How to Decorate a Tall Hallway Wall

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How to Decorate a Tall Hallway Wall
Decorate a tall hallway by using simple techniques to make it smaller. (Modern Asian inspired hallway with bamboo floors image by MAXFX from

Interior decorating is an art. People pay professional designers to make their rooms express their personal taste and preferences. Decorating is also something that you can take pride in and accomplish yourself with time and creativity. Decorating walls brings a challenge of finding the balance between beauty and strategy as the wall must complement the rest of the room and tie together themes carried out in other nearby spaces.

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Things you need

  • Blue painter's tape
  • Level
  • Paint
  • Moulding
  • Picture frames
  • Prints or posters

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    Understand that since a tall hallway wall does not have any furniture anchoring it to the space it occupies, it presents you with a unique interior decorating challenge. Make a tall hallway wall smaller with moulding and paint.

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    Add a moulded chair rail about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom of the wall, or 30 to 42-inches off the floor. Achieve the same effect with wallpaper or a painted line if you do not have the time, money, or desire for moulding. Use blue painter's tape and a level to mark off a straight line that is about 4 inches wide and runs the length of the wall.

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    Add another moulding line (or painted line) 1 to 2 feet from the ceiling or crown moulding edge. Choose three different colours to paint between the lines, or three different shades of the same colour. Select an accent colour for your lines/mouldings.

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    Create a long rectangle with moulding or painted lines in the technique described above that occupies the bottom third of the wall and runs the length of the hallway. Paint the surrounding area one colour and the rectangle another. Choose an accent colour for your moulding or rectangle outline. Hang pictures or install sconces in the space above the rectangle.

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    Shorten the tall space with three, symmetrically placed, very large picture frames. Fill the frames with simple, related prints such as three distinct scenes created by an artist in the same theme. Or, create your own theme such as with movie posters. Paint the background a dramatic red and use track lighting along with black frames and colourful posters to create a movie theme; make sure it complements the surrounding space and doesn't become an awkward eyesore. Choosing framed prints for any wall is an art form in itself so take your time and visualise the prints on the wall, in relation to their surrounding space, before purchasing them.

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