If you live in a large house, you may see your hallways as those extra spaces to vacuum that simply bring you from one part of your home to another. But if you live in an apartment or a smaller house, hallways are precious and valuable space you should definitely be making the most of.
But whatever your home-size situation may be, chances are you could do more with your hallways — at least from a decor perspective. In a recent article for Hunker, Siobhan Murphy provides several ideas for this underutilized part of your home.
How to maximise your hallway’s potential
For the most part, hallways are pretty narrow, so it’s not as if you can just move any old piece of furniture in them and call it a day. You do have more leeway when it comes to decor, though — including room to experiment. Here are some ways to get the most out of your hallway.
Test drive a type of wallpaper or paint
Sometimes you fall in love with a heavily patterned wallpaper or paint colour, but aren’t ready to commit to using it in an entire room. Hallways give you the space to experiment with different styles in a lower-commitment setting. So go ahead: try out that coral paint, striped paint pattern, or busy wallpaper, and give your hallway a decorative boost in the process.
Add a shallow bookcase
We tend to think of bookcases as large, bulky pieces of furniture, but there are plenty of options out there that are relatively slim and shallow — making them an option for (certain) hallways. Even if, for some reason, you don’t suffer from book overflow, you can use the bookcase to display a collection or other items that are important to you.
Make a classic gallery wall
Even narrow hallways can handle a gallery wall. Just take whatever photos, (tasteful) posters and prints you like, frame them, and arrange them on the wall in your hall. If nothing else, it might cheer you up when you walk through it.
If you have a nook, use it
Those lucky enough to have a hallway with some sort of nook or recess have a whole other set of options. These can include adding a small desk for a home office, or putting in a piece of storage furniture, or even a bench. Just make sure you measure the nook before lugging any heavy furniture in from other rooms, or buying something new.