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6 Tips to Decorate a Boring Hallway

6 hallway decor ideas you can do yourself to add interest to a boring window-less space + free art printables to pull it off inexpensively.

Here’s the reality:  When we first moved into this house and toured it during the home search process, our upstairs hallway wasn’t exactly on my list of priorities.

I mean… it’s a hallway. It gets us from A to B. Nothing to write home about. (Har har… accidental pun.)

But we walk through our hallway roughly 80 billion times a day (only a sliiiiight exaggeration), so why wouldn’t we give it some love?

This is where it started when we first moved in two years ago.

hallway before

A whole lotta womp-womp nada happening. And also a whole lotta beige.

Now, it’s rockin’ this look:

hallway decor ideas - light gray painted walls in narrow hallway with runner, wall decor, and plants

This was the other side of the hallway.

beige window-less hallway before

And now:

light gray painted hallway with dark charcoal doors, a runner, new lighting, and wall decor

Isn’t it so much better?! I can’t get over the difference! The paint alone makes this space feel so much more airy and bright.

And it really didn’t take that much of an effort to get it all jazzed up. If you’re suffering from boring-hallway-itis, here’s how to deal with a few hallway decor ideas.

6 Hallway Decor Ideas to Update a Boring Hallway:

hallway decor ideas - art and magic light trick wall sconce accent lighting

1. Add interesting lighting

If you’ve never heard of the Magic Light Trick from Nesting With Grace, go do it now! It makes adding a little wall sconce accent without electricity so easy when you need to brighten up a dark corner of your home.

Swapping out boring light fixtures with a fancier flush mount helps a bit too. For ceilings 10′ or taller, opt for pendant lights.

plant stand made from a thrifted piano stool

2. Throw in a plant or two as hallway decor

I have a self-proclaimed black thumb, so I go the fake plant route, but this list of house plants has lots of ideas for ones you can put in your hallway that require little to no sunlight at all.

I swiped this artificial fiddle leaf fig from our living room because it felt more at home in this corner. And this artificial potted plant I stuck on my DIY piano stool plant stand looks like the real thing even up close.

If you have the space, incorporate a small console table in lieu of a plant stand.

fiddle leaf fig tree

3. Paint your doors for contrast to decorate a hallway

Ever since we painted all of our interior doors Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron, I haven’t regretted it for one second! It makes all of our rooms so much more high end for just the cost of paint.

This narrow hallway has a va-va-voom factor just because of the door color change as a focal point.

architectural printable art in a hallway

4. Hang large-scale art to trick the eye

The larger your art, the less cluttered your hallway will feel. Ever since we hung up these free architectural prints, it has made this side of our hallway seem pulled together.

architectural printable art in a hallway

5. Roll out a runner

We added this runner the other day to add some texture and pattern to this space, and it feels so cozy in here now! I put this rug pad underneath to keep it from slipping and sliding on our hardwood floor. So far, so good!

dark charcoal doors and hallway runner

6. Go super light or super dark with paint.

Choose a paint color that is very light for a bright, open feel or choose one that is very dark if you want your small hallway to feel cozy.

I like picking either the very top or very bottom colors on paint sample strips for a clean, dramatic effect in a narrow space. For extra drama, paint the ceiling the same color as the walls to draw the eye upward to visually expand a small space.

Choosing medium shades can sometimes make window-less spaces feel flat.

For our walls this go-round, we painted them Benjamin Moore Classic Gray. It’s a very light warm gray and looks beautiful in all kinds of lighting without any odd purple or green undertones.

light gray painted hallway with black doors, runner rug, new lighting, and plants

If you want to know about any of the sources in this space, you can see them all here:

We still plan to deal with our ceiling a bit more in order to remove our attic fan that likely hasn’t been used in decades, but we’ll cross that bridge eventually.

And that bathroom hidden behind that closed door smack in the middle of this hallway? It’s looking SO CRAZY ADORABLE I CAN’T STAND IT! More about that later though. For now, you can see the progress of that big reno here.

Do y’all have any other hallway decorating ideas you’ve used that you absolutely love? Share ’em below! I want to know!

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  1. Lauren, Love your posts look forward to them and I am loving those black interior doors. I have white trim in my home. Starting spraying my hardware black against my white doors, but. I really want to go black on the doors, but I just can’t seem to make that commitment. How did you convence yourself to do it. And I have dorgotten did youleavehardware brass including hindges

  2. Lauren,
    Amazing transformation!
    Love all the light, bright radiance within this space!
    When the walls were beige, I didn’t even notice the beautiful wood floors!
    Truly, I went back and forth between the before and after photo more than once.
    Always inspiring home decor ideas @ the blesser house!

  3. Lauren, I Iove your blog! We also painted our basement doors BM wrought iron and love it! I plan on doing our main floor, as well. I’m wondering if I am able to Pin from your sight? I’ve tried to find it and cannot. Thanks!