Dealing with a Narrow Hallway

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated June 27, 2016)

Many people find dealing with a narrow hallway to be a bit tricky, and don't really know how to appropriately decorate these areas. Which is pretty unfortunate, since these particular areas have a lot of potential that really shouldn't go to waste. In order to get the most out of your narrow hallways, and help spruce up the look of your home, simply follow these guidelines.

  • Use the right color of paint. One of the biggest reasons that narrow hallways look, and generally feel fairly claustrophobic is because they have been painted the wrong color. Instead of going with darker colors and shades, you should use neutrals, pastels, or even bright colors. By lightening the colors in the hallway you will notice that there appears to be more light in the hallway, and therefore more room.
  • Add a mirror. As long as you have room, you should hang a mirror at one end of the hallway. It really doesn't matter how tall the mirror is, as long as it is wide enough to leave only a couple of inches on each side of the frame. When you do hang the mirror make sure that you position it fairly near the ceiling (about three or four inches), and also place a plant of some sort in front of it. These two items will not only add extra light to the hallway, but also added depth and texture. All in all, the mirror will help create the illusion of a wider or larger hallway than it normally is.
  • Create a gallery. Do not let the side walls of the hallway go to waste. Take the opportunity to add a bit of artwork to the hallway, creating an actual private gallery. This artwork can be professional artwork, something that you have done, pictures of your family, or some other type of decoration. When you hang them, make sure that they are hung around eye level. Generally speaking this means at your eye level, and six inches both above and below. To add a little touch of something extra, use frames that contrast with the color you painted your hallway.
  • Furniture can be helpful. Despite the fact that narrow hallways often look...well, too narrow for furniture you should still consider placing a piece or two into the hallway. There are specially designed pieces of furniture made for narrow locations, such as hallways, that can add a bit of elegance to your area. Keep in mind that you will want to carefully measure the pieces to ensure that they will not block traffic, or make it too difficult to move around, before you purchase them.
  • Everything in moderation. As with anything in life, when you are attempting to deal with a narrow hallway, you need to make sure that you do not go overboard. It is entirely too easy to go from creating a decorated area, to an area that is cluttered and claustrophobic. A good general rule of thumb is to keep it as simple as possible.

Keep in mind that these are only a few guidelines that you can use to get started on dealing with your narrow hallway. Feel free to experiment, to add other decorating elements, or to take those you don't like out. In the end, you are the one that will have to live with the way the hallway looks, and only you can decide whether you like it or not..

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Bug Bomb Cleanup

Bug bombs are a wonderfully effective method to get rid of an infestation of the creepy crawlies. The one item that makes ...

Discover More

Considering Weight Loss Surgery?

Have you noticed just how popular weight loss surgery has become over recent years? And why not, it is a quick and easy ...

Discover More

Natural Lawn Care

You don't need to spend a lot of money purchasing expensive chemicals, or additives in order to take care of your lawn. ...

Discover More

MAX Power! A powerful lithium-ion drill/driver that delivers 0-to-650 RPM and 115 inches-per-pound of torque in a lightweight, easy-to-use package. An anti-slip soft grip and LED worklight makes this tool a delight to use. Check out Black & Decker 20-Volt Cordless Drill/Driver today!

More Home Improvement Tips

Bamboo Window Treatments

Just as bamboo can accentuate the windows inside of your home, bamboo window treatments outside are just as stylish. ...

Discover More

Lighting a Room Properly

For some reason, most people do not stop to think about the lighting in their rooms. Lighting a room properly can make ...

Discover More

Using Color to Enhance a Room's Mood

Whether you want to lighten your mood or find a way to calm down, the colors you use in your home can help create a ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is nine more than 7?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)