Selecting Art for Tricky Spaces: Long and Narrow Hallways

Are you the proud owner of a long, unadorned hallway? You have the perfect space to create your own art gallery. Knowing how to decorate a long expanse of wall may seem tricky, but with a few simple tips you can create a beautiful, stylish space that you’ll enjoy strolling through.

1. Consider the view. Narrow hallways restrict viewing space, which can make large scale pieces difficult to appreciate. The up-close, intimate viewing area in a hallway gives groupings of smaller scale or highly-detailed pieces a place to shine. 

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2. Make a statement. If there’s empty wall space at the end of your hallway, consider hanging a large scale statement piece or displaying a piece of sculpture. You’ll draw the eye forward and make a long hallway seem less cavernous.

3. Eclectic or classic? Classic, geometric and uniformly framed groupings look just as at home in a narrow hallway as an eclectic mix of frames and artwork. Let your personal style and preference call the shots.

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4. Reflect your style. Consider hanging custom-framed mirrors to reflect light and provide visual interest in a dark hallway. Mirrors can lighten and brighten enclosed halls and make the space feel larger than it is.

5. Light it up. Don’t invest in artwork without considering proper lighting. If the available overhead light isn’t sufficient, consider installing picture lights, which are available in a variety of styles and finishes to complement your décor and framing. They’ll amp up your art display and subtly illuminate a dark hallway.