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Here's a simple strategy to help you cope with a hallway whose cons outnumber its pros. Draw the eye toward the floor by laying down a brightly colored or boldly patterned runner. The more eye-catching, the better. Besides lending a soft layer underfoot, an appropriately sized rug can work to steal attention away from the less flattering aspects of a hallway—specifically, the parallel-running walls that, in their close proximity, create a feeling of cramped discomfort.
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