April 15, 2013 by Decorum DIYer
Happy Monday, all!
In keeping with my personal goal of transforming my 1960’s rancher, I’d like to share with you a moodboard for our dark, narrow, long hallway.
“Who needs a moodboard for a hallway?”, you may be asking yourself.
Well, I do.
Allow me to show you my dismal hallway:
As I said, it is long (just over 19 feet), dark, and narrow. There isn’t room for a stick of furniture and the walls and ceiling are perforated with doors, vents, lights, and the like.
We usually keep all of the doors closed (that is why it is so dark), so that our youngest doesn’t venture into the bedrooms and bathroom without an adult. Trust me, only trouble is awaiting him on the other side of those doors.
The ceiling has four (4), count them, 1-2-3-4, elements that must be tamed.
The ever important, but unattractive, smoke detector/carbon monoxide alarm:
The whole house fan, which is covered by a sheet of plywood
to keep out drafts during the winter:
Attic access door and drop-down ladder:
And, we have one hall light of which I am not very fond.
I don’t mind the light itself, but I don’t like it aesthetically, nor functionally, for the hallway.
Here is our hallway with the light on:
We still have a baby gate on my daughter’s room. Since Ascher is still in a crib (although he has been known to crawl out onto the changing table. Hey, it’s a small room and the proximity of the furniture cannot be avoided.), we use the gate on Claire’s door as a way to keep her door open (for light into the hallway and to have an earshot of her when she is in her room alone) and keep Ascher out of her room. Our rule for Ascher is that he is not allowed in any of the rooms without an adult, as there is simply too much for him to get into, both to make a mess and injure himself.
If Ascher is asleep, we keep all of the doors open for light (except his door, of course). It is a bit better:
As to functionality (can you tell I spend a lot of time thinking about the hallway lighting situation?), I’d like to create some dutch doors for all of the bedroom doors. I think the bathroom door should maintain itself fully intact, don’t you?
(Via ‘The Diligent One‘)
I’d also like to change out the basement door (the first one on the left) to a nine or twelve lite door.
Something like this:
I think the above would do the following:
- Give the hallway some character and break up the bevy of boring doors
- Provide natural light to the equally narrow and dark basement stair well
- Allow individuals to see other individuals entering/exiting the basement to avoid accidents. Currently, one is blindly opening the basement door into the hallway when returning to the first floor.
- The 3/4 window style would still allow for our cat door. We keep the basement door closed and locked at all time to avoid unintended falls down the basement stairway, mostly by our youngest one. He is tall enough to reach the door knob. It is only a matter of time before he figures out how to turn the door knob handle.
Aside from these practical conundrums, I want to elevate the hallway into an attractive and functional space; not just a passageway.
Here’s my vision:
Please visit my ‘Hallway’ Pinterest page to view above items and original sources.
Here are the changes and additions, I’d like to make:
- Maintain the current wall color of Valspar’s ‘Lyndhurst Mushroom’ (also currently my living room color), but paint the trim a creamy white
- Paint all of the doors a high gloss black
- Refashion all of the bedroom doors into dutch doors (the lower and upper halves of the door function independently)
- Replace the basement door with a 9 or 12 lite, 3/4 window style door
- Install bead board on the ceiling and paint it a creamy white
- Cover the attic access door and house fan cover (really just a sheet of plywood) with the bead board for a more seamless and cohesive look
- Change out the hallway light. I have several options in mind: flush mount drum shade; track lighting to focus on family tree, gallery, and artwork; or a combination flush mount with multiple lights that move independently
- Paint a tree on the 75″ wall (the wall on the right) and add family photos in the form of a genealogical tree.
- Hang a grid gallery high on the 117″ wall (the wall to the left) that features current photos of my children
- Create a rotating, clothesline, children’s artwork display under the grid gallery on the 117″ wall
- Update the floor runner, new pattern/color?
So, what are your thoughts?
Can you see my vision?
Do you have any suggestions or pearls of wisdom from experience?
I’d love to hear from you!
Until next time…, happy decorating!