Hallway Makeover

Hallways are often overlooked spaces for decorating but in a small house such as ours,  I want to make every inch count!  Here’s how I took our hallway from a mere passageway to the bedrooms, to a styled space that hints at the colors found in the bedrooms and bathroom:

BEFORE                                                         AFTER

Accent Wall + Mirror + Rug + Console + Lamp 

1. Accent Wall – I shared how I did my handpainted wall design here.  Because this hallway is narrow, using the side walls for a picture gallery was out of the question — you wouldn’t be able to get far enough away to view them!  So I focused on the wall at the end of the hallway.  I considered simply painting it another color, using a stencil, wallpaper and even painting a buffalo check pattern.  In the end, the least expensive option was free-handing a design using some leftover paint from our exterior shutters.

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2. Mirror – A hallway is a great place for a mirror.  It reflects light and provides a spot to check yourself before heading out the door.  Our house has just one bathroom, so having an extra mirror is really helpful.  I purchased this from Home Goods last year.  I really  like the combination of the gold finish with the nautical rope.

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3. Rug – Always a nice way to cozy up a space.  There are so many runner options available and I really like vintage orientals.  But I decided to go neutral here because of all the color in the wall and the console table.  I found a 2 x 10 foot natural jute runner here on Amazon.  Love all the texture it adds to the space!

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4. Narrow Table – A narrow console table is a nice addition to a hallway because it provides a spot for a lamp and some small accessories.  I found mine at our local Habitat Restore. I wasn’t sure if I really liked it but the width, depth and $20 price tag were perfect.  Here’s how it looked before we painted it:

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First we tried spray painting it in a light coral.  There aren’t many color options in spray paint so I crossed my fingers that the coral would be bright enough.  It wasn’t.

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It looked too feminine.  So my friends at Back Home Belvidere, shared some leftover darker coral paint with me..  I liked this better.

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5.  Accent Lamp – Hallways typically have a ceiling fixture or two, but for ambient lighting an accent lamp is ideal.  I love how the hallway looks at night and it lights the way to the bathroom for guests!  I thrifted the lamp and the shade for $10.  The clear glass base doesn’t take up any space visually and the height is just right.  Eventually, hubby will add an electrical outlet behind the console but for now, I have the lamp cord running to the adjacent bedroom.

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Finally, I layered on some small accessories.  The faux banana leaf and nautical rope ball were from Michael’s. I found the blue and white ship plate at Back Home Belvidere in Belvidere NJ.  The coil basket and wicker covered carafe were thrifted.  I played with different heights in order to bridge the gap between the mirror and the console table.

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Happy Summer!  Debra

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