Top Tips to Overhaul Your Hallway
Last Updated Mar 15, 2012 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
Is your hallway looking a little dated or dark? It’s often the most forgotten about room of the home but it’s still a room and thus it deserves some attention as well. Turn your hallway into something that you’re proud to walk through with our fabulous tips! For more great ideas, speak with your local renovations
Let the Light In
Many hallways look dark and damp because they simply have no natural light. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to let the light in, and keep the light switches turned off! One excellent solution is to install a skylight or a sun tunnel in your hallway. How many skylights you need depends on how long your hallway is but one in the middle of a short hallway or two (one at each end) of a longer hallway is usually sufficient. Alternatively, if you have coloured or tinted glass in your hallway at all, replace it with clear glazing to really let the light come through.
Create the Illusion of Space
Many hallways feel small and poky and while there’s nothing you can do to physically enlarge the space, you can create the illusion of more space. How do you do this? Just hang a mirror at the far end of the hallway. It will reflect the hallway and the light making the hallway feel at least twice as big as it did before. You’ll also have the bonus of a mirror there to check yourself before you go out!
A Fresh Coat of Paint
Hallways are much used areas of the home and the walls are probably looking dingy and scuffed after years of people brushing against the walls or banging their bags and shoes into the wall! A simple fix to really brighten and improve the look of your hallway is to give it a fresh coat of paint. Use light colours to really improve the feeling of space, or if you’re after something with a bit more jazz, paint one of the walls in a bright colour – a feature wall for the hallway, if you will! Just remember to use a wash and wear paint so you can easily clean off any future marks and scuffs.
Create a Photo Wall
One thing that many homes suffer from is an excess of photos and nowhere to display them! Solve your problem by creating a photo wall in your hallway. Dedicating one whole wall to your treasured family shots looks great and you’ll be reminded of happy memories every time you walk down. Don’t feel like you have to hang your photos in a perfectly straight line either. Often it looks best if you use photos that are a range of sizes and in different frames and hung somewhat randomly. If you want unity, use all colour or all black and white photos or use frames that are made from the same material and in the same colour.