How to Decorate a Long Dark Hallway

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How to Decorate a Long Dark Hallway
Brighten the hallway up by implementing these tips. (Chinese hall image by Elly from

Long dark hallways bring up visions of a bad movie where the heroine runs to escape. However, in real life, a long dark hallway is merely another area in your home that requires some decoration. Tailor the design to maximise the light and width of the hallway. With a little thoughtful planning and elbow grease, you can create the illusion of a large hallway within a couple of hours of your time.

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Things you need

  • Curtains
  • Frosted window panes
  • Lighting
  • Paint
  • Wall paper
  • Art work
  • Family pictures
  • Runner
  • Tile
  • Wood
  • Bench
  • Basket
  • Hooks
  • Table

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    Increase the light in the hallway. If a window with curtains is nearby, replace heavy curtains with light sheer curtains, or remove the curtains and insert frosted glass panels to the window. Install recessed or track lighting to the hallway or add several wall sconces for illumination.

  2. 2

    Paint the walls a light colour. Pick a neutral colour, such as off-white, light tan or a yellowish white, to give the appearance of a larger space. You can split the wall in half horizontally, then wallpaper the bottom and add the light paint colour to the top.

  3. 3

    Add artwork to the walls. Place a long horizontal picture on the wall, or group similar-sized frames showcasing family members and vacation photographs. Hang the pictures in an even line on one side of the wall to achieve a gallery effect.

  4. 4

    Look to the floors. Place a long, runner in a geometric pattern on the floor. Match the design to the wall colours. Create a floor design with tile, or paint the wood a lighter shade.

  5. 5

    Organise storage spots by furniture placement. Add a bench, which doubles as storage, to the front of the hallway. Place baskets that slide underneath for boots, shoes, backpacks and briefcases. Position hooks to hang coats, sweaters and keys, or use a clothes tree for the items with a small thin table for keys, mail and notes.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep hallway clutter-free to maximise space.
  • Add as much light to the hallway as you can.

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