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5 Ways to Make Your Small Hallway Pop

September 30, 2021

Optimize space with a hidden door.

Hallways are often a forgotten space in everyone's homes. While it's the preferred spot for many families to store their everyday essentials and, of course, lead you to other areas in your home, it's usually not at the top of homeowners' redesign list. Decorating your hallway in a thoughtful manner is a surefire way to make your entire home feel more stylish and inviting. When space is limited, however, designing a beautiful yet practical hallway may not seem possible. Luckily, with a few simple tips from Murphy Door, it can be. Here's what you should know to get the most out of your small hallway in no time.

1. Choose the Right Furnishings

Just because your hallway is narrow doesn't mean that you can add furniture to make it more practical for your family's needs. However, hallway furniture is certainly not one-size-fits-all. Be sure to choose pieces that prioritize function while adding to the overall style of your home. 

For instance, a small bench, table, or shelving unit can effortlessly elevate the comfort and usefulness of your hallway, particularly if it connects to your front door. On the other hand, if a piece of furniture isn't proving to be practical,  don't hesitate to let it go.

2. Less Is More

Before buying pieces to decorate your small hallway, remember: less is more. Rather than overwhelming the space with lots of furnishings, wall hangings, and accessories that can make it feel small and dark, be sure to choose fewer decorations that make a more powerful statement. Here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • Add a bright runner to bring color, pattern, and texture.
  • Hang an oversized mirror to open it up and give the illusion of the space being larger than it is.
  • Choose light paint, wallpaper, and furniture to help your hallway feel bright and fresh.

3. Embrace Vertical Decor

Sure, minimalist home decor is one approach to help make your hallway feel more spacious, but it isn't everyone's cup of tea. If you love over-the-top home design, don't fret. It's possible to put a bold touch on your small hallway without going overboard. The trick is to decorate vertically. Check out these tips to help you do just that:

  • Bring in fun wallpaper with vertical stripes.
  • Position pictures or artwork in pairs, one on top of the other.
  • Hang floating shelves to display your favorite home decor, open up floor space, and draw the eye up.

4. Light It Up

When it comes to opening up a tiny hallway, don't underestimate the power of the right light fixtures. If your hallway is too dark, it will likely feel small, closed in, and unwelcoming. On the other hand, a well-lit hallway can help the space feel balanced and warm. With this in mind, be sure to illuminate your small hallway with a variety of light sources, such as floor lamps, table lamps, and recessed lighting, to ensure it exudes comfort and style.

5. Optimize Space With a Hidden Door

It's no secret that incorporating white features into a space can make it feel big and bright. With this in mind, replacing an ordinary door in your small hallway with a crisp white Flush Mount Bookcase Door is a wonderful way to optimize your limited space. Not only will the gorgeous white finish be sure to open the space up, but the built-in shelving will provide plenty of room to store everything from your family's everyday essentials and your favorite novels to framed photos and trendy home accessories. 

Finding the perfect hidden door solution for any space in your home is simple. Visit Murphy Door online today to browse our large selection of bookcase doors, mirror doors, dresser doors, and more.



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