The hallway is one of the most underutilized spaces in a house, but just because it is not a room on its own doesn’t mean that it should be ignored. It provides transitional space from the living room or outdoors to the inside, but it may be big enough to fit some furniture or different decor accessories. The design of your hallway sets the tone for the rest of your home, especially if it is the first area people see or step into when they enter your home.

Hall with staircase and a desk with decorations
Used with permission of Blackband Design

Here are some ideas on how to create a pretty hallway.

Get organized

First and foremost, get organized. You don’t have to toss everything from the winter coats to shoes on your hallway. You can bring in a front hall closet or go with a wall-mounted organization since you want the hallway to be as functional as possible. Also, a piece of artwork in your hallway will wow everyone.

Bring out your personality with a gallery of pictures

One of the easiest ways to decorate an entryway is to create a gallery with your family pictures, favorite artwork, or photos to create a personal touch. A blank hallway wall is just waiting for a gallery to happen. Ensure you select coordinating color frames to bring out a cohesive look.

Wow your guests with wallpaper

Hall with staircase
Used with permission of Marianne Simon Design

Another idea is to wow your visitors with hallway wallpaper. Wallpaper is the ultimate solution to decorating any wall whenever you doubt. Depending on your hallway and personal style, you can go with a bold, neutral, subtle, or barely-there wallpaper design. A black and white hallway wallpaper is a classic, or you can play with a fun color combination for that colorful pop. The good thing with wallpapers is that you can always change the design.

Rethink your light fixtures

Light fixtures come in handy for decoration, but you need to choose them with care. Go with ambient lighting that provides more warmth in the hallway or a unique chandelier that wows every visitor who comes in. Ensure it is the right size and do not hang it too high or too low.

Make a statement with mirrors

Do you have a narrow hallway? In such a case, you can create the illusion of space with mirrors. Introduce a mirror at the end of a narrow entryway to make the space feel larger and lighter. You can also bring in a small circular mirror on the side to make a sculptural statement in the area.

Introduce some accessories

Hall with shelfs and decorations
Used with permission of Leo Designs CHICAGO

Another way to style your hallway is to hang accessories such as unique hats, bags, or souvenirs from your trips. Even if you are likely to wear the hats on your way out, they add some texture to your walls.

Create some storage

If you have a wider hallway, another idea is to create storage with a console. Set up a slim console where you can unload as you come in, and it also keeps the space from being too rigid.

Parting shot

There is so much design potential for your hallway. Ideally, you want to make the space welcoming and style it to your advantage by making it functional.

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