Ready for a Hallway Makeover? These Ideas Are for You

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Stuck with an uninspiring or narrow hallway? We don't blame you if you previously overlooked this more small space, but did you know a hall revamp can help make your home flow better? One that's properly styled can create an architectural moment that acts as a transition between rooms and blends interior design schemes. Are you convinced that it's time for a hallway makeover?

If you're ready to get started, the eight following decorating ideas and DIY projects will transform things in a flash.

1. Feel good about your flooring.

There aren't many home zones that can accommodate writing on the floor, but the entryway can. Olivia of Lust Living made sure her monochrome hall makeover was totally inspiring by adding in the phrase "you look good" with pink and gray penny tiles. Why, thank you, Olivia!

2. Add depth.

Wall panels, board and batten, or two-tone paint colors will add interest in a hallway and keep it from looking flat. And here's proof a passthrough can handle architectural details: After painting her hallway with two neutral shades, Jess of White Picket Farmhouse divided the walls with molding. The effect gives the space a more traditional and high-end finish.

3. Play with picture ledges.

The hallway is an ideal area to showcase art, but that doesn't mean you need to go with a traditional gallery wall. Instead, follow UK-based blogger Melanie Lissack's lead, and create corner picture shelves as part of your hall home decor. In her tutorial, Lissack painted IKEA Malmbäck display ledges for a bespoke look. As an added bonus, she can regularly change the prints.

4. DIY your own seating.

Radiators often look like eyesores in hallways, and it's hard to cover them. To disguise her built-in heater, Becca of Malmo & Moss created a DIY bench. Made of reclaimed scaffold planks, the new addition provides a functional area for popping on shoes at the front door, as well as a space for storing plants (because you can never have too many, right?).

5. Hang up coat hooks.

It's important to design a hallway with storage in mind, so don't be dazzled by ideas that won't work for your space. Functionality should come first here. This jewel-toned setup by Mindfully Gray, for example, has both style and substance. There's a row of wall hooks to hang coats and bags and floral artwork to finish the look.

6. Try removable wallpaper.

If you're the kind of person who gets bored of decor, a removable wallpaper could be the answer to your hallway makeover concerns. Don't be afraid to go bold with the wallpaper choice, either. Take this hall from Sprucing Up Mamahood; the botanical pattern is fun for now, but it can be changed when necessary.

7. Shop for space-saving furniture.

Not all hallways abound in square footage, so it's important to consider space-saving furniture when you're renovating. Interior designer and blogger Abi Dare chose a slim console for her minimal hallway, adding in a felt storage box, lighting, and carefully styled accessories.

8. Make the most of every inch.

Coat hooks, check. Bench, check. Picture ledge, check! Lacy of Living a Wilder Life has it going on in her boho hallway, and every inch of the space is optimized. We love the functionality coupled with a sweet color palette. You can recreate the look with a wall covering from Livette's Wallpaper.


Emma Jane Palin is a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for design and interiors.

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