Help me Decorate My Hallway

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Pins above are from my Pinterest Board, Hallway Ideas.

I’ve started painting again. This time, the hallway. I was going to tackle my office next, but the hallway was really bothering me. Especially since several people had recently been in our home and commented on the “angry red” hallway. Not that there’s anything wrong with a red hallway, I think it could have been done well with another shade of red, but our hallway was a bright, deep magenta and very yellow beige. It just wasn’t our taste, or any of the tastes of anyone who’s set foot in our house. photo1

This is a photo I took right after we moved in, excuse the laundry basket at the end of the hallway. And see those squares to the left on the upper wall? I’m still not quite sure what those were for, they were a bear to sand off though. Maybe painted frames for pictures?

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And here’s what I did this weekend. I painted out all the trim, bottom half of the wall and doors my new favorite white – Sherwin William’s Alabaster. The walls are Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue, which is a lighter blue green.

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Now I really want my hall to be special, and I know I can’t do much because it’s such a narrow hallway. My mother and mother-in law both had gallery type hallways for family pictures.

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Here’s some ideas that I’ve found on Pinterest. Most of the things I found have to do with some sort of gallery, so I’m thinking now maybe beach family photos? Or a frame collection? Maybe a hall of different mirrors? And should I add a rug? What color? Do you think there’s room for a small table  on the wall with the small wall to the right? And should I change the light fixture?

I really like those white lights below, but our ceiling is definitely too low. And I also love the long shelf on the wall, it’s so organized.

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8 Responses to “Help me Decorate My Hallway”

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    Paula - bell'alimento — May 29, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    I’m diggin your wall color and ALL the ideas. I know I’m no help : )

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    Tanya — May 29, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

    The next room I redo is going to be my hall. I like your pins you have. great ideas! I can’t wait to see what you end up doing.

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    I like your fresh and bright hallway! I’m in the same situation…HELP!! (Sorry, I’m no help either.)

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    Love your wall color! And I really like the long shelf idea, too!

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    Janet — May 30, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    OK, that’s scary. Looking at your hallway is like looking at mine. I haven’t finished it yet. I have added a runner in an oriental rug type pattern. It’s really forgiving as far as hiding traffic dirt and looks elegant. I got mine from Rug Depot online and used it not only in the upper hallway but also continued it down the stairs. Never installed a runner before; it was a really easy DIY although it about killed my knees! I have hung some of my wall hanging size quilts on the walls, arranging them in the spaces between the doors. None of them coordinate with each other but since they are all the same type of object, it makes the trip down the hall interesting.

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    Love the paint colors that you chose! Such a great house.

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    Marly — June 3, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    I love the color so that’s a great start. I wonder if you could do a combination of the cool lights and photos on the at least one of the walls. Maybe just one or two of the lights so you won’t get too much going there. But I think either way you go, it’s gonna be a winner!

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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — June 7, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    I’m no help either — my hallways are currently bare! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

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