The #1 Overlooked Space That People *Always* Forget to Decorate

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WORDS BY Rebecca Deczynski

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Published on September 13, 2023

Hallways can be a bit of a design puzzle. Long or short, dimly lit or starkly white, these kinds of spaces are rife with design possibilities. But due to the obvious lighting and space constraints, hallways are often left to the bottom of the decor priority list — it’s not uncommon to see a large, spacious hallway left completely untouched. 

But, whether you have a long hallway connecting a few rooms, a difficult corner, or a stairwell that feels just a bit too empty, the right styling tricks can make a big difference. And with these designer-approved hallway wall decor ideas in mind, you can strategize how to update your own home by making the most of vertical space with art and shelves, getting creative with consoles, using plants to bring some life in, and more. No hallway is too small to be ignored — instead, you can view your most awkward thresholds as a fun design challenge.

Don’t be afraid to experiment and try different arrangements of art and furniture before you figure out what works well for your space. If you need some more inspiration before you get started, check out Havenly designer Kasee Smith’s favorite hallway wall decor ideas below.

1. The picture-perfect vignette

hallway wall decor ideas

A large-scale piece of artwork alone would make this hallway look great — but a full vignette, featuring a sculptural stool and narrow console table, brings extra depth to this small space. Not to mention, a table lamp serves as both form and function, brightening up the hall.

2. The organized entry

hallway wall decor ideas

It can be easy to let clutter pile up in an entry hallway — in which case, a console table with a fair bit of storage makes a great option. A mirror helps to open up the space, while fresh florals make this hub look extra welcoming.

3. The neutral corner

hallway wall decor ideas

Only have an odd sliver of wall to work with? You can do more with it than you may realize. Just take this coastal-inspired console: Baskets provide storage for space throws or accessories, while a dramatic arrangement of fresh branches adds a designer touch.

4. The slim console

hallway wall decor ideas

If you have a bit more hallway space to work with, make the most of the opportunity. A large but slim console adds ample storage with a minimal footprint, plus extra surface space for cute decor. Finish the look with oversized duo art prints

5. The petite nook

hallway wall decor ideas

When your space is a bit awkwardly shaped, a custom solution can yield great results. Case in point: These built-in shelves, which liven up what would otherwise be an empty corner. Finished with plants, books, and woven touches, the look feels considered and chic.

6. The modern gallery wall

hallway wall decor ideas

Take a cue from Harry Potter, but make it modern by arranging a mis-matched gallery wall alongside your staircase. Bonus points for experimenting with different frames, art styles, and print sizes!

7. The inspiration hub

hallway wall decor ideas

Have a spare corner and want a space where you can sit, pour over coffee table books, and just enjoy a cup of tea or coffee? Consider this interior proof that dramatic pedestal tables don’t just have to be relegated to the kitchen or dining room. A monochromatic white-on-white palette helps it from overwhelming the small space.

8. The wall of fame

hallway wall decor ideas

Family photos are a lovely way to make a house or apartment feel like home. To elevate them, print them out in black and white and arrange them in perfectly aligned, minimalist frames. Artistic and endearing! 

9. The shelfie

hallway wall decor ideas

If you’re in a rental or a built-in option feels like a large undertaking, consider a ladder bookshelf like this for a cool, modern look. It’s a functional piece, of course, but looks best when styled with decorative mementos and some greenery. 

10. The welcome bench

hallway wall decor ideas

Not only does a small bench make for a great place to take your shoes off at the end of a long day — it also looks great when styled with a throw and some pillows. A large plant arranged on top of a few coffee table books completes this stylish hallway vignette. 

11. The wallpapered wonder

hallway wall decor ideas

Love patterned wallpaper, but worried that it might overwhelm your living room or bedroom? Use it in a small hallway instead! A smaller space looks lively with a pop of color and a few pieces of framed artwork.

12. The statement artwork

hallway wall decor ideas

If you have a larger piece of art that you really want to showcase, give it the star treatment by “framing” it with duo monochromatic wall sconces that virtually blend into the wall behind them. A console table, books, woven baskets, and fresh blooms add texture and interest, without drawing attention away from the portrait. 

13. The pedestal table display

hallway wall decor ideas

Have a small nook to fill along your staircase or upstairs hallway? Take notes from actress Odette Annable and opt for a sleek pedestal table topped with simple yet chic decor: matte black candle holders, neutral coffee table books, oversized sculptural branches, and a touch of natural jute.

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Words by Rebecca Deczynski