Making the Most of Your Hallways

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Hallways are often underutilized spaces in the home. Since most of us simply use hallways as pathways to other rooms, we fail to treat them as rooms themselves. While it wouldn’t make sense to set up a couch and TV in a hallway, you have the potential to optimize this valuable space.

Mirrors

If you’re aiming to make your space feel bigger and more open, a large mirror is a wonderful asset to your hallway. Not to mention, when you’re getting ready to leave your home, you typically have to pass through at least one hallway. This helpful placement will allow you to check how you look one last time before leaving. If your goal is to make the mirror into more of a decorative piece, try draping flowers or lights around its perimeter.

Window seats

If you’re lucky enough to have a hallway adjacent to a window with a wide base, place decorative pillows or cushions along the base. A window seat is the perfect spot to sit and relax for a little while, whether you’re reading a book or just looking out the window. This encourages people living in your house to spend a little extra time in the hallways, making the space more inviting.

Hidden storage

An end table with drawers serves as an excellent tool for utilizing your hallway for storage without crowding or cluttering the space. Maybe you have a few items in your home that don’t seem to have a designated place. Whether it’s the family photo album collection or miscellaneous decorative notepads, an end table is a discreet place to store items while adding character to the hallway.

Art

We don’t often think of hallways when decorating our homes. This can leave hallway walls looking barren. If you have a few favorite art pieces, a family portrait, or photographs that you can expand and frame, adding this type of décor to your hallway walls will add style to your space. If you have a small sculpture or another form of 3-D art, you can place it on a small table in your hallway. This will make the area much more interesting.

Shelving

If you have the space, time, and resources to install shelving, consider making this upgrade to your hallways. You can add bookcase shelving that hugs the wall if you want to turn a piece of your hallway into a mini library. If you’d rather, you can install small individual shelves attached to the walls that can hold plants or art pieces. Shelving will add dimension to your hallway and give you a reason to stop and admire your space instead of just passing through.

Though often overlooked, your hallways can become some of the most interesting rooms in your home. Make a few of these changes if you want to utilize your hallway space in creative ways.