Generally speaking, hallways are pretty boring. Right?! I feel like they are typically a place that we just ignore and use only as a way to get from point A to point B.
But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Hallways can be the perfect blank canvas for a lot of visual interest and some bold choices, and they don’t have to be super boring all the time. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what we can do in our home to make our hallway a little less blah. It’s looking a lot better than it used to thanks to our new flooring, but it’s still quite empty and boring.
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I’ve been scoping out a lot of fun ideas on Pinterest lately for what we could do in this hallway, so I thought it would be fun to round a few narrow hallway decorating ideas up for you today. This post has 10 gorgeous hallways that all have unique designs, fun elements, and are anything but boring!
Update: Check out this post to see what we ended up doing to spruce up our hallway!
Let’s do this.
Narrow Hallway Decorating Ideas
I can’t get over that gorgeous giant chalkboard! We don’t have a blank wall big enough for something like this in our hallway, but the idea could definitely be altered to work up there (for example, see how we did something similar in our garage!). How fun would that be?! I also love the photo display on the other side – to me, hallways are the perfect place to display some family photos, and that’s a great way to do it. And, of course, I love the planked wall that Leigh Anne from Houseologie did in her hall – it’s the perfect way to add some visual interest without making the small space look too busy! And that blanket ladder? I wish our hall was big enough for something like that!
The combination of that gallery wall and the dark accent wall is absolute perfection to me. We’ve already got a big gallery wall on our staircase (which leads up to this hallway), so it might be a bit much to do one up there too, but I can’t get over how great that looks! And I’m obsessed with that gorgeous red runner from Designstiles. That hallway is a little more similar to what we’re working with (long and narrow!) and I love the addition of the lights above the gallery wall to make it even more of a focal point!
Stripes! Who would’ve thought that taking such a tiny and narrow space and adding something so visually impactful would look so amazing?! I love the stripes in this hallway and I love that they even repeated the pattern in the runner. The photos on either side help tone down the craziness of the stripes, and it really makes me want to go crazy and paint stripes all over our hallway! I also love the board & batten that Simplicity in the South did – that’s something Corey and I have been considering for a long time in our hallway upstairs, and I adore how it looks here. I think the bright white trim on the bottom half of the wall is a fantastic way to brighten up a dark hallway, and it adds so much to the area without making it feel overwhelming.
Can you even handle that wallpaper? I LOVE how it looks in the hallway, especially paired with the board and batten below! That wallpaper will always and forever be my favorite wallpaper pattern, though, so I might be a little biased! And both of these photos are such a great push for me to get a dang runner for our hallway – they create such an impact, and they’re totally functional! I love the vintage patterns, it’s just going to be a matter of finding one that’s long and narrow enough for our hallway. I imagine I’ll have to find an actual vintage rug – any suggestions??
Studio McGee can do absolutely no wrong in my eyes, so it’s no surprise I love this minimally-designed hallway. The giant mats on those black and white family photos are stunning, and I desperately want to copy that somewhere! I also love the globe lights in the hallway, I really hadn’t thought to do something fun like that in our hallway, so I’m really inspired by that! I love the cool archway accent on the photo from Freshome – such an easy way to add some architectural interest in an otherwise boring room! The super narrow little accent table also looks fantastic in this hall!
If you’re like me and you sometimes struggle with how to take gorgeous inspiration like this and turn it into reality, I went ahead and did the hard work for you. Here are a few of my favorite options for sprucing up a boring hallway!
Are you feeling as inspired as I am?! Which ideas do you think I should try out first in our hall? Which ones are you going to try? I’d love to hear some of your favorite narrow hallway decorating ideas!
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