Last week I shared about learning how to style a hallway and to no surprise, I got an overwhelming response back. Turns out a lot of you also have a hallway you don’t know what to do with either. Which makes writing this design inspiration blog post that much more fun.
We currently have a plain Jane hallway, with a floor that needs to be updated (so ignore that for now). But I’m all about making the here and now beautiful, so I’m going to share some tangible tips to help you style a hallway.
How to style a hallway without windows?
I know what your thinking, and I feel the same way. My dream house would also have windows along the hallway like Amber Lewis’s home. It would mean we wouldn’t have to figure out what to do with the most likely dark hallway in your home. But even if it isn’t dark (like mine), I’m going to show you how to style it regardless.
Our current hallway pictured below.
Art along the Walls
Adding art along the empty walls is one of my favorite ways to break up the empty space. We currently have three large picture frames along our hallway walls. They are similar to the hallway below except they used six medium picture frames instead. I would note that normally I would say “less is more” but in this case it flows really well.
End of the Hallway Art
Again, similar to the photo above you can add art along the walls and still have space for art at the end. The only thing I would suggest is to make sure your photos and art are lined up at same height. Meaning you would measure your photos from the ceiling down when planning where to put the nails or screws.
But, if your a long time reader you would know my love for traditional designs. I love the mixture of rich wood tones against white walls. Which is why I love the placement of a single piece of art hanging above an antique desk.
This is especially helpful if you lack the wall space for hanging more than one piece of art on your hallway walls.
Pendant lighting makes a world of a difference in just about any room, especially when it comes to styling a hallway. I love the hand blown glass pendants by Douglas and Bec. It gives an other wise monochromatic hallway a unique spin.
But again, there are so many variations of lighting you could incorporate like the gold and glass pendants below. This is great for a hallway like ours becasue it still grabs your attention without being too bulky in a small space.
Rugs & Runners
There are two options I’m really loving lately when it comes to styling a hallway. That is using either one runner if it’s a smaller to average-sized hallway like Lulu & Georgia did (below). Or use two or three rugs in a long hallway to break up the length, so it doesn’t look off in terms of scale.
Choosing Rug Colours
There are endless colours to choose from. I’m assuming your here because you like my taste in style and design. Personally I live for neutral-vintage rugs and would use them everywhere if I could. I will link my absolute favourite places to find them below.
Paint & Mouldings
I’m going to keep this simple because this could be a blog post all on it’s own. I like to keep hallways very light and bright when it comes to paint, unless you have a ton of natural light or windows.
Neither is the case for us, we have a bit of light that streams in during the morning. But we want to keep it bright using Simply White by Benjamin Moore which we also used in our master bedroom.
But what I think will look amazing is having board and batten, which Rita Chan Interiors did an amazing job with.1