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How to Decorate a Long Narrow Hallway

Updated March 23, 2017

Some movies depict a lone person with a gloomy expression, walking down a long, dark, narrow hallway. Avoid having that experience, by turning your dreary hallway into one that is bright and beautifully decorated. With a few changes, such as new paint and custom artwork, this difficult-to-decorate area of the home can have a whole new look.

Paint the walls a pastel, neutral or bright colour. Almost any colour will work, except dark ones. Any dark shade, such as navy blue or maroon, may make the hallway feel and look smaller -- while lighter and brighter shades -- can make the area seem to expand, and fill with light.

Hang a mirror at one end of the hall. Choose one that is wide enough that it has only an inch or two of space on either side. The mirror can be any length from top to bottom; But position it so it hangs a few inches from the ceiling. Put a floor plant directly in front of it, to add a little colour.

Add artwork to the walls. There are a few art options to consider, depending on your preference.

One option is to purchase matching, or contrasting frames in the same size and put a personal photo in each one. Hang them in a horizontal line, on one, or both sides of your hallway. Hang them at about eye-level.

Another option is to commission a long, horizontal painting from a local artist. The painting, which should be several feet wide and framed, can be of anything from a landscape, to an abstract painting. Hang it on one side of your hallway.

Add furniture to the hallway. The area may seem too small to add furniture, but there are quite a few pieces specifically designed for narrow spaces.

Add a long, thin desk or table. Measure the length, height and width of the hallway: But first, decide which side of the hallway you want it on. If there is a doorway on one side of the hallway -- and that is the side you would like it on -- only measure from the beginning of the hallway to the door frame.

Measure the length, width and height of the furniture, and compare it to the measurements of the hallway before purchasing.

Hang mini chandeliers in the hallway. Measure the entire length and width of the hallway. Purchase two identical chandeliers and hang them from the ceiling, to add extra light. The colour of the chandeliers should match the wall colour and decor.

Things You'll Need

  • Mirror
  • Floor plant
  • Custom artwork
  • Paint and paintbrushes
  • Long, narrow piece of furniture
  • Mini chandeliers
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Lauren Romano became a freelance writer in 2007. Her work appears on various websites and in print. Romano specializes in a variety of topics including dating, travel, New York City, decorating and budget living.