How to improve long hallway
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Try it, you can always fill the nail holes in with toothpaste!
Hi there, it very much depends on what you are putting inside the frames - plain black/white prints or multicoloured? I like the natural timber frames which will add warmth and look fantastic with a black & white print, especially as there is a lot of white already in the walls and floors. If you are having black and white prints I would suggest instead of the three colour frames combo having mainly the timber, with two or three of the black frames, and then balancing the look with a natural seagrass or sisal runner which will echo the tone of the timber frames and add further warmth to the area (you can also get black edging on sisal runners which looks very elegant and would tie in with the black frames). But if your prints are multi-coloured then keep the timber frames but swap the few black frames for the white frames instead - and Id still consider the seagrass runner as I really think it would beautifully compliment those timber frames.
I definitely think, using the same colour frames will create a more harmonious space. Because it is quite narrow you won’t want to create holes for a range of frames that are just going to look cluttered. If however you really really love the different frames, then perhaps stay with white, or black. Not both :)
I had the same problem, Anzella - what to do with a long, empty hallway - without closing it in, and without multiple pieces of art work and frames blowing the budget, but whilst also avoiding one or two pieces looking disproportionate and there still being big blank spots.
It’s not totally finished off yet, but this may solve some of your probs too. I bought a mitre saw and did it myself - so anyone can do it! I sold the saw as soon as I finished with it, so even cheaper than hiring!
Thanks, anzella. I’m pretty rapt with the outcome so far. I’ve only just done it. I still have to pretty it up with a few ornaments, fill and paint some gaps etc, but it’s getting there! I got so keen to see a glimpse of the end result I skipped a few bits!
The big advantage is the faux wainscoting makes the whole hallway look decorated, as opposed to just one wall, or one little area. And a friend said it definitely makes the hall appear wider as well. (I was concerned it would close it in).
The job really didn’t take that long, so don’t be too put off. I spent more time measuring and re-measuring and recalculating and triple checking the size of the wainscoting frames and the gaps than anything else. The trick is to make sure the gaps between the panels are all the same. Check out some how to’s on YouTube. I opted for quite wide (630mm) frames with a 270mm gap. This gives the illusion of more space; well, compared to the examples that have smaller frames and are only 100mm apart. I thought they looked a bit too ‘busy’.
I was nervous about using the saw, but it turned out to be very easy. I still have all my digits! Liquid nails and a spirit level took care of the rest. I’d never worked with timber before, so if I can - you can too! I prepainted the timber before it was cut, and pre-assembled the frames prior to gluing them to the wall. And it wasn’t an expensive project either. Even the extras were cheapies. The narrow hall table is a Hayman from Fantastic Furniture $89, Target pot $39, Target rattan circle $20, Kmart hat rail $11 + about $15 for a couple of hats to throw on it.
I‘ve seen a similar effect done without the timber chair rail or wainscoting - just with two paint colours. If that appeals to you, it‘s less work! Tbh, doesn’t have quite the same ‘wow’, but it’s nice n simple and it can work just fine. It still has the valuable effect of making the whole area look decorated/balanced. Maybe combine that (or go the faux wainscoting) with the great print layout in your pic. I’m sure it’d look great! And like I said, if I can do it, you can too! :-)
Sing out if you’re thinking about doing anything similar and have any more Q’s.
Wanna see something really scary? Check out what the hallway looked like before the floorboards and skylight! Big diff. Huge!