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Decorate your hallways

Sometimes good things come in small packages. Take a hallway, for example. It is small, yet it can be an attractive segue into other areas of your home. Let's explore how we can dress up your hallway. Some hallways are large enough for furniture, while others are simply a space for walking from one room to another. For the smaller hallways, in which furniture just won't fit, your decorating focus should be on the floors and walls. There might even be advantages in decorating the doorways. Scripps Howard News Service

Start with the floor. A runner rug is always a plus whether the hall floor is hardwood, carpet or tile. Runners serve two purposes: They add pizzazz and protect the floor underneath the rug. Since hallways are used a lot, the floor gets worn down, so the area rug serves to extend the life of the floor beneath it.

Not interested in a runner? You could buy or make personalized little rugs, custom-made to fit outside each bedroom door with the name of the occupant. It's cute and portable if you should move to another home. Another idea is a rug depicting the room occupant's favorite sport or hobby.

On to the walls. Rather than just paint, how about textured walls or wallpaper? Consider painting the walls to have the rich look of leather or suede. If you like the idea of personalization, how about painting the name of the room's occupant over the doorway? If the hall leads to a kitchen, the sign might say "Eat at Mom's" or "Mess Hall."

Baseboards and trim around the doors can play an important role in a hallway scenario. Taller baseboards are always nice and will enhance the look of any room. Consider retrimming the doors with wider, perhaps slightly more elaborate trim.

Hallways also make perfect photo galleries. All those family pictures that you love to look at can be nicely displayed in the hall. You could also fill the walls with your children's art.

Don't forget lighting. Consider track lighting with directional lights to draw attention to wall art or the photographs you've displayed. If indirect light is preferred, try using wall sconces. They are decorative as well as functional. Canned lights also work in halls. Whatever lighting you choose, set them with dimmers so the mood can be set for parties or for nights in.

If the hall is too long, a dark color on the far wall will help to shorten it visually. If there is room, place a small, narrow table with a picture over it at that far wall.

Any of these ideas will turn a simple utilitarian hallway into an interesting and attractive centerpiece of your home.

Decorate your hallways 05/05/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 12:28am]

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