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Updating Your Hallway from #Basic to #Boss

Our hallways may be the first thing both we and our guests see when the door is opened to our homes, but more often than not, it’s also a space that’s sadly neglected.

But what if I told you that you can easily inject some serious #boss style into your hallway? I’m having a look at how some clever bloggers and designers have created bags of style in their home by embracing the small space they have. Trust me, these are anything but #basic!

Master the Mouldings

Malcolm of Design 69 added moulding to his walls to give his hallway some added gravitas. The result? A look that’s perfect for period properties. Creating wall panels isn’t actually as complicated as it looks. Speaking from experience, anyone with a little bit of DIY know-how can accomplish this task using simple wood beading picked up at your local DIY store.

To give your hallway a twist on the traditional, paint your panelling and cornice in the same colour as the walls just like Malcolm has done for a look that’s totally on trend.

Update Your Lighting

In my own hallway makeover, I chose contemporary lighting to finish off the space when we were looking to put our home on the market. If you have an old dusty shade or worse, a bare bulb, consider giving your hallway and stairs much needed style with a fresh and new fixture. Especially in a narrow, dark hallway like this one where it’s difficult to bring in additional furniture, a feature light fixture can add that wow-factor the space is missing.

Look for more modern, simple shapes to contrast with older properties or consider a more ornate look (you can pick up some bargains on online auctions) in a contemporary home. The juxtaposition will add much-needed interest to your scheme.

What’s Old Is New Again

While we may scoff at some of the choices our parents or grandparents may have made in their own home, sometimes giving old-fashioned things a bit of a revamp is just what is needing to bring it bang-up-to-date. Karen from Making Spaces opted for Anaglypta in her client’s home. But instead of using the same tired magnolia or beige tones we are used to, she used a deep dark grey to give this hallway plenty of drama.

A couple of reasons this works particularly well? First, it’s been used in a period property where this kind of wallpaper is often found. Second, she only used it on the bottom half of the walls under the chair rail. If you already have patterned embossed paper in your home, consider giving it a fresh look in an unexpected colour (dark grey, deep indigo, pale lilac).

Get Smart with Storage

One of the most challenging aspects of creating a gorgeous hallway is the lack of space. Period properties have long, narrow hallways and many more contemporary homes struggle on space as well. If you are looking for options for storing all the paraphernalia that ends up being dumped in this throughway, start looking out for smart storage solutions.

In the hallway photographed by Lena Corwin for Cup of Jo, we see the owners Jessica Battilana and her wife, Sarah Picard have created plenty of clever storage by using wall-hung storage units from IKEA to create more visual space. Being able to see the floor beneath tricks the eye into thinking the space is wider than it is whilst also providing the perfect spot to stash your running shoes.

Image credits L-R: Cup of Jo / Around the Houses

Mix It Up

Consider giving your hallway a dramatically eclectic look as Fiona from Around the Houses has done in her own home. She’s used a mix of patterns to create movement and brought in depth by using darker colours on the walls and ceiling.

Consider shaking things up by adding lots of textural interest to your space. A funky DIY string chandelier was created to bring contrast to the dark colours and patterned textiles were used on the floor, stair runner as well as in the bench cushions. Making bold choices may be brave but when the result is this good, it pays off.

Main image credits: L-R: Design 69 / Swoon Worthy / Making Spaces

Kimberly Duran is an award-winning interior design blogger who chronicles her decorating journey in her blog, Swoon Worthy. Her style is unashamedly eclectic, bohemian and glamorous and when she's not helplessly drooling over design websites and adding things to the imaginary 'shopping basket' in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects, stalking eBay for bargains, taking Instagram pictures of her cats and investing time in her ongoing love affair with gold spray paint.