All right. You’ve ignored your empty hallway long enough. (Don’t worry, practically everyone does it.) The time has come to make something of that precious space that takes you from Point A to Point B, and back again, every day without asking for anything in return. Wouldn’t you love to turn the space into something special? Unique? Creative? Colorful? Beautiful? Here are some – 25 to be exact – of the best ideas to spruce up your hallway walls:
Although people often leave their hallway walls bare by default (looking sad and neglected because, well, they are sad and neglected), in some cases, a plain wall is the best choice. A graphic and colorful rug, a few chairs, and beautiful architecture that speaks for itself is enough to make this “empty” hallway come alive.
A collection of identically framed pieces makes for an impressive, even elegant, hallway.
Lively, bright wallpaper for a small corner hallway space is tempered by basic and proportionate furniture pieces befitting a hallway – mirror, lamp, and somewhere to store miscellany.
Shallow bookshelves for books and other stuff, like photos. This not only looks great, but it’s a functional way to use otherwise wasted hallway space as well.
Chalkboard wall. Need we say more?
I know! What say we combine functional shelving with a chalkboard feature, and stick both on a now-stylishly functional hallway wall? Winner. And also, this hall-owner is lucky, because they have enough inches of width to spare for some closed-door cupboard space. Double-winner.
The photo gallery wall: A classic look for a hallway wall.
And then we’ve got gallery wall meets mudroom meets sitting area. All enveloped into one compact, yet uber-chic, hallway.
For a different take on the photo gallery hallway, go with a “photo booth” style photo collage. Great for vertical coverage on short, narrow hallway walls.
Planked hallway walls. Horizontal layout makes the hallway look larger. Charming cottage feel.
Continued wood-plank theme onto hallway walls. Rougher wood and some framed photos add to the rustic charm and cozy cabin feel.
Hang some small art within larger frames in the hallway. This gets a big bang for your visual buck, and the hallway is a perfect venue for introducing personality-filled decor in small(ish) doses.
Or, you can always just go straight to the large-scale artwork on your hall walls. Hard to go wrong with great black-and-whites.
Walls covered in fabric. This can be a budget-friendlier option than wallpaper with much the same effect. Plus, so many fabrics to choose from! Makes an ordinary hallway seem cozy and interesting.
While it’s not always a good idea to draw on the walls with markers. But in this case, some Magic markers in the hands of keen-eyed Anthropologie-inspired artists is what takes this hallway wall to another level of awesome.
Limit the items of visual interest to one well-chosen piece per hallway wall. This strategy works best in shorter, “choppier” halls.
For a completely unique look and feel to your hallway, maybe tile is the way to go. Added hooks and oversized art complete the outside-the-box style.
If not tile, then how about white brick on your hallway wall? And some hallways are nothing more than a few feet of wall space; make the most of that space with a large mirror.
Chunky painted horizontal stripes. This is a stylish way to lead the eye (and person) down the hallway to the destination.
Hooks are always useful, even in hallways, and framed photos above make them seem less utilitarian (not that utilitarian is a bad thing). And don’t you love the green door drawing you to the end of this hallway?
When possible, let your hallway walls be not just walls but also windows. Mostly windows, in fact. Floor-to-ceiling ones. Framed out in beautifully pooled drapes. Isn’t this a lovely hallway?
Watercolor wallpaper in an eclectic hallway. Fresh and beautiful.
Wall sconces add importance to any hallway. Curved sconces here emphasize the beautiful ceiling architecture.
Accent wall with stone or other natural materials. Emphasized by up-down sconce lighting.
It’s not for the faint of heart (or a house of kids), but for a nonchalant, chic factor, prop your art on the hallway floor so it leans against the wall. Works well for larger, taller pieces.