What to Hang in a Hallway

The hallway can be one of the more challenging areas of the home to decorate. It’s long, it’s narrow, and if left blank, it can look not just boring, but unwelcoming. The challenge of what to hang in a hallway is one our clients often ask us to come in to help solve, so we figured we’d share some of our favorite hallway looks from work we’ve done. Our general theory for decorating the hallway: is more is more. A few photos spread down the hall looks nice, but a floor-to-ceiling gallery wall or a cluster of photos at one end makes such a beautiful impact.

Here are a few of the best examples of “maximalist” gallery walls we’ve created in hallways.
1. This first project is a family photo wall we created in the hallway of a New York home. (Talk about a walk down memory lane!) What better place to showcase family photos than in a public, heavily trafficked area of the home?
2. Here’s another example of a family photo wall in a more contemporary hallway with a chair rail. Keeping the walls of the hallway a crisp white give it a gallery-like feel.
3. We’re also big proponents of taking risks in the hallway, like in this example from one of our clients, below, who used matted frames in a contrasting color from the wall. You can get away with bold design more easily in a hallway, since it’s a pass-through space.
peacock blue wall
4. Another high contrast look, this time, the homeowner used white picture frames to brighten up a dark blue hallway.
hallway gallery wall
Hope you’re feeling inspired! If you need help hanging a hallway arrangement of your own, get in touch, we’d be happy to help!