Decorating your Hallway for Maximum Visual Effect and Beauty
Hallways tend to be dark and claustrophobic. Often they are long and narrow with no windows. This is one place in your home that can be a challenge to decorate. However, there’s good news. Give your hallway a complete makeover for maximum visual effect and beauty.
Colour is the most important factor in creating a comfortable and inviting hallway. Choose light colours to make the hallway look larger. Depending on your choice of flooring, blue, green, earth tones and pastel shades are the wisest choices.
Use eggshell or white for walls and paint doors and woodwork a warm, rich complimenting colour, such as almond or peach. Add architectural interest with the use of decorative mouldings. Crown mouldings can be used to eliminate the sharp angle between the ceiling and walls. Install a wooden chair railing along the length of one wall or add wide baseboards along the bottom of walls.
If ceilings are high, beams or brackets can be added. Never add these to hallways with low ceilings, as it will give the sense of the ceiling closing in on you.
Divide Wall Space
Divide hallway space by adding paintings, photography or other objects that hang flush with the wall. Have family portraits developed in black and white and hang them in bronze coloured frames to create richness. Never hang items in a straight line; stagger them or create a cluster. Hanging framed prints in a straight line will make the already narrow hall look much narrower.
Create a focal point at the end of the hallway. This can be a complimentary statue for an elegant look, or an indoor fountain with a lush plant sitting nearby. Another option is an antique bookcase or cupboard with a glass front. Hang a mirror above it that will reflect the hall and make it look larger.
Flooring affects the mood of your hallway. If you’re going to be installing new flooring, consider a warm, wood grain laminate, which will create a sense of warmth. If you wish, contrasting rug runner can be added to give contrast, or use an Oriental rug runner in pastel shades.
Lighting is second in importance only to colour. Since your hallway is straight and has few furnishing or obstacles, use light that gives off a glowing, misty light to create ambience. Wall scone lighting, graceful wrought iron candelabra or a crystal chandelier that hangs close to the ceiling is perfect for this area of your home.
If your hallway is wide enough, consider adding an bookcase, washstand, accent table and mirror, umbrella stand or fancy coat rack. Furnishings add visual effect and give the area a homier look while creating warmth.
If you use the furnishings above, add floral arrangements, antique pitchers and bowls, books, unique umbrellas or hats for accent.
Set a basket of natural, dried flowers, pinecones and ornamental grasses in a corner of the hall. Lovely baskets of natural flowers and grasses add a touch of nature and give the effect of earthy fun.
There are so many ways to add visual effect to your hallway that will transform it into a place of elegance and beauty. Use your imagination, have fun and enjoy the new look that will add, warmth, appeal, elegance and beauty to your home.
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