the theme my home is gradually taking on. I haven't completed the entrance-way yet, this may include stripes inspired by a previous post, 'Stripes Anyone - Horizontal or vertical for a small hallway'. I will share the changes I have made to date in Monday's post. I hope everyone has a great weekend and I will see you all on Monday with my hallway photos and meanwhile leave you with a 'before' photo...
Above: My hallway stripped of artwork, recently painted and waiting for the finishing touches which will be shared in Monday's post.