First of all, let me warn you: wallpapering with your significant other can be challenging. Hah! But really- it’s kind of a big project to take on by yourself. It was awesome to have a helper, but we are just two totally different kind of wall paperers (if that’s a real word?). You definitely have to go in with a plan. We spent an entire weekend wallpapering our tiny hallway, but I think it was worth it and we survived. Take a look!
The hallway was one of the last areas in the house we finished. After the drywall was complete, we added wainscoting and trim. I think they help the original built-in look more seamless. I knew I wanted to wallpaper above the wainscoting. I looked high and low, searching for floral prints from one extreme to another- from white to black. As much as I love the dark wallpaper trend right now, our house is just too small. We needed a print that would reflect as much as light as possible.
The wallpaper I landed on was designed by Joy Cho and I’m delighted she featured our hallway renovation on her blog yesterday; you can find it here. I love the way the taupe floral print contrasts with the wainscoting and accents the light fixture. It’s just bright enough.
I already had finished the light fixture prior to selecting wallpaper; it was actually a DIY I found online. The fixture is from the Home Depot, if you can believe that. It was really an inexpensive and easy project! We’ve received tons of compliments on this light and it’s the cheapest one in our house. If you like the look, you can find the tutorial here.
The built-ins took a lot of work. We stripped and sanded them before applying fresh primer and paint. I found the gorgeous hardware at Anthropologie.
Hallways are tricky spaces, but I think we did pretty well with this one. Does anyone have other tricks to add interest to a boring hallway? I’d love to hear more ideas!