our hallway

Would you ever believe that a hallway is the room that has caused me the most design-related heartburn?

Reminder of where we started…


And here’s what our hallway looks like today:


I have low expectations for this space, basically I want it to knock your socks off the minute the door opens and set the tone for the rest of the apartment. Easy, right?

It felt like I hit the jackpot when I found the Turkish runner. I purchased it from this Ebay seller, Turkish Kilim, (here’s a similar runner), and I spotted my runner’s doppelganger for sale through Furbish a few months ago. (Side note, love this Furbish runner as well.) It’s bright and beautiful, but is also busy enough to hide any imperfections in this high traffic space.

The tree photography on canvas is by Toronto artist, Steven Beckly, and was purchased via his Etsy store. Something about this image really resonates with me, I’m strangely drawn to the cuffs of the velvety jacket sleeves.* I think it works perfectly on this wall, connected to both the living room and hallway.

Originally, I wanted to wallpaper the space with this David Hicks blue/grey and gold print. I ordered a sample and it was as fabulous as I’d hoped, but the blue/grey looked really purple and I thought it would end up being too dark. Plus, the hallway has too many cuts and corners which would make wallpapering it the biggest pain in life.



Instead I painted it grey, using Benjamin Moore Smoke Embers on the walls and Super White on the trims. The intent was for the linen closet and doors to pop against the grey. It’s not as contrasty as in the inspiration picture, but the softer grey actually works better to keep the space light. You may also notice that I’m using Smoke Embers for the trim in our living room. In my mind that small connection feels like a subtle wink.

While there’s much to do, the decisions to be made hold a lot of weight.


The pendants are basically a done deal. So done, I insist that we live without the boob light covers until the pendants are bought and hung.

The artwork, as you can see, is a source of contention within my own head. We have two unsightly, awkwardly placed electrical boxes on the main hallway wall, plus there’s an HVAC box along the top. I’ve (tentatively) established the following criteria for the hallway art: 1-2 pieces which fill the majority of the wall, potentially add wired-in sconces on either side, and the artwork must have plenty of white in it to keep the space light. You can bet there will be one post, if not a week of posts on this heavily debated topic.

I haven’t thought too much about the hardware, but I know I want to replace the cheap-looking nickel business we have now.

If the above are the “to do’s”, below are the “to considers”:



See how a hallway can get complicated?

*Weirdest sentence I’ve ever written.

Image/Product Sources: Grey and White inspiration by Miki Duisterhof via Desire to InspireSchoolhouse Electric Luna pendant, (artwork clockwise from top left) Large Scale inspiration via Elle DecorOne Kings Lane Colorful Strokes Diptych,  Family Tree Mural on the wall of One Girl CookiesEmily Jeffords Hope Rising LandscapeAbstract Wood Sculpture by Naya StudioSchoolhouse Electric Radcliffe Knob, Schoolhouse Electric Edgecliff Pull, Rejuvenation Oil-rubbed Bronze Plain Doorknob, Rejuvenation Lewis Switchplate

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