How to design a fabulous hallway

The hallway is an often-overlooked space, just serving as the utilitarian path from one room to the next. But if you ignore them, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to experiment and design hallways with character and drama. Here are a 5 quick tips that will help you take your run of the mill hallway to the next level!

1. Colour Palette

When we start designing a new space, we always start with a colour palette. If the hallway you are painting is separate, as opposed to open-concept, that will give you the opportunity to paint the space a different colour. This will make it feel like its own entity.

Choose a colour that compliments the already existing colour scheme. Try to go with more of a neutral, as it has to be able to blend with all of the rooms that run off of it. Something that we really like to do is to paint out a portion of the ceiling with a bright accent colour that draws the eye upward.

2. Lighting

Speaking of drawing the eye upward, lighting is the next step. Make sure you have enough lighting to properly display the area. You will want to have more than one source of light, you may want to add wall sconces, pot lights, or a couple chandeliers running the length of the hallway. Depending on the hallway, you may also want to add a long table with a couple table lamps on it.

3. Crown Moulding

If you are planning on painting out a portion of the ceiling in a bright or contrasting colour, this idea looks amazing when surrounded by beautiful crown moulding. Crown moulding not only looks fabulous on the ceiling, but it also looks amazing along the edge, where the wall meets the ceiling. Another great detail to add in a hallway is a higher baseboard. Both of these design features add a feeling of elegance and will improve the overall feel of the space.

4. Doors

While updating the hallway, don’t forget about the doors leading into rooms off of the hallway. Make sure all the doors are updated and the same to create unity. Another trick we like to do is to paint all of the exteriors of the bedroom’s doors another colour. This should also be done in a neutral, but dark enough to create contrast. Painted doors bring life to the hallway and is something completely unexpected.

5. Accessories

Now that you have given your hallway a fresh paint of coat, added or improved upon the lighting, installed higher baseboards, crown moulding, and maybe even painted some doors, it is time to start accessorizing! Choose accessories that also match the theme or feeling you have decided upon for this area. Make sure you also include a lot of artwork on the walls to create visual variety. The dominant colour in the artwork should match the pop of colour in the ceiling. This will keep the eye moving through the space.

Hallways are tricky spaces to design because their limited space doesn’t leave room for much imagination. If you are able to see past the lack of space, these 5 hallway decorating tips should help you tremendously. Schedule a consult with VictorEric today to achieve the hallway of your dreams! 604-677-0021

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