I actually worked on a house project yesterday! It felt really good to get back in there and get my hands dirty again. I worked so slowly that I didn’t even get far enough along to show you anything exciting, but I’ll try again for tomorrow. At least the hallway cabinets are in progress!
In the meantime, I’ve been trying to think of what I want to do with the walls in the hallway. Like I mentioned yesterday, this hallway is more of an open rectangle, like a small room, rather than a long and narrow hallway that you have in most houses. I edited yesterday’s post around noon to add this, so some of you may have missed it, but it shows not only the placement of the hallway cabinets, but also the shape of the hallway.
That hallway is bigger than the hallway bathroom, and almost as big as my kitchen! Matt loves it because he can maneuver around in there much easier than he could in a long, narrow hallway.
But you can see that while it is kind of like a room in itself, it does have five doorways leading into it, so once the floor-to-ceiling, 48-inch-wide cabinets go in, there’s not really a whole lot of wall space left. Most people might ignore it, but I think it’s a great opportunity to do something bold and colorful that I might not otherwise do in a larger room where I would be spending quite a bit of time.
The only current limitation to what I do on the hallway walls is that the music room walls are clearly visible from the hallway. Those walls have a white and light gray trellis stenciled design on them.
So that rules out any kind of geometric design on the hallway walls. I’ve looked and looked for inspiration, and there are four ideas that really appeal to me — (1) big, bold floral, (2) stripes, (3) colorful marbled, and (4) blended ombre.
I think a big, bold floral pattern in the hallway would look amazing. I’d love something like this design, but with color rather than neutrals. And it wouldn’t have to be multi-colored. Just green and white, or teal and white, would be beautiful.
But I also love colorful florals. I’ve had my eye on this wallpaper from Anthropologie for quite some time now. I wouldn’t actually use this wallpaper, though. It’s much too heavy on the yellows, pinks, and oranges, and way too thin on the blues and greens to go in my house. But I could use this large scale design as inspiration for my own handpainted design using colors that would work better in my home.
Stripes are always a favorite of mine, and there are a thousand ways to do a striped design. This has been a favorite of mine for quite some time now, with the tiny white stripes separating the wider stripes.
Some of you are going to think this is crazy and too busy, but I’ve had this idea saved in my “house ideas” file for years now. I’m sure you’ve seen examples of people using marbleized paper to cover their walls.
You can buy those marbleized papers ready to use, but of course, finding the exact color you want might be a challenge. So for the longest time now, I’ve wanted to attempt marbleizing my own papers using custom colors, and then using those papers on a wall. That has been one of those “someday I want to try this” projects that I’ve had in my file for years now. And since my hallway doesn’t have much wall space, this might be the perfect time to try it. Of course, it could be a complete flop, but it would be fun trying!
And the finally there’s this blended ombre wall design that I’ve also wanted to try for a while now.
Isn’t that amazing?! I love it because it kind of has that watercolory look to it that I love so much, but I think it would also be pretty easy to do, and much less time-consuming than the other designs.
If I were forced to choose which one I like the best right now, I’d go for the last blended ombre design. But ask me in an hour, and I could be leaning towards stripes. 😀 The only thing I know for sure is that my hallway walls will have something other than one solid paint color on them.