Easy and straightforward steps to enhance your hallways

Highlight your hallways with these gorgeous hallway decorating tips!

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It can be easy to forget your hallways at home. A part of the house where you are unlikely to spend much time. We often go through somewhere without much thought, simply on the way from one room to another or up. However, hallways and stairs are an important part of any home, and you can do a lot with them to make the room feel more than just something that connects spaces. So that you can look at your hallways and stairs in a new light, we have put together a few ideas that will hopefully give you suggestions on how you can upgrade your hallways and stairs at home.

Photos and art

Hallways are a great place to show off your taste in art or photos without having to worry about what you hang on the wall and collide with furniture in your living room or bedroom. The color scheme in hallways and stairs is often quite neutral, and this provides a great blank canvas on which you can fill the room with photos and artwork. When hanging photos or works of art on the wall, you should consider not only the design of the frames, but also the size. A uniform frame size with one or two variations helps the room to feel connected and thoughtful.

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It is very important that the lighting in your hallways is right. Corridors are often in the middle of a house and as such have little or no windows through which natural light can be brought in from outside. For this reason, the color schemes used are often bright and neutral to maximize the available light. Due to the lack of natural light, good artificial light can really upgrade your hallway. Installing a functional light like a modern chandelier or integrating smaller lights into your hallway can both work well and create a really nice atmosphere.


By simply updating the floor in your hallway, you can make the room appear new and lively. There are many ways you can do this. If you have wooden floors, you can sand them down and paint them to breathe new life into the wood. Alternatively, you can add a rug that reflects your style like pictures and art. If you want to install a new floor, you should consider vinyl floors. Not only does it come in a variety of styles and laying patterns, it also works very well in hallways as it is durable and very easy to clean. This makes it ideal for a room that is exposed to heavy pedestrian traffic and where people can walk with their shoes directly from the outside.

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Paint your stairs

The staircase is often a key feature of the hallway and it seems like you can't do much with it. If you're open to the idea, it can look astonishing if you brush the stairs back to the wood and then hurt your stairs. There are many different designs that you can paint on your stairs, but one of the most popular is graded color fading. Here you start with a color at the bottom of your stairs, possibly a dark blue, and fade the color to the top with increasingly lighter shades of blue.

Add somewhere to sit

If you have space, adding a small chair or love seat can be a really nice addition to your hallway. Not only does it give people a place to sit and undress or dress, it can also help fill in what sometimes feels like an empty space. Often the only furniture in a hallway is a small table or closet, so adding a chair can work very well. However, if you don't have room for it, it's often best not to force it. If you add a chair when the space is not big enough, your hallway will appear cluttered. An alternative would be to add a bank that takes up less space.

Hopefully, these ideas have shown you that there is a lot you can do with your hallway to make it feel more like part of your home. Some of these ideas may require professionals, others can be reached if you enjoy DIY.

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