A lot of new houses don’t have hallways. I think that’s unfortunate. I like hallways, but it’s hard to know what to do with them. Long narrow spaces- it’s hard to decorate. I say- make it a feature. For our hallway, we painted on side orange. It is hard to get the color right in the photos since there’s no natural light coming in but it’s a more intense orange- like at the end of the hallway. I wanted to give it a real art gallery look so we added track lighting to point at the photos. The frames I got at Aaron Brothers on a buy 1 get one for a penny sale. All the pictures I took myself on vacation. I don’t have a fancy camera or any photography skills (obviously by the look of these photos) but if you take photos outdoors then crop and send them to be enlarged at shutterfly or snapfish they look good enough to frame.
We have stained concrete in the back of our house. You can read more about that HERE.
If you can get it to work, hanging pictures on the wall that have some of the same colors of the paint behind it really help the colors pop (you can’t tell but the photo and the wall are similar colors. I took this photo from my striped bathroom- you can see that HERE.
Here’s a close up of the track fixture we got. Don’t you just love the popcorn ceilings. I could do a whole post on how I don’t understand why anyone would ever put Styrofoam balls on the ceiling but I’ll spare you of that. We didn’t scrape them before we moved in and now the task just seems to overwhelming. I would love to have all my ceilings painted- so imagine that it is.
Here’s a view from the other side of the hallway. The non-orange wall is painted Sherwin Williams Toasted Almond- pretty much my favorite color ever. It looks better than it does in the picture… promise.
This end of the hallway holds my diplomas and licenses. I work in a cubicle so I don’t have a place to hang them at the office and, well, they just don’t go in my home office so this worked out to be the best place for them. I paid too much for them to have them shoved in a closet.
My last “trick”. Try hanging the artwork differently than just straight down the hall. I took the biggest picture and lined up all the rest either with the top or bottom edge of that picture. It’s a little unexpected but not too crazy.
Here’s some close up’s of my photos. I’m telling you- it’s all about the cropping and the size. If you have been afraid to put your own photos on the wall- don’t be. It really makes it special and gives you an instant conversation topic when you are giving a tour of your home.
Thanks for visiting. This week I’m linking up with:
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Made it for Monday @ Cottage Instincts
Make Your Monday @ Twice Remembered
Room A Month Makeover @ The Shades of Pink
Toot Your Horn Tuesday @ Silly Little Sparrow
Power of Paint @ Domestically Speaking
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Please check out all the links. You will find amazing designs by talented people. I’m blown away at every one I see… and their blogs- amazing!