How to Decorate the End of a Hallway
Hallways are generally seen as ‘transition’ areas from one room to another, so while a lot of money and thought is put into ‘rooms’, not as much consideration is given to the spaces that connect them.
Hallways can be long, short, wide, narrow, dark and bright and while they can ALL benefit from a bit of TLC, today we’re going to focus on the end wall and ways to add some visual interest and personality to what is essentially – a dead-end.
(And of course if you have a door at the end of your hallway these ideas will be TOTALLY irrelevant, but read anyway because I’m kinda fun to be around).
Want to see our STUNNING hallway?
In the next 2 months we’re going to be renovating our bathroom and updating the hallway and I CANNNNNN’T WAIT! (stay tuned)
And you would think that having a view of the loo would be a bad thing. It’s not. I purposely go to the bathroom with the door open when Tim’s home and love to wave at him when he comes around the corner. Every time he says, ‘Really Ky, you can’t shut the door?’ and I’m like ‘HELLLL’S NO, can you grab me a glass of wine?’
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This is called the ‘Reality Sucks Moment’, where we all come to terms with the fact that we don’t have a hallway that looks like this, with enough room at the end for a reading nook and wine bar – must haves for every home. And yes, this hallway is amazing and I’m desperately jealous.
Idea #1 Smoke and Mirrors
Okay, maybe no smoke, but definitely some mirrors – and definitely no smoked mirrors, those are SO 70’s. Adding a mirror approx 1/2 way down the hallway will visually expand your space, making it feel brighter and wider. Mirrors act like windows, taking light (fake or natural) from one area and bouncing it into another.
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HOWEVER…while smaller accent mirrors (like 24×30) can look good on an end wall with an accent table, I think that full-length mirrors on the end wall are creepy. I feel like I’d need to hand-jive or do jazz hands every time I walked down the hallway (which I may do regardless). Also, it will make your hallway look like it never…ever…ends, which is not a good thing for what is typically a narrow space.
On the technical side (which is much more relevant), a mirror on the end wall won’t bounce light around quite as much and won’t make a narrow hallway feel any wider, although it will add some general ‘light’.
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If you really want a long mirror or currently have one, consider adding a small bench like The Makerista did. This is a great way to stop the bowling alley effect, while still seeing your purdy lil’ face.
Idea #2 Feature Wall
Yes, even your hallway can have a feature wall! Adding texture and interest to the end wall is a great way to jazz up a boring hallway. You can then use the other tips in this blog post to finish it off!
Whether you stain it or do the white painted shiplap look, creating a feature wall out of wood is a great way to decorate the end of a boring hallway without taking up ANY floorspace!
Idea #3 Gallery Wall
They totally nailed it on this wall…literally.
I have drooled over this photo for a long time: the colour, contrast, gallery wall – MAD love.
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Andrea used the shape of her wall space (tall and narrow) to create a beautiful feature wall with photos and artwork that reflect the family – no mirror needed!
Idea #4 Floating Shelves / Bookcase
Mollie from Design Loves Detail is a fave of mine and did another beautiful job in this entryway (yes, I’m pretending it’s a hallway, just go with it).
And while most of us don’t have a wall as wide as this, it’s a great example of how to use floating shelves and decor to add personality to what is usually a blank and boring space.
You don’t need much depth to accommodate a shallow bookshelf like this one.
Idea #5 Decorate the Hell Out of It
That’s right – fill ‘yer boots. If you have just a bit of depth at the end of your hallway, have some fun with it!
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So there you have it my friends! I hope you’ve discovered some great ideas for your hallway or awkward wall space. Want some personalized ideas? Check out the NEW packages that I have to offer via my Online Consulting!
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