Mount a series of hooks to create an easy drop-off center for coats and bags as you come through the door. Paint the walls with chalkboard paint, and your hallway now doubles as a message center or a place to record daily inspiration.
Perk up a boring hallway by hanging a series of photographs or artwork. Add some simple seating, like a long bench, and that space suddenly becomes a place you might want to linger instead of just passing through.
Transform the end of a long hallway into a destination by deploying a series of small throw rugs that lead up to a dramatic piece of art. Add a trunk, a throw, and a pillow, and you'll have a place to stop and rest after your journey, or to mull over your next book selection.
Creating a cozy nook for reading or quiet contemplation makes good use of a boring, unappreciated hallway. The combination of a recessed wall of bookshelves and a bench seat lined with throw pillows is both understated and comfortable.
Adorn the wall of a blah hallway with a large mirror, which can increase the impact of a lighting fixture or an architectural feature like stairs by reflecting it back into the space. If your hallway is home to a utilitarian radiator cover, use it as a display for seasonal decor and homey candles.
Arrange a series of floating shelves to make an otherwise dull hallway delightful. Embellished with photos, mementos, and flowers, the shelves bring a dynamic element to the space. Simple bins on the floor below serve as practical but attractive storage.
House to Home
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