Today I thought I’d talk about one of the overlooked spaces in the home and that's the not-so-humble hallway. This necessary space gets us from place to place, but is often overlooked as a place to bring glamor and beauty to the home, so let’s fix that, shall we?
Longtime readers of this blog know of my obsession with the great American designer, Dorothy Draper, so I thought I’d start this post with a favorite image from her well-known masterwork, the Greenbriar Hotel. It’s grand, but also happy with all that color, accented by crisp black and white.
Halls have the ability to be so much more than a pass-through space. If you study the image below, you’ll see just how long the hallway is, and that could be oppressive in a residential space. But Steven Gambrel made this extra-long hall cozy, with built-in shelving and window seat nooks so it doubles as a impromptu library.
A long hallway can also be a great spot to house a gallery collection of large artworks, here creatively framed multilples of family portraits. Love this idea.
In this hall, the multiple arches and groin vault ceilings were the stars, so I selected an antique Persian runner, and old world lantern-style chandeliers to complement, not compete, with the architecture, and added a few special pieces of furniture and art at the end as a focal point.
The wall of metal casement windows could have made this hallway feel coldly modern, but the designer warmed things up with a pecky cypress ceiling and sliding door for a modern farmhouse chic feel.
Sometimes, a hall is filled with so many doors and openings it’s difficult to decorate, so the choice of a floor runner is key! The pink door and furry friend don’t hurt to liven things up either.
For more hallway inspiration, please visit my “Hall Monitor” Pinterest board.