The hallway is one of the most heavy-traffic areas of the home but it is also the most neglected. Most homeowners, myself included, tends to focus on decorating other parts of the home, completely overlooking the hallway! If you feel the same way then it’s time to give your small apartment design a much-deserved upgrade.
For people living in small apartments, the hallway is always overlooked because it is usually just a tiny sliver of space awkwardly sandwiched in between the front door and the kitchen or living room. There’s not much space to work on! But you know, nothing beats coming home to a beautifully decorated hallway especially if you’ve got company. No matter how big or small your hallway is, let’s talk about the dos and don’ts of styling a hallway as well as ways to make the most out of your living space.
Hallway Decorating Dos
Do Focus on Functionality
The basic principle of interior design is not focused solely on style, it is also about creating a functional living space. Functionality is important especially when you’re decorating a small apartment. It’s tempting to dress your hallway with standout decors but make sure you’re not sacrificing functionality for it.
Since the hallway is a key area of the home, you have to fill it with storage spaces for shoes, bags, jackets, hats, and other items that you grab before you head out. A console table, a storage box, as well as a shoe cabinet are just a few of the many useful pieces of furniture to add to your hallway. You’ll also need a place to sit to put shoes on and off, hang jackets, bags and hats, a spot for adding notes, as well as a place to store your keys and small essentials.
If you’re looking for specific pieces of furniture for the hallway, you can shop around online. Amazon, Wayfair.com, IKEA, and EZ Living Interiors are just a few of the many online stores that offer a variety of pieces designed for the hallway.
Do Maximize the Vertical Space
If your small apartment design is keeping you from making the grand hallway of your dreams, don’t fret! You can make your tiny hallway work for you by maximizing the vertical space. This trick is perfect for small hallways with no room for a console table.
Installing wall shelves on blank walls is one way to do this. You can also throw in a couple of wall-mount organizers to create a functional hallway. You can opt for floating shelves if you dig the minimalist aesthetic or go for cube shelves or sleek cabinets if you’re looking for something more substantial.
Do Add a Dose Color
The right color scheme adds a bit of fun to your overall small apartment design. And if you’re craving for more color in your home, accentuating the hallways with vivid hues is one way to satisfy that craving! Since hallways are typically smaller spaces, you can get away with more color!
You can go for fun shades such as yellow, pink, peach, teal and mint or jewel tones like cobalt, mossy green, or maroon. Love neutrals? Light hues and neutral tones pair so well with bright shades! You can use paint to accentuate a specific spot or use strong blocks of color to add personality to your space without going overboard.
Yes, the first impression lasts and a well-styled hallway is one way to showcase the rest of your beautiful home! The hallway is the first place you see when you come home every day and the last thing you see before heading out. You have to like what you see.
Dress your hallway with eye-catching accents, decors that reflect your unique personality. Thankfully, there are so many hallway accessories you can choose to mix and match. Keep the accessories minimal and functional if you’re working with a small space. Use rugs, mirrors, and houseplants to add texture and style to the hallway. Build an art wall gallery to greet guests.
If you need a few styling pointers, EZ Living Interiors outlined ways to accessorize the hallway in a video. Check it out!
Hallway Decorating Don’ts
Don’t Go Overboard
Clutter is the enemy, more so if you’re decorating a small space! It’s easy to overdo the accessorizing when you’re excitedly dressing up the hallway but going overboard with the furniture + decors will only overwhelm the space. Too much accessorizing may also affect the flow of the design and the functionality of the space.
Focus on the essentials first and work from there. Choose pieces that are practical and functional yet stylish. If you’re decorating a small hallway, opt for pieces that are skinny and narrow to maximize what little floor space you are working on.
Don’t Leave the Hallway in the Dark
There’s nothing warm and welcoming about dark hallways so you want to keep this area bright and cheerful. You can do this by decorating with mirrors, installing pendant lights or adding more table/floor lamps, and perhaps, a decorative area rug or a throw.
Any type of reflective decors give the illusion of extra space so hanging a mirror and adding other bright decors will make a narrow hallway appear more expansive… and expensive!
Don’t Forget to Organize
No one wants to come home to a messy hallway! But since the hallway is a high traffic area, it’s easy for stuff to pile up. Keep the hallway spick and span by installing hooks, adding bins, and installing shelves so you have enough storage space for the items you grab while rushing.
If the budget allows, you can set up an entryway organizer to keep all your essentials in one place! You can have one custom-made or you can buy a simple mudroom organizer from your favorite furniture store. You can also make your own waiting area using a couple of storage units, pieces of plywood + a timber bench.