From Bland to Grand: 10 Hallway Decorating Tips

When it comes to home decorating, one of the most over-looked spaces is also one of the most utilized: the hallway.

Sure, it’s a space you might breeze through quickly on your way to more enticing areas – like the kitchen to cook a meal or the living room for a Netflix date night. But even though the hallway isn’t a “room” in the traditional sense, it’s one you pass through countless times a day.

So why not give it some love!

We can promise you this: you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much styling potential your humble hallway holds. That’s why we’re sharing 10 decorating tips to add a bit of ‘ooh la la’ to your bland hallway.

First step: assess your space

First off, you’ll want to consider the dimensions and characteristics of your hallway. Is it dark, narrow and windowless? Wide and airy? How much space do you really have to work with (you don’t want to block foot traffic in the hall)!

Assessing your space and establishing what you have to work with will help make your decorating decisions easier.

Here are 10 hallway decorating tips to go from bland to grand

  1. Give your walls, doors or ceiling a fresh lick of paint

    This probably goes without saying, but brushing on a fresh lick of paint has the ability to instantly refresh a space.

    However, if you want to take things a bit further than the walls, painting your doors in a contrasting tone will add an element of interest to your hallway.

    Similarly, painting the ceiling in a contrasting colour will add dimension, drawing your eye up and elongating your hallway.

Decorated hallway with fresh coat of designer paint
  1. Hang large-scale art

    Make a statement and enlarge your narrow hallway by hanging a large-scale art piece. We’re particularly drawn to our canvas prints with floater frames.

    Created using proprietary printing technology to ensure breathtaking colours and clarity, the resulting canvas is crisp and clear.

Hanging large custom canvas photo print on wall
Canadian made custom canvas wall art framed with white floater frame
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  1. Add built-in shelves

    The hashtag #shelfie is trending on Instagram for a reason: shelves are fabulous. They elevate the design of any room but work especially well in hallways to add interest while maximizing storage.

    Whether you’re drawn to floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases or a combination of open and closed cupboards, built-in shelves let you display your favourite trinkets in style.

    Plus, when it comes to styling your shelves, we’re here to help! Canvas n’ Decor carries an entire line of eye-catching home decor items to add an air of classic elegance to your next #shelfie

Decorative built-in shelving in hallway
4 Photo Canvas Gallery Wall Display
  1. Create a gallery wall

    You walk through your hallway every day – so give yourself something worth looking at by turning your blank wall into a gallery!

    Whether you choose to display family portraits, travel photography or your favorite artwork, a gallery wall will transform your hallway into passageway of inspiration. Plus, choosing coordinating frames – like our 4 Photo Canvas wall display – will give your hallway a cohesive look.

  1. Level up your light fixtures

    For a fashionable yet functional quick fix, consider levelling up your light fixtures. It’ll lead the eye upward and give you something beautiful to admire!

Modern light fixtures for hallway decor
Decorative accent furniture for hallway and room
  1. Add accent furniture

    If your hallway is wide enough to handle it, a well-placed piece of accent furniture – like a console table or bench – can be both stylish and functional.

  1. Liven things up with some greenery

    Have you ever noticed how plants seem to add life to the space around them? We have.- they’re transformative.

    This fiddle leaf fig is flourishing in this well-lit hallway but if you have low light conditions, it’s no problem.

    While artificial plants are always a sure bet to add a pop of greenery, there are numerous varieties of house plants that thrive in low or indirect light, including eight of our favorites:

  • Boston Ferns
  • Dracaena
  • English Ivy
  • Hoya
  • Philodendron
  • Pothos
  • Yucca Cane
  • ZZ plants

And if you’d like a pop of greenery everywhere, we even have botanical wallpaper!

Decorative fiddle leaf fig plant for room decor
Floral peel and stick wallpaper for hallway decor
  1. Wow with wallpaper

    Our peel and stick wallpaper is a great way to add big impact in a small space without overwhelming it.

    Whether you’d prefer a dark and bold print like our Moody Floral Romance or a light and minimalistic print like our Boho Arrows, we have a beautiful selection of designs that will give your hallway some personality.

  1. Roll out a rug runner

    A well-placed rug can go a long way (pun fully intended) in adding some warmth, texture and visual interest to your hallway.

Large rug runner for room decor
Wainscoting design on hallway walls
  1. Add an air of sophistication with wainscoting

    Whether you’re a fan of the crisp lines of board and batten, the classic beauty of traditional picture frame wainscoting or the coastal charm of breadboard, if executed properly, wainscoting can add character and charm to your hallway.

Thanks for stopping by to check out or 10 hallway decorating tips. Have fun refreshing your space!