8 Ideas To Give Your Hallways Character

ProSource | 12/9/2015 | Project Tips

Hallways are often one of the most neglected parts of a house simply because homeowners aren’t really sure how to decorate in such a narrow space. Rather than making it an afterthought, here are eight ideas to give your hallway some character.

Fancy Floors

Instead of just using the exact same flooring as the rest of the house, you can do something a little bit special in your hallway, especially if you’re using hardwood. Trim out the floor with a contrasting color of hardwood for a nifty design detail that will add interest to an otherwise overlooked space.

Don’t Forget The Ceiling

You can use the same trick with the ceiling by using crown molding and trim, painting a complimentary color to your walls (other than white) to add depth, similar to what some people do in dining rooms. If you’ve got the space, consider other decorative ceiling options such as coffered, bead board or a small tray ceiling complimented by lighting.

Light The Way

Just because it’s a hallway doesn’t mean it should get boring lighting. Especially if you have taller ceilings, you can take advantage of a decorative light fixture in the hallway to give it its own special feel. Recessed lighting can be a great way to highlight photos on the walls.

Love The Walls Of Your Halls

The most common solution to hallway décor is to simply hang family photos in clusters here and there, but you can make it more memorable by adding shallow floating shelves and leaning pictures against the wall instead of hanging.

Wainscoting And Panels

Add simplistic elegance to a hall and change the perception of dimension by adding wainscoting and decorative trim.

Wall Patterns

A less expensive alternative to wainscoting and trim work is wallpaper. Use it on one side of the hallway to create an accent wall.

Dead End Decoration

Got a hall that dead ends with a wall? It’s the perfect place to add a decorative table, art piece or other focal point.

Make It A Runway

Add a decorative carpet runner to incorporate more decorative patterns into the space.

Using any number of these techniques can completely change the look and feel of your hallway, from making a small, narrow space look and feel larger, to taking a typically ho-hum area of the home and making it just as beautiful as any other room.

Review the hallway inspiration for design ideas, and add images you like to your myProSource Project Center. Then visit your local ProSource Showroom to shop flooring and whatever else you need to infuse your space with the character of your preferred design.

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