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How to Decorate a Hallway

The dictionary defines a hallway as a corridor or passageway in a building. But savvy homeowners know that this area of the house has the potential to be so much more. Big or small, upstairs or down, this path from one room to the next can easily be transformed into a quiet nook or extra storage space with a few tools and a little imagination. We do the dirty work and dig up all the inspiration you’ll need to decorate your hallway.

Use the Hallway as a Sitting Area

This option may not be the best choice for the upstairs hall or one with minimal width. But in a downstairs space it can end up being the perfect hangout spot for guests, a great place for kids to sit down and put their shoes on, or a sweet respite from the chaos of the rest of the house.

Adding a love seat bench like the one below, instantly gives this front hall a dose of personality.

Who says a hallway can’t be cozy? A plush bench and comfy pillows turn this hall into a prime spot to curl up for a cat nap or enjoy a cup of tea.

A sitting area can definitely prioritize fashion over function. A combination of lightly hued walls, white trim, a black and white checkered floors and a few chairs, may not be the most comfortable spot to take a load off, but boy, does it look good.

Add Extra Storage Space to your Hallway

Unless you live in a mansion, chances are you’re yearning for extra storage. Incorporate one of these clever ideas and suddenly you have loads of extra space to tuck things away.

A storage bench and a few coat hooks make a great pair in a downstairs hall.
  
If you have the room to spare, trick out your hall with a few stylish hutches, some shelves or even install a mix of cubbies and drawers.

Create a Hallway Library

Give your books a home of their own by turning your hallway into a library.

You can opt for dramatic floor-to-ceiling built-ins.

Place smaller bookcases around the perimeter for a different look.

Make a Hallway Gallery

The hallway is also a prime spot to show off your impeccable taste in art, your wide swath of family photos, or a few funky treasures you found at the local flea market.

A collection of photos instantly gets a theme thanks to color coordinated frames.
      
Don’t be afraid to go big and bold. Just remember that oversized paintings or photos benefit from being the only decor in the hall. Add extra light fixtures that throw the focus on the artwork and your gallery quotient instantly goes up ten-fold.
   
These suggestions just scratch the surface. If you have a nifty idea for hallway decor, let us know about it in the space below.

By Megan Mostyn-Brown

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