Cindy and I continue to receive lots of questions from our readers asking for help with their decorating dilemmas. We’re thrilled to be able to offer some advice and maybe provide some direction. If you have a problem area in your home, feel free to drop us a line at solutions@yourdecoratinghotline . If you have a room that you’re struggling with, you may want to consider using our complete and very personalized consultation (read more here). For today, a reader has written with a dilemma shared by many people – what to do with a long, boring hallway….
How to Decorate a Hallway
Cheryl writes: “Hi – I’m in the process of redecorating my hallway. My house is about 25 years old and it needs an update. I currently have medium beige carpet with four doorways to bedrooms. The hall is about 25 feet long. I currently have chair rail that separates all the way down. Should I paint it a light color and then a lighter color and then a mid to darker color at the end? And what about a mirror at the very end or should I use artwork? Can’t wait to hear your suggestions!” -Cheryl
Cheryl, it sounds like your hallway connects to most major parts of the house with all that length and doorways. When choosing a color, make sure it’s cohesive with all those rooms, so it may need to be neutral so it doesn’t fight with other room wall colors. If all the other rooms are neutral, you can use a bolder color in the hall for some interest.
Generally, the bottom part of the chair rail is a mid to dark color and above the chair rail is lighter. It’s visually more pleasing and balanced because it will feel top heavy if you put the darker color above the rail. As for what to put at the end of the hall, it depends on your needs. If no natural light reaches the hallway and it’s dim, a mirror would be a good solution to reflect and add light to the hall. Make it a substantial mirror, almost filling the width of the space. Art would add color and movement to the hall. If there’s room, add a narrow table or small bookcase under the art/mirror to anchor it and create more of a destination.
Hallways are also great places to add pattern to the wall, either painted, stenciled, or with wallpaper. Since you have the chair rail, put the pattern above it, saving time and money instead of doing the whole wall. Here’s a couple of articles I wrote a while ago dealing with hallway design: Hall Decorating Ideas and Hallway Challenges.
Your Hallway Decor Tricks
How do you decorate a hallway? Do you ignore it as only a necessary evil (getting from one room to another) or do you spice it up? Share your ideas with Cheryl so she has lots of info to help her decide.
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