3 Ideas for Decorating Narrow Hallways

If your hallway is dull, lifeless and boring, here you'll find some ideas on how you can breathe new life into your hallways. Your hallway will never look better.
3 Ideas for Decorating Narrow Hallways

Last update: 21 October, 2018

Many people dream of having a bright and spacious home. And you can – if you pay special attention to narrow hallways. You just need to have a clear idea on how to arrange the objects within the space. That way you can give your home the breath of fresh air it needs.

It’s not always possible to live in a large house. However, it is possible to decorate so that it looks and feels as if you do. But, there are so many different sources of inspiration out there, you might end up creating a strange mish-mash of styles that does nothing for your home. This is especially true if you have one of those dark and endless hallways that can be such a massive headache, but also a great challenge.

If your house does have a long, narrow hallway, don’t panic! Every problem has a solution. We’ll give you some tips so that your hallway will look like something straight out of a magazine. If you’re at a loss as to how to decorate your hallways, read on!

1. Narrow hallways – how to decorate the walls

Knowing how to choose the right color for your walls is one of the most important steps in decorating a house. We always advise that you choose light, neutral colors. As well as creating a brighter, more natural environment, these colors will provide a background to which you can add more eye-catching features.

Narrow hallways are no exception. You can choose white or light gray to make them seem wider and brighter. You could also go for a paint with a satin or glossy finish to give your hallway that extra life it may be lacking. It will also create a greater feeling of depth, and make your hallway seem lighter.

Another way to really enhance your hallway is to hang painted wallpaper. Textured wallpaper embossed with vertical stripes looks particularly good. This will visually shorten the length of your hallway whilst simultaneously making it look taller. Plus, if you also use a light color for the ceiling, it will contrast beautifully.

Choosing light colors for your narrow hallways will make them seem wider.

2. Lighting – your greatest ally

The lighting is one of the most important elements in any home. Sometimes, lighting is actually everything. And if your hallway is long and narrow, you should definitely keep this in mind.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have windows in their hallway. In fact, this is hardly ever the case in apartment blocks, because hallways usually run between the rooms. That’s why it’s important to add an artificial light source. This will visually widen the space. We also recommend that you place small lights at floor level, to illuminate the walls.

Another option is to place globe lights on the ground at both the beginning and end of your hallway. If your goal is to visually reduce the size of the hallway, this is the perfect idea for you!

Go for a warm light which will increase the brightness in your hallway and allow you to see properly. White lights also work well, as they can make this a much more practical space.

Finally, our last piece of advice is to install windows in the main doors leading into your narrow hallways, to let in more natural light. Choose stained-glass panes to really shake up your decor.

3. Add rugs for extra comfort

Hallways, in general, are often forgotten about when it comes to decorating our homes, especially if they’re on the small side. One way to combat this is to add rugs. This is a great idea if you want to add a sense of warmth, and say goodbye to that coldness.

Carpets can really warm up typically cold narrow hallways.

Wherever you decide to put them, these rugs will add something special to your home. You just need to make sure that all the colors in your house match, so that they don’t break with the style of your home.

To do this, we recommend that you choose light colored rugs. Don’t buy something too eye-catching. As for the shape, it’s best to choose a long rug, to give a greater feeling of warmth.

As we’ve seen, adding warmth, comfort and style to your hallway is so easy if you have the right ingredients. Don’t overthink it – start your project, and get that new hallway today!