Need help with long, narrow, white hallway!

ridzikSeptember 1, 2013
This is a long narrow hallway that leads to 3 bedrooms. I like open spaces so not sure what to do about it. I painted it white to see if it looks wider, but looking for your suggestions. Thanks!
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inkwitch
A "carpet runner" in a color -- perhaps 2 -- would break up the length of it somewhat, and provide visual interest.

A stripe of color along it's length -- perhaps even seveal stripes -- could break up the absolute length (this thing looks like something out of "The Shining"!!). Search houzz for hall solutions -- there's bound to be several versions of this problem.
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Laurence Tillett
I think you've got a good start on a "gallery wall"....more artwork (and even a few mirrors) on at least one side, and can you angle the ceiling lights to shine on that wall. Then, a soft colorful runner on the floor, and voila! Drab to Fab!
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Alex
Laurence and inkwitch are both right, get some artwork and mirrors on the wall and, not one, but two runners as in inkwitch's picture - this helps give the long corridor a feel of being broken up instead of one long road. I would also opt for some stylish lighting not low hanging to make light the space up.
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carolins
If you're up for it, you could paint the back wall and door a dark colour.
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And indeed, stylish lighting:
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ridzik
Thank you for all suggestions! I really like "clean" look of The Spine and really would like to open that hallway up. I know I probably have to contact contractor, but do any of you think these walls are the supporting walls or can they be just knocked down?:)
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inkwitch
So rather than deal with the hallway, you want to open it up to rooms? More than likely, at least 1 wall is load-bearing, given the length of the hallway. A contractor would be able to tell you which.

Before committing to this, draw out the floor plan without whichever wall can be removed (and it's possible that the one that can be removed is going to be the wrong one), to see how the sight-lines and traffic patterns change. Nothing is more disconcerting than to have the front door look directly into a bathroom (can't tell you how many houses are designed this way! I've lived in several.). You may opt to remove a shorter amount of wall after you've done this.
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hoffycom
Simple wainscoting , new doors, and lighting fixtures , with an accent of wallpaper, helped transformed our hallway.
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