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Friday, March 30, 2018

Hallway Update: How to Add Style to a Small Hallway

A small narrow hallway gets a sleek modern makeover with lots of contrast and texture.  

(Product for this post was provided by Minted.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Some affiliate links have been used.)

Hey hey, happy Friday!  Earlier this week I shared an update to our living room and today I have a little hallway makeover to share.  This little space has seen quite a few transformations throughout the years, including a floor to ceiling gallery wall, the addition of a new light and a dark painted accent wall.  Our hallway is a small narrow space, but that doesn't mean it has to lack style.  So, with a little paint, unique accessories and beautiful personalized art I gave our little narrow hallway another makeover, full of contrast and texture.   It now looks and feels much more like us and I just love looking down the hall and seeing the beautiful custom silhouettes of my kids. 

high contrast hallway makeover


A small space doesn't have to be a boring space.  A hallway is a great place to add fun wallpaper, an accent wall or your favorite artwork or gallery wall.  For years, we had a gallery wall at the end of our hallway, but I was ready for a change and something a bit simpler.   

I've always been a fan of silhouettes (I have them in our bedroom), so it's probably no surprise that I replaced the busy gallery wall with two large custom silhouettes from minted.  I love walking down the hallway and seeing the gorgeous art of my kids. 

black and white silhouettes in a small narrow hallway
I chose to have them made in classic black and white with a sleek black metal frame, but there are so many options to choose from.  Simply take a picture of your kids, upload them to Minted and a designer will turn them into a custom silhouette.  

Profile pictures of the kids

How to order a silhouette through minted

Custom silhouettes from minted

Black and white silhouettes from Minted
They're the perfect focal piece and a nice contrast to the Iron Ore painted wall. 

Replacing the busy gallery wall with custom silhouettes allowed me to go a bit more bold with the runner for the hallway.   I tend to use pillows and baskets to add texture in our home, but since neither were options for our hallway, the addition of the geometric rug was a great alternative.  An added bonus is that it also hides dirt and pet hair, which we have a lot of in this house. 

adding texture to a narrow hallway

I kind of have a thing for unique restroom signs (I now have them on all three bathroom doors) so I couldn't resist adding these cute little brass men and women signs.   You know, just in case you didn't know where the bathroom was in our little house. 
Adding unique brass bathroom signs

vintage inspired brass men and women bathroom signs

Paint is one of my favorite quick and easy ways to inexpensively update a space.  I previously painted the back wall of our hallway Sherwin-Williams Iron ore and decided to continue the same color on the doors.  You know I love contrast and it sure does add a lot to this small narrow space. 

make a statement in a small narrow hallway with paint
I didn't paint the doors to the kid's bedrooms yet because I'm afraid it's going to be way too dark in their little hallway nook.   I'm sure I will eventually paint them, but for now, I simply hung another new piece of art, Mother Embrace.  It has so much special meaning and couldn't be more fitting for in between the kids rooms.
Tips for adding style to a boring hallway
I originally planned to hang it in our bedroom, but I love seeing it as I walk out of my room or into the kid's bedrooms.  It reminds me so much of when they were little and I would carry them into their rooms or rock them to sleep.  Ahh, where has the time gone?

We also updated our smoke/carbon Dioxide detectors to ones that have a 10-year sealed battery.  It was an inexpensive update that gave me piece of mind.   
Minted Mothers embrace artwork

Here's a little before and after to show just how much you can do in a small narrow hallway.  Add a gallery wall or keep it simple, either way, you can pack a lot of style in a small narrow space.
Before and after high contrast hallway makeover
Which look is your favorite?  As much as I enjoyed the gallery wall, I really love the sleek modern feel of the silhouettes and the added texture of the new geometric rug.  

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How to add style to a small narrow hallway


Paint Color: Sherwin-Williams Accessible Beige
Accent wall color: Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore
Door Color: Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore
Light: Lowe's
Silhouette Art: Minted
Mother Embrace Art: Minted
Brass bathroom signs:  Local friends can get them at Sweet Clover starting May 11th. 

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  1. Actually, both hallways are nice. The updated one looks less cluttered, which is nice.

  2. love the new artwork and love the new look of the hallway!

  3. Wow, I thought the before was lovely, but after seeing the after, all I can say is, stunning!

  4. I have a long narrow hallway, so you gave me some good ideas on how to make it more interesting! Thanks!