Banish the Bland: 8 Ways to Make Over a Boring Hallway

When you redecorate your home, don't neglect the hallway! Draw on these inspired examples to dress up those drab, narrow spaces and turn them into points of interest.

  1. Hang Hooks and a Chalkboard

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    Hooks chalkboard hallway

    Design Sponge

    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.

  2. Set Up a Library

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    Library hallway

    Christies International Real Estate

    A long hallway with a high ceiling is perfect for housing a library. This supremely practical solution makes a stunning visual impact. Add a library ladder to make the top shelves easily accessible—and for the occasional spontaneous ride.

  3. Throw Some Rugs

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    Rugs hallway

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    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.

  4. Make a Reading Nook

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    Make reading nook

    Houzz

    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.

  5. Mount a Mirror

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    Mirror hallway

    Homestyle Diary

    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.

  6. Construct Built-Ins

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    Built ins

    House or Home

    Bring life to a long hallway with built-in shelves for storage and display. A series of focal lighting fixtures illuminates photos, and an arched beadboard ceiling is a beautiful counterpoint to the rich wood flooring.

  7. Install Floating Shelves

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    Floating shelves hallway

    House to Home

    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.

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