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Hallway Painting


Published: 02/25/2012

 “Hallways are often a neglected area of the home and the last space to be given any colour consideration, yet they have great potential and are simple to beautify with a little paint and planning.”

For starters, it’s important to take into account the size of the space being painted and its visual relationship to surrounding
rooms, Goldman advises. “As with any other room in the house, the amount of lighting in the area is also an important consideration, especially because hallways tend to be tunnel-like.”


Goldman outlines a three-step guide to choosing the right paint colour for the job.


1. Create colour illusions.

Use colour to correct oddly shaped spaces, such as a hallway that is long and narrow. Paint the long walls a lighter colour and the far, short wall a darker colour to compress the space. 


Another way to create the effect of more volume in a hallway is to paint architectural details such as door frames, window frames, mouldings and trim the same shade as the walls. If you’re looking to add height to a closed-in space, a crisp white ceiling will do the trick.


2. Coordinate with adjacent rooms.

If the hallway has fixed openings to other rooms, choose paint colours that co-ordinate throughout the area to give the space visual flow. Rooms off the hallway that have doors, which can be closed, offer more colour freedom.


The general rule of thumb when it comes to painting small spaces is to use light, neutral colours like beige, grey or white to make the space look larger. Playing it safe with neutral colours also helps brighten up the area and ensure the hallway co-ordinates with colour schemes in adjoining rooms.


3. Deck the walls with creativity.

For hallways that can withstand more vibrant colour, yellow is an enduring favourite, ranging from mellow tones to
bright, cheery shades. Go for blue-based grey if the space gets some natural light and rose-based grey to add warmth. Icy pink or a pale green give the hallway a shabby chic touch, while antique whites and creams lend a classic look.

More dramatic colours like red, brown and even black – framed by light-coloured trim – can be used to create a stunning space. Keep in mind that since walls in the hallway are close together, the colour will appear more intense than it would in other rooms.

“No matter what colour you choose for your hallways, it’s critical to use the right paint product, since hallways are
high-traffic areas that take a lot of abuse,” Goldman says, explaining that highly durable, washable paints are recommended. Some new paints are specially formulated to resist chipping, scuffing and marking, and to allow dirt and stains to be easily removed.


“We pass through our home’s hallways likely more than any other space in the house, so we might as well ensure we enjoy the view for a long time to come,” says Goldman. “With these easy guidelines, transforming a hallway from drab to fab is as easy as 1-2-3.”  


For more tips on painting other rooms in the home, visit



Painting the far, short wall of a hallway a darker colour than the other walls – such as CIL’s Triple Olives on the far wall and
Cabbage Patch on the other surfaces – helps to compress the space.

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