How to Decorate the Walls of a Narrow Hallway

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How to Decorate the Walls of a Narrow Hallway
The feel of a long, narrow hallway may be the first impression you make on visitors. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

A long, narrow hallway can be an intimidating space to decorate. If decorated incorrectly, a living space can feel unwelcoming, cluttered and unappealing. When you use light and visual uniformity, you can design an inviting and aesthetically interesting space that moves a guest into the rest of the abode. Take advantage of a captive audience to show off your own photography skills and personal interests.

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Things you need

  • Interior wall paint
  • Paint rollers
  • Paint pan
  • Pencil
  • Light level
  • String
  • Thumbtacks
  • Mirror
  • Frames
  • Photos
  • Nails
  • Hammer

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  1. 1

    Paint the hallway walls a light colour, such as a cream or butter tone, to make the narrow space feel safe and inviting. Dark colours can intimidate a visitor or make the hall feel claustrophobic.

  2. 2

    Paint a wall at the end of the hall a darker colour to provide a visual cue that implies the hall's length. This helps a guest feel welcome to move through the space.

  3. 3

    Stand facing one wall in the narrow hall and make a mark on the wall 3 inches above eye-level. Place a level light or run a string along the hallway to mark a line at the same height along one wall in the hallway. Use this line to mark where you will place your nails to hang artwork.

  4. 4

    Enhance any natural light in the space by placing a mirror on the hall wall that reflects the light from an adjacent room or amplify light from a skylight feature.

  5. 5

    Provide a reason for visitors to move through the hall space. Hang a row of uniform-sized and framed black and white photos gallery-style to invite guests to browse as they go. Use your guideline to hang items straight down the hall.

  6. 6

    Leave the opposite wall in the narrow hallway bare so that the hallway does not feel cluttered or closed in.

Tips and warnings

  • Alternate photos and mirrors if you have multiple natural light areas to make the most of low lighting.
  • Mount rope lighting lengthwise in the hallway for a cinema feel that will move friends into the next space.
  • Eliminate clutter and heavy furniture from a narrow hall. Large items or a disorganised entrance or hall is uninviting and can set visitors on edge immediately.
  • Don't hang too many photos on the wall in the hallway. A collage-style photo display in a narrow hallway can make the space feel cluttered and cramped.

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