DECORATING A HALLWAY

August 17, 2020
Rachel Schultz

Hallways are kind of forgotten because they are mostly just passages and sometimes decor mind space and planning is dedicated to rooms where people sit down and stay awhile. But this makeover has reminded me hallways are very visible. Maybe this is just a little second floor landing, but with a good light fixture and some vintage art, it makes the whole house feel nicer. When we moved into this house, this area had pink white walls, a little bit of wallpaper, and not one but two carpets. A brown in the hall itself and inside the closet a green shag.

First, we added a laundry space in the closet – you can see the details on that renovation here.

light fixture | landscape art print | cloud study art print | pasture art print | seascape art print | la jolla basket | vintage persian rug (similar)

To begin (at the VERY beginning) we installed wood floors. A true white paint as opposed to the old off-colored one did a lot. (This is ralph lauren “chalk white” in eggshell.)

Then I did a trustworthy decorating formula I’ve observed myself gravitating to MANY TIMES. A great light fixture with personality, a vintage persian rug, and some beautiful art. With a nice paint color, sometimes that’s all it takes.

Good flush mounts are hard to find! Also hallways don’t often have much furniture so I think that is a room to especially get a good fixture for the place to infuse some detail. We went with the armstrong three light flush mount in matte white from kichler. We put it on a dimmer too and it is wonderful for moving about in the evenings.

I love to pass through this room now! It is visible from many parts of the house – all the bedrooms, as well as the stairwell and entryway. Consider this a case study that hallways are worth decorating!

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  • Ann Kamody

    Hello Rachel,
    I have been admiring your design skills for some time now. I’d like to ask you about the cloud print you ordered from etsy.I want to make a gift for my daughter and I wondered what size print you chose and whether you printed it on archival or textured paper. I can’t tell if you used a gilded frame or a wooden one. She has the same basket outside her bathroom as well as a vintage Persian rug so she is well on her way to (unintentionally) cloning your hallway. Your advice about the great lighting, Persian rug, and beautiful art was some of the most succint design advice I have read. I appreciate any advice you are able to offer.

    • Rachel Schultz

      It’s a 16×20 I believe and I just use really simple plain paper! The frame is from Target. Thank you Ann!

  • Bethany Comeau

    Hi Rachel, do you have tips or suggestions for how you decide to choose a frame style for different types of artwork and/or how you place a variety of artwork sizes together to look cohesive? Your IG from last year on “how to know when to use a mat or not” was incredibly helpful and I still use your suggestions as a guide for myself.

    • Rachel Schultz

      that’s awesome! thank you bethany. in general i like not chunky frames. that feels dated to me. also light, unfinished wood to me goes with everything. maybe i will do a post about this…

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