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Before/After: How to Decorate a Narrow Entryway or Hallway

Hallways and entryways can be tricky business. Most people think that the space isn’t worth, or possible, glorifying because of its smaller size, but the truth is, it is one of the most important places in your home that requires your attention. Think about it it’s the first thing you and your guests see as they walk through your door. Shouldn’t you make a good first impression? 


If you’re sitting here reading this wide-eyed, listen up. 

First things first, don’t panic! You can absolutely decorate your hallway or entryway, even if it’s tiny! We’re here to help by giving you a go-to guide for decorating the perfect narrow entryway, or hallway. Check out our go-to tips below:

It seems wild to think that the above entryway was just dull and white. As an avid patterned wallpaper lover, I think the best way to brighten up a small space is with a little help of an accent wall. Small spaces don’t allow much room for furniture, so really the best (and most efficient) option is to take it to the walls! This pink flamingo patterned wallpaper is a little out there, but heywe’re here to experiment! After all, it’s all about the ~details~ isn’t it? 

Speaking of details, let’s take a closer look at them. Your transformation should include (but is not limited to): 

  1. Play with peel and stick wallpaper

Hands down, the most underrated renter-friendly home hack is patterned wallpaper. If you’re in a renter space, try a peel and stick. They don’t harm the pre-existing paint and can be removed easily. It’s also a great way to dabble with new patterns and colors without the pressure of a permanent decision. You can also use real wallpaper (yes, that’s right!) and apply it using a product called liquid starch. 

  1. Add a mirror

It goes without saying that your bigger wall pieces are going to set the scene for your transformation; a wallpaper and mirror. Once you’ve picked a pattern (*see below for help), it’s time to find the perfect hanging mirror. Perhaps one that is unique in its own way. Having a mirror in an entryway or hallway is a great way to get the illusion of expanding your space without actually having to do it. And it also comes in handy when you need to check yourself one last time before heading out the door. Bonus? Purchase a mirror with a shelf on it OR install a narrow shelf underneath for some surface space. 

Photo: Carly @mycityapartment

  1. A decorative hallway runner

A runner is one of those staple hallway pieces that people buy out of convenience, but I buy for the look. Not only do guests not trek the pesky outdoors in, but having a runner is a great way to help compliment the other pieces you have hanging on the wall. It also helps draw the eye forward. 

  1. Incorporate hooks

Once you come up with a theme, in this case, bold or boho, you can start to fill in those minuscule details that are really just for you to enjoy. For your coat hooks, you can go gold or silver to help add detail. You can even incorporate artwork if you’d like, but don’t be afraid to own the blank space in a hallway! That’s what the patterned wallpaper is there for 🙂

* If you are a design rookie, I’ll leave you with this: Neutrals are safe, but if you really want to stand out and impress your guests, get the look by trying some of these colorful hallway products below. 


Bonus? If you want to leave your walls bare, try adding wallpaper to your door! I know it sounds weird, but I PROMISE it will look amazing, and be one of the coolest feature statements in your home.

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