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Hallway Ideas: 6 Ways to Make this Tricky Space Shine

The hallway is one of the most neglected spaces in the home; a thoroughfare that is often forgotten about or left behind because it presents too big a decor dilemma. I hear you, I feel your pain, and I’m coming to your rescue!

In this post, I’m sharing six easy hallway ideas, that for the most part are affordable and easy to implement. It’s all in the name of making this pocket of your home transform into a walkway you and your guests will stop, ooh and ahh over every time you travel along it.

That’s the general concept anyway. So let’s explore the six hallway ideas below.

6 Hallway Ideas to Make this Space Amazing

Everyday Items in Hallway - Hooks and Bags

Everyday Display

There’s no reason why your bags, coats, hats and scarves can’t be left out on display. Consider adding some decorative hooks in your hallway to give the space a lived-in feel. I always say that a home is at its best when it looks like people actually live there, so don’t be afraid to try this out.

Not only will doing this create a zone that feels comfortable, but more importantly, if you add a mirror, it’ll make a great pit-stop to check that you’re looking good before you leave the house!

Exposed Brick Feature Wall in Hallway

Feature Wall

If you’re lucky enough to have some brick under the surface of your walls – expose them to create a feature like this. If brick isn’t your thing, go bold with a bright paint colour instead. Or consider a wallpaper with a vibrant pattern. If you want some inspiration to rock a dark feature wall in particular (trust me, it’s stellar!), then check out this post.

Because the hallway is a space you don’t necessarily stop in for long, it’s a zone that can take a hue that might be considered too bright for an everyday living space. So think outside the box when it comes to colour in this area and be brave.

Photo Wall in Hallway

Photo Wall

This is one of the easiest ways to make an art gallery out of your thoroughfare. Not only is it affordable, but with the amount of easily-removable hooks on the market, it’s a great idea for renters, too!

You can go for something rather conservative and structured as seen above, or go all out and scatter them randomly along the wall. I actually put together a post on this very topic, that will show you 10 different gallery wall ideas you can easily execute at home. Click here to give it a read.

Long Rug Runner in Hallway

Rugs & Flooring

A rug is a very affordable (and temporary) way to add some interest to your hallway. It’s also great in leading the eye right down to the rest of the home. The example above is such a good illustration of how an otherwise stark hallway can be transformed into the shining moment of the home.

If you’re feeling daring and want to move beyond the rug, consider tiling an entryway in a mix of patterned tiles, or stage a few smaller rugs down the hallway for a more relaxed, boho vibe.

I have a separate post for you with some rug buying tips from the expert. Click here if you’re eager to explore rugs further.

Bookshelves in Hallway


This look will suit a home with a wide hallway and does wonders in creating a space that feels full. It makes the hallway an area that you go to with intent and purpose, as opposed to just passing through on the way to another room.

Add a rug and some ornaments along the way and you’re set. A shelf built into the wall will work best here, otherwise please do ensure you attach the freestanding shelf to the wall somehow 😉

Lighting in Hallway


Lighting is a great idea for a narrow hallway. Where some of the other ideas might feel too cluttered or dominant, lighting adds interest without being overwhelming. Pendant lights are awesome here, and will definitely be the focal point in the space.

For something less permanent, consider fairy lights. They’re an easy and affordable option and can be draped along the wall on hooks. An arrangement like this will create a relaxed and whimsical vibe.

Did you find these hallway ideas inspiring? I’d love to hear some others you might have done at home in the comments below.

Photo Credits for this post: Everyday Display via http://abeachcottage.com, Feature Wall via artisticdesignsforliving.com, Photo Wall via http://www.atlantahomesmag.com, Rugs & Flooring via http://countrylivinged.com, Bookshelves via http://www.homebunch.com and Lighting via Pinterest 

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He's also spent time on TV, on Channel 10's Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here


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