It’s easy to obsess about the design details in your kitchen, bathroom or living room. But what about your hallways? Many of us forget to decorate them — and it’s a missed opportunity.
“No one ever thinks of those passageways, but you’re in them more often than you realize,” said Allison Lind, an interior designer in Seattle. “Why wouldn’t you utilize every inch of that space to do something personal and interesting?”
Decorating your hall not only makes it feel like more of a destination, it also improves the feeling of your home, said David Frazier, an interior designer in New York: “Dressing it up helps it feel like it’s not just a service space, and elevates all the rooms that open off of it, too.”
Phillip Thomas, a New York-based designer who has used scenic wallpapers from Gracie and de Gournay depicting large-scale trees, flowers and birds.
mural artist to realize something more elaborate.
Or you could do what the ancient Romans did and add a fresco. “What makes a fresco a fresco is that it’s painted with earth and mineral pigments suspended in water that are applied directly onto freshly applied lime plaster,” said Mariel Capanna, an artist who teaches the medium at Williams College and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Ms. Capanna recently completed a hallway fresco for a family in Palo Alto, Calif., depicting elements from their daily lives — furniture, clothing, vehicles, flowers and other things.
Compared with paint, “there’s a very different texture” to a fresco, she said. “You can get really rich color, but also a very matte, chalky quality.”