Plans For My Long Dark Boring Hallway Makeover

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Having a long dark hallway doesn’t have to be boring, come see my ideas for a makeover!

Long, dark, boring hallways full of doors – a lot of us have them.  In my particular case, my hallway is about 15′ long, has four doors in it and two cold air vents located on one wall.  It has two can lights, a missing smoke alarm and gets zero natural light.

When we first looked at this house, the hallway had light pink carpet, the walls were painted a dingy neutral color and  there were pink bulbs in the can lights.  All of the trim in the family room and foyer, which connect to the hallway, was stained instead of painted.  Oh my goodness – it was something else and I don’t mean that in a good way.

A long dark hallway with a rug.Pin

Giving our long hallway a makeover shouldn’t be a difficult or very time consuming project, but it definitely needs to be done.  It runs off of our family room and foyer, which have both already had their makeovers, so the hallway is just sitting there like a big dark dungeon.

We did most of the major remodeling projects before we moved into this house a little over three years ago, so I guess you could say that my to-do list goes way back to then.

  • Paint walls (Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige) and trim (Sherwin Williams Extra White)
  • Remove carpeting and extend hardwood flooring down the entire hallway
  • Add a carpet runner
  • Replace missing smoke detector
  • Replace can lights with up to date fixtures
  • Add board and batten to the walls
  • Add artwork
  • Add decorative touchesArrows to where the makeover will occur.Pin

Work finally got underway in this space a couple of weeks ago and here’s how the hallway is looking today.

The long hallways painted a bright white and the carpet removed.Pin

Even though the board and batten still has to be painted, I’m amazed at how much I love the added texture that it brings to the space!  I can’t wait to see how much brighter the whole area will be once that part of the walls is painted bright white.

Here’s a look at the mood board that I created to show you all of the other elements I’ve already chosen for the space.  Once purchases have been made and put into place, I’ll provide a full resource list.

Plans For My Long Dark Boring Hallway MakeoverPin

If you’d like to see before and after’s of all of the other room makeovers that we’ve completed in this house so far, click HERE.



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  1. Looking good! Can’t wait to see the finished hallway!

  2. Jan Fusco says:

    Looking good. I can’t wait to see the finished project.

  3. Donna koles says:

    Wow! You sure know how to make a hallway beautiful! Looking forward to seeing the finished project!

  4. Linda kelly says:

    Suzy, can you tell me where you plan to purchase the leaf prints? Thanks so much.


    1. I would line to know about the leaf prints as well. They are very nice

      1. Hi Nancy. These prints are the kind that you download and print yourself. I haven’t actually purchased them yet, but I found them on Etsy by doing a search for ‘digital download oak leaf prints’.

    2. Hi Linda. These prints are the kind that you download and print yourself. I haven’t actually purchased them yet, but I found them on Etsy by doing a search for ‘digital download oak leaf prints’.

  5. This is going to be awesome!

  6. The board and batten looks great. I can’t wait to see it painted and to see your finished hallway.

  7. Your hallway will be so much more interesting! Anxious to see the changes! 😉

  8. Marcie Stell says:

    It’s already looking great!

  9. I can’t wait to see the final results. And I love the idea of printable artwork. I am definitely going to be checking that out in the near future!

  10. Already so so different. It looks inviting even half finished.

  11. I am going to be starting a hallway soon, as well, so was glad to get these ideas. Looking good!

  12. Kathy King says:

    Can’t wait to see the finish!! You have such great ideas.

  13. You are inspiring me to rethink my dark hallway/entry. Love the board and batten idea.

  14. I also have a long dark hallway. About 4 years ago, I replaced the wall to wall carpet with wood. Much more welcoming. I’ve always wanted to do more to the walls. The hall is broken up with 5 doors, one entrance and the HVAC cabinet so I just don’t think board and batten (which I love!) would look good. There are floor to ceiling linen closets on each end of the hall. They are very useful but not very decorative. Now you’ve got me thinking! Maybe molding on the cabinet doors? Maybe wainscoting on the walls?

  15. I love the board & batten, it’s going to look great!!!

  16. The hall looks better already with the wood flooring and the board and batten! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  17. Hi Suzy! I love the changes!! Such a timely post because I’ve got a long, dark hallway too. It definitely needs updating! I’ve been a little unsure of what to do. These ideas have given me some inspiration! Can’t wait to see it all together.

  18. Tina Sipe says:

    I think your ideas are great! The Leaves and Acorns prints make me chuckle! We have huge oak trees and my husband does not like all of the acorns at all! Wouldn’t he get a kick if I chose prints like yours! Inside joke, I guess. !!