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Kelly Nicole M.
December 10, 2012 in Design Dilemma
Ok, please be gentle (and ignore the mess on the kitchen table)! I need to redo my hallway and my creativity is blocked. Paint the console and/or mirror white? Take away the symmetrically placed wall art.... I NEED help!!!!
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decoenthusiaste
First things first! Your mirror is too wide for your console. Your mirror looks more like a floor mirror. Do you have a good spot where you could prop it vertically? It needs to reflect something beautiful or interesting, not the calendar we see now. Why don't you re-mat and frame the two bird pictures (I assume they're a pair?) Make them larger and give them frames the width of the console legs. Then stack them vertically to one side of the console. I'd put the bottom of the lowest one about 4" above the table top. Leave the width of one frame between them and stack the second one above it. Then place a tropical plant (maybe a Bird of Paradise) on the other side. Keep your eye open for a long interesting bowl or something else to place on the bottom shelf. Add an area rug with a tropical feeling and you're done!
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mpoulsom
It's not a horror... :)
If you feel like painting something I would paint the table some cool fun color, but not white. Maybe you should try hanging the mirror vertically instead of horizontally. I think I would probably leave the mirror the color it is. Maybe move the pictures closer to the mirror so that it's not so spread out.
You could add something to the top of the table. Not clutter it up, but add a lamp perhaps.

Don't know if there are kids etc???? I would not reccommend anything else until I know what your lifestyle is and if fragile tall items could be added on either side of the table..?
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Kelly Nicole M.
Thanks guys! Ok, say I remove everything on the walls. Should I put 2 or 3 long wall shelves over the console? My hall is very wide and fairly long. No kids, and I have plenty of items to place on the table. I guess my main concern is filling the wall space. I could do a gallery wall too but that would be lots of work.
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michigammemom
Hi Kelly, I agree that the present mirror is too large for your hall table and your small art pieces are lost on that big expanse of wall. Here's an example of a beautifully staged foyer table with a round mirror, lamps and decorative baskets on the lower shelf. Once you get the table decor complete, you may not need anything else on the wall.
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henry creative
Depending on the style of your home ie; traditional, modern, etc and where the hallway is in your home, there could be many options. Without knowing more details, I would put wainscoting along the bottom half of the wall painted to match your existing trim. This will brighten up a dark hallway, add visual interest to break up a long hallway, and create a dramatic focal point in an entry hallway.

The console and mirror can both be put back, the mirror won't seem to be "floating" anymore and the console will "pop" against the new backdrop. Depending on budget you could go one step further and add wall sconces also which would further add to the overall effect. Hope this helps!
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lefty47
HI -- I like your mirror hung that way . You have the room on that wall so here is what I think will work. Move your console the right end of the wall and hang the small pictures verticaly off centre to one side low over console with the bottom picture mere inches from top of console., then hang a bigger picture beside making sure they stay over the console , no wider. then add a lamp or a big vase. Now on the rest of the hall , have a long narrow backless bench that is the length of the mirror or a little longer and then rehang the mirror centered over the bench . Then you can add some decor pots etc. under console and you could also add decor items under and on the end of the bench like books or a throw . The top of the mirror should be about at the 5 and half foot height.
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Kelly Nicole M.
My style is contemporary with pops of color and some ethnic accents (Buddhas, ikat patterns..) I'm 28 years old and want a clean, fun, fresh yet exotic vibe to my home. My hall is way to big for just a dinky console. The length of the hall is 16 feet, and it's 7 feet wide. It separates the kitchen and living room.
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Kelly Nicole M.
Lefty47, I like that idea! Now to find a bench!!!
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Kelly Nicole M.
Actually, the bathroom would be directly in front of the bench . So that may not work.
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mpoulsom
You should do a gallery wall then, it will be worth the work. Even if you just get a couple of big paintings to take up most of the space. It looks like you should use the mirror somewhere else in the house. Will the console table fit on the opposite wall where the thermostat is? If it will, that with a lamp on it and a small sculpture would be perfect.
This is a big space....I would def hang art and get some spot lights aiming towards the art, installing some sort of track lighting on the ceiling if you have a light fixture there now, using that electrical.
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mpoulsom
If you own this house, you may want to consider having built-in cabinets going from floor to ceiling in this area as well, for storage....and always keep in mind, that one day you may want to make the hall narrower and enlarge another room on the other side...either for a built-in storage space there, or just for a few more feet of room in a room.
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designideas4me
So would this idea apply to any long hall..especially mine which is too narrow to put a console table and has mostly just walls with one small nook for maybe a tiny table or what else? Just fill the wall with art and good lighting? My hall seems so dark because the bedrooms at the other end usually have the door closed or blinds closed. I was thinking of a skylight. I hate not having natural light in that space. Does it matter in a long hall if the floor is dark or light in color? If it is dark should you put a light rug on it? I am struggling with hall issues too. thx
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Kelly Nicole M.
Just playing around.....
How do you guys think long wall wall shelves would look in place of the mirror? I'm leaning toward a gallery wall but loving all the suggestions.
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jkingston
Check out Atmosphere Interior Design on this site. They have a hallway featured with two chairs on either side of the console. I think it's stunning and would copy it if I had a long hallway. Hang a bold colourful piece of art above console with some coloured glass vases. So much potential to do so much. Could the mirror work on the other side of hall either leaning or hung off ground slightly? Good luck!
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fania
Be practical. Your space there is ideal for a "bar". It does not have to be a typical type of bar. A few nice bottles and some nice glasses will do the trick. I would not remove the mirror, but I would make it lean forward a bit, to reflect the nice bottles and glasses. I would add a "love seat" or something. Then decide on the colors and the pictures. Imagine your life in there or even better the life you would like to lead. If you like having people over, then this might create a nice flow from the living room to the kitchen and vice versa.
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jkingston
Now that I see that picture I would keep console over there and do gallery wall. Remove filing cabinet too.
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lefty47
HI -- The arrangment idea I gave you could work the other way also and with the hall being that wide then you could have a bench that has a back and has a deeper seat . Maybe look for something with an Asian Flair and then some of your decor pots and vases can be Asian style too mixed with a little modern. Or you could have one of those modern raw wood furniture pieces.
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Kelly Nicole M.
jkingston - Do you mean I should put the console back on the gray wall and do a gallery wall?
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Kelly Nicole M.
And yes, filing cabinet needs to go away! However I like the idea of having a staggered look.
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decoenthusiaste
Seeing more angles and more posts makes things much easier. If you are concerned with the length of the hall, don't emphasize it with shelves that add to the visual length. The console works there under the thermostat. It just needs a bigger lamp that is more in proportion to it. If you want a bench, put it on the bathroom side with the gallery opposite, anchored with the console table. Agree, the file cabinet needs to go to the office. Your rooms need to have a function. If this hall is to be the art gallery with a bar, that works, but don't put in furniture that says it might be something else - like a work space. Apply this logic to each of your rooms.
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Kelly Nicole M.
Do you see my cluttered kitchen table (don't worry it never looks like that)... should I paint the legs a different color? I'm trying to BRIGHTEN UP THE PLACE ;-) Thanks for everything you all!
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Kelly Nicole M.
DecoEnthusiaste- What do you mean "bench anchored with the console table" I am confused.
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jkingston
Is it near the front door? I'm trying to get the layout from the pictures. If it is as you enter the home then I would do the console and chair thing on long wall. If not then I'd say keep console on small wall with mirror maybe smaller one (round) and do a whole black and white gallery wall of friends and family. I'm not one to have photos all over the place but i like it when it's done like that. It sounds like it is near the bathroom. I find it interesting when visiting people if you can look at things like that (and they will after visiting the bathroom). Sounds dumb but true.
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michigammemom
If you really want a clean, contemporary gallery look, you might consider something like this for your long hallway.
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bygeorgi
It's a nice wide hallway, so why not make it functional first , and interesting. how about a vintage dresser by vintage I mean, yard sale , thrift or from Habitat for Humanity Restore that is wide not high, and not too deep...... you could paint it in a fun color, maybe whatever you might be using as an accent color in adjoining rooms. don't center the mirror over it, have to one side and add a good sized lamp, a pretty dish for keys, stack of books, a vase, plants or art piece..... So this will also create storage for junk thats not so pretty . Take those prints and add more art or photos with different frames in different sizes and hang them on the opposite wall, move that small cabinet with the plants on it some where else to create a flow.
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simplify52
Going off subject, but I love who is waiting patiently under the tree!!!
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mpoulsom
Console table looks mucho better on the other wall where thermostat is! :)

Kelly, this IS in the middle of your house, correct? It's not your front door entry, right? I know people are suggesting places to lay keys etc...when entering a foyer, but that was not the impression I got from your pics. This is why I'm starting to wonder now??? Just so I'm clear...
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Kelly Nicole M.
The hallway is right in the middle of my house. You walk up the stairs, bam- your on the kitchen and dining room. So far I like the idea of keeping the console on the gray wall and doing a gallery over it. Opposite I will take off the thermostat and place a small round mirror, with a bunch underneath. That way people sitting on the bench aren't staring at the bathroom...they can look at art and pictures instead. Thoughts?
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Kelly Nicole M.
A *bench* on the thermostat wall
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lefty47
HI Kelly -- I just had another thought --- because the hall is nice and wide and that wall is so long ,-- I think if you could find a nice long low mid century dresser or console/buffet , they come as long as 7 ft. ,-then have the mirror above with a couple of lamps or wall sconces and some art ,-that would look great and you could still have a chair ( like an arm chair -dining chair ) off each end . I am sure you could use the extra storage .The small table does look better on the other side . PS: You could have a closer put on the bathroom door so it can always be closed if you don't like seeing into the room allthe time.
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Kelly Nicole M.
Bygeorgie, love the ideas!!! I'm gonna do a thrift store run and see what I find to replace my tiny console with.
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bygeorgi
Kelly...ooh gosh I just read you like ikat,,, had an idea, if you have leftover ikat fabric or another coordinating print why not modge podge it onto a vase or mirror frame, than would be bringing the
boho to hall way ...cute. or mix with a nice modern chevron pattern..... You have to post some pictures of the finished hallway. Sounds like you have great style! good luck thrifting, my favorite hobby! oh my also a tone on tone paint treatment, like just an accent wall of a large scale pattern would be fabulous.
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mpoulsom
well good luck and I'm sure it will turn out great....i noticed that you have recessed lights in one of the later pics...so you could just replace those lights with recessed lights that adjust and spot. Not expensive at all if you decide to adorn the wall with art! Will make the space to have the right lighting.
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PRO
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You are fortunate to have a hallway that can be useful being that it has a comfortable width, wider than most hallways.
I can see this area filled with family photos or a family library. Also I would consider breaking up the lengh of the hallway by adding a runner in the area that is between the two opposite rooms (Living and Kitchen/Dining).
I can not tell if the lighting in this area are downlights or ceiling mounted lights but another way to delineate this space is by changing the light fixtures in this space.
Another inexpensive way to add interest and break up the space is to paint the door along the hallway a contrasting color..
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PRO
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a few more:
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Kelly Nicole M.
Wow. You all are so helpful. I have so many options it is a bit overwhelming (and exciting!!) I will let you all know how it turns out!
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Kelly Nicole M.
Did I say THANK YOU? Happy holidays to all.
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pcmom1
Jumping in here without reading all of the comments. I did get to the part where you wanted to brighten up the hall. I dealt with my very long, very dark hallway by replacing the light fixtures with solartube/ light combos. Really helped. That, in addition to painting hallway soft yellow.
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javajudo
Your hallway is very horizontal and your ceilings seem low and it needs light or the reflection of light. On the long wall, I think you need to add a vertical item that's over the top such as a floor to ceiling framed mirror (in chrome or other similar polished finish) leaning against the wall. If budget doesn't allow for this, I would run a series of pictures, each framed similar to the mirror suggestion, from floor to ceiling, keeping in mind that it is a vertical presentation and not a horizontal presentation, so the overall width of the presentation should be narrow. Also, the overall presentation should not be centered on your wall, I think it should be closer to your dining table. Next, I would flank your console table next to the picture presentation and place a tall lamp on each end of the table, probably in chrome or similar polished finish. I would also suggest a longer console table and adding large baskets to the bottom shelf or beneath the console table. Since you like ethnic art, I think a coral color (such as Sherwin Williams' Quite Coral) would be a great choice for the walls, since it would bring out the oranges, reds, and yellows found in ethnic art. Lastly, since your hall is wide, I would suggest flanking the other side of the picture presentation with an upholstered chair, which can be used as a head chair for your dining table. If you go with a coral color on the walls, I would suggest a strong color for the chair such as orange or lime green.
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Hi Kelly,
I agree with mpoulsom and the shadowy look to the hallway is the first thing I noticed. You could do the recessed lights or spotlights that can be aimed at the wall for an arched light effect to highlight wall art. It creates enough interest and light to lift the mood of the hallway. It will then be easier to accessorize the hallway once the lighting is balanced.
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designideas4me
I put in cable track lights in my living room and have recessed can lights on the hall but still feel the hall is dark compare to the other rooms with windows. I think I will just have to put in a skylight. My son can sit in his room in the dark all day on the computer but for me if I dont get sunshine I feel depressed.
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designideas4me
pcmom did you like the solartube light? Can you tell me more about it?
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sacapuntaslapioz
if you have lots of books and interesting objects why not make it a library hallway. Ikea has a bookcase, Expedit which comes in fun colors. I would flank your thrift store dresser with 2 bookcases and display objects, books, etc.
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pcmom1
I have 5 of the solartubes in my home: 3 replacing fixtures down the hall and two strictly skylights in each of the dark corners in my north facing living room. They did make a tremendous difference, but one unexpected twist with the skylight/lamp combo: at night when the light is used, beams of light shoot from the top of my roof! I didn't see that one coming! Great for Santa, though.

But during the day it is wonderful having the light. I would suggest you get one of the large skylight only ones for that darkest area, and not replace a fixture with the combo. And see one before buying. The reflective material used in the tubes is a little "space age", but unless you stand and stare up at it you won't notice it.

I do love the arch light effect mentioned above by Creatively Yours. And any chance of changing out the carpet to a bleached hardwood? And when you paint, use a paint with some sheen to it to help the light bounce around. It the end of the hall, where the Christmas tree is, I would put something great to look at. Wonderful wide hallway (mine is narrow!).
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whitsendranch
try adding a touch of usefulness to your hall mirror with knobs or hooks, I hangs jackets and stuff i need to grab in a hurry but you could use different more modern style hooks and add some of your interesting pieces that hang. i'm a bit o' country cause I live on a farm but as i pass the rack mirror I made it also give a quick glance to how much of a farm mess I am before i answer door to customers!
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Kelly Nicole M.
Hi guys. Our hall is still in progress but wanted to show you how it's coming along! Still needs some finishing touches ...especially the gallery wall.
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Kelly Nicole M.
Here's hat do you guys think? Be honest! I can take it ;)
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Kelly Nicole M.
Ignore our hideous carpeting. What do you all think? Be honest!!! ;)
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bygeorgi
Oh Kelley .... glad you posted pics...it's looking sooo cute, I'd move the elephant planter a bit to the left and I suggest an organic looking dish for keys n such one made from wood... to the left of the planter....I like it very much .It feels clean but homey so you wanna stop n glace at the photos....
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calikym
I really like what you did & you gained storage, too.
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Kelly Nicole M.
Did you mean put the bowl to the right of the planter??? Ha! Thanks :)
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jkingston
Great job!
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bygeorgi
No left like in first photo so your eye moves up n down from lamp , bowl, planter... artists always work in odd numbers or use a zig zag in placement... Its what the brain likes... I know, weird. That planter is a nice idea gives that traveled look.
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Kelly Nicole M.
Thanks guys/gals. Your coaching and feedback has helped tremendously!! What color rug would look good? Should I paint the bathroom doors a color?
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cherc
Kelly, I love what you're doing!! So fun to see.
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cherc
Oh maybe a rug with your favorite ikat colors and pattern ;) There are so many great ones out there, I look forward to seeing what you choose.
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ktiquet
Wow you've done a great job just read everything that everyone has said. I think you still need a chair with a splash of color. I have a wide hallway at the top of my stairs and have been stumped as what to do with it, I think I'll try what you have done looks great keep up the good work!
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groveraxle
I think the hall looks great. I would change one teensy weensy thing: I wouldn't hang anything higher than the door frames on the gallery wall. It's a tad overwhelming the way it is now. MHO
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Judit
all is perfect except for the white elephant
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Kelly Nicole M.
Not the best size/style of chair but its cheery yellow!
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Kelly Nicole M.
The elephant is too small? Or because it's white on white? Thanks for the honesty :)
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cherc
If it's the white part, could it go in a colored tray grouped with other items?
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bygeorgi
maybe its the plant in the elephant planter not the planter... needs to be taller n fluffier....how about a palm
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Kelly Nicole M.
How large of a plant should I use? I can easily move the elephant elsewhere if it doesn't fit right in the large hall
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lefty47
HI - Kelly -- Great job sweetie ! I like the elephant , it looks like an Adler piece , is it ? You could also stick (3M sticky hangers) some pictures on the door too. It will disguise it ! The runner rug could be a stripe or the ekat just make sure it doesn't all get too busy.
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Kelly Nicole M.
I don't think the planter could hold too large of a plant. Hmmm let me go investigate!
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Kelly Nicole M.
The elephant can only hold a small plant
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bygeorgi
I didn't mean that big haha! but kinda that shape , skinny base , then gets leafy maybe bout the same height as the original plant ... wish I knew the name of what I was thinking....
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bygeorgi
Btw everyone...I need help too ...I posted a dilema ( Need Fresh View on Living Room) but not much response.. sorry i'm begging on your post Kelley ... I always know what to do with someone elses space, not my own ..but I keep messing with the room it's driving me nuts.
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Hello Kelly, Wow you really made it work!!! Looks great. I love the Elephant planter, great way to bring in textures......................and the picture wall looks great too!! ...............no fear!!!
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No need to paint the doors, the pictures add a lot of texture and bring the focus to the center of the room..
I love the idea of mixing materials and bringing some wood textures as in the bowl with keys. You could expand on this concept and replace one or two of the frames with a wood frame.
It was a good choice to take full advance of your ceiling height and use the full height of the wall to hang pictures. I would also expand on this concept and ad a plaster relief of wood carving above the mirror to bring your eye upwards.
Looks great!! Thanks so much for posting!
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capecodgal
What about a large beautiful Orchid inside the Elephant planter? Also, love the bright yellow chair as it ties in with the lamp. I would suggest a rug runner also to add more visual interest and color.
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Kelly Nicole M.
I've never even heard of that! Plaster relief of wood. Where can I find it at low cost? Thanks for the support, encouragement, motivation and enthusiasm! :)
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Kelly Nicole M.
And the orchid idea is brilliant, it will be the perfect size and add to the exotic vibe.....
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Billie G
The elephant doesn't really look nice enough, in MHO. I would put a white orchid in a glass dish on it's place instead. It would look classy and would add just enough hight for the right proportion.
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pcmom1
I don't think anyone else has mentioned this. I think there is a problem with the mirror having a very dark frame and all the frames on the gallery wall being white.

I think the mirror would actually look better hung vertically at the end of the hall, over the trunk, and the plant that is currently on the trunk put into the hall way. Then, either a different mirror (large square) in a light frame placed where the old mirror was, or a large wood relief.

Or, add in on the gallery wall a mixture of wood tone frames: a couple dark like the mirror, some in lighter wood so there is some agreement on both sides of the hall.

I love that you are keeping us informed on your project!
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Kelly Nicole M.
I think if I placed the mirror vertically it might look weird. I don't know I just have a hard time visualizing it. Send me a pic if you see something similar.

I do like the idea of swapping out some white frames on the gallery wall. Should I throw in some colored frames or keep it simple with woods and blacks?

Oh, and here's what it looks like without the elephant. I am contemplating spray painting it green or blue or even silver.... Putting a different plant in it and putting it back :) thoughts?
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Kelly Nicole M.
By the way I want to start on my living room next and would appreciate some advice! Mostly furniture arrangement and wall paint choice. Here's a sneak peak....
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pcmom1
No colored frames: just different tones of wood, I think!
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pcmom1
For your living room, could you provide a floor plan with dimensions (showing windows, doorways, labels?)

Looks like tv is placed in an alcove. Quick thought. Move the plum colored chair and the trunk next to it out somewhere else for now. Try the tall curio cabinet centered on that wall. It will look nice as a focal point as you look down the hall.

Pull your sofa and coffee table towards the tv. I would say 3 feet. And, if you center it more with the window, and the curio cabinet is gone, perhaps blue chair could go on the other side of the sofa. I would place a large plant into the living room corner.

You may find angling your furniture some would work.
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jkingston
Kelly, keep it like it is - black mirror punctuates the wall. I love white on white but a white frame would be boring. Lynda Reeves from House and Home always says you need a hit of black in every room. You will drive yourself crazy over analyzing and asking too many opinions. Go with your gut - after all it's your space and you have done a great job! Look at the before pics to remind yourself ;)
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mpoulsom
I love what you did, including the collage wall art on the wall!! great job!
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Hi Kelly, keep the black mirror. It creates a nice sharp contrast. I like the flowers too but miss the elephant, lol. Had a thought, you may be able to but a "frog" inside the elephant and stand the flower stems inside and have both the flowers and the elephant!
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dessert
Much much better! Add a runner on top of your carpet!
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Kelly Nicole M.
I miss the elephant too!!! I'll see what I can do... Never heard of a "frog".

Recommendations of where I can find an affordable stylish and modern runner? I know you're all gonna say west elm or pottery barn but even those are beyond my budget. COLLEGE STUDENT with no job and expensive taste :)
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A plant frog pierces flowers, and forms the "base" of a flower arrangement. They come in many shapes and sizes and you can find them in any garden store or nursery.
As for where to find a runner at a good price try Overstock.com or World Market sometimes have really good sales.
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Judit
how about these?
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Judit
or this? I can provide you with the Latin names
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dessert
Try walmart, target, winners in Canada or TJ Max in USA for inexpensive runners. Buy two if they are too short and place them end to end
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Kelly Nicole M.
Thanks Judit, and Dessert.. You guys rock! :)
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designideas4me
I like what you did in the hallway. I would try to add more white and more plants to the livingroom like you did in the hallway. It would feel more alive and bright.
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Kelly Nicole M.
What colors/patterns should I go with for a runner? Here are a few I like: http://www.overstock.com/cart?TID=CartLayer:Cart

Which one do you like?
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dessert
Link showing an empty cart
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dessert
Both are under 50$
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jemoiselle
This is the most awesome thread ever! I have so enjoyed watching the transformation. What a great difference all these suggestions have made! What a lovely hallway, too. Congrats on making such fantastic beautiful progress! I have no advice to give, but felt the need to chime in, so moved by the positivity here and transformation. Keep posting pics! How exciting!
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hotmholt
Ditto, jemoiselle.
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Agree!!
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aniluap2
Great job Kelly, you have great instincts. The white frames look fine on the opposite wall it makes the grouping cohesive. If all the photos were B&W you could intersperse a pop of color by spaying a larger frame bright yellow to match your chair. ( You could photocopy your photos on photo paper to make them all B&W). You could do a zebra print runner in black and white to funk it up a bit. I like the elephant but it needs an orchid or maybe another white container w ith a plant and some other organic object , an orb ?
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Kelly Nicole M.
My boyfriend just hung these shelves without my permission!!!! Kind of annoyed. But after decorating them starting to feel better. What do you all think? I changed the plant in the elephant. Better?
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Kelly Nicole M.
Better pic
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Kelly Nicole M.
I got a tray for the elephant....also, check out our dining table! We raised it higher (you can see it in the background of the very first post)......better huh?!?
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dessert
Looking great. The nook behind your table looks like it was made for a built in bench.
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lydiamuir
Yeh I think your mirror is too big for the console. With your artwork they might look better grouped underneath each other. A orchid or floral arrangement would look nice on the console. Perhaps a smaller circle mirror to break up the square dimensions.
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pcmom1
I think the alcove would be great wallpapered : some cool large graphic pattern in a tone on tone. Some larger center piece for the table: a large glass piece with some yellow in it. That, and drapery panels for that window, and I think that portion will be done.
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Kelly Nicole M.
Do you both really think the mirror is too big? My hallway is rather huge. :) I will consider the wallpaper idea. That would really liven up my kitchen! Thanks!
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aniluap2
The mirror is fine!
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saladsue
I really like what you have done! I want to lift the elephant out of the tray & place it with the trunk facing on an angle toward the lamp just to the right of the centre of the mirror. Leave the tray with the interesting bits on it. Perhaps the small horse in the bookshelves added to the tray.
I like the additions your boyfriend made unusual but interesting.
You are doing a great job. Your picture wall is great!
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awesome dialogue....enjoyed reading the recommendations and seeing the back and forth.
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Kelly Nicole M.
Like this?! It's starting to feel a bit cluttered.
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jkingston
Stop already! It looks better with less items. Move onto to the next section. I think you should focus on bright yellow accents in the rest of the place but leave this section alone. Too many opinions!!!
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Kelly Nicole M.
Haha! Thank you Jkingston. I think I am "fixing it to death"! I will start to focus on the kitchen. And yes, yellow is a great accent color. Did you see the wallpaper I posted above?
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saladsue
Oh dear yes it does look too cluttered but I
like the location of the elephant. I would move the tray to the left near the end & remove a couple of items from it.
Also take everything else but the lamp off the furniture.
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jkingston
OMG - I love it! Can you use it somewhere in the living room too?
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pcmom1
Can you stand one more suggestion? Take the tray and use it as a centerpiece on your dining table (place the small piece that is on the dining table now inside of it with a couple more things). Then just scoot elephant down to the corner of the mirror.

OK, no more advice for this area. Pat yourself on the back for a big transformation.

And, I like the wallpaper, just worried it might be too much action in the zig zag pattern going on to set thru a dinner and stare at. But something close.
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aniluap2
Love the wallpaper! Great focal wall
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aniluap2
By the way the nook in the dining area might be the perfect spot for a banquette .
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I think the nooks in both rooms(Living Rm./Dining Rm.) could be used as a banquette for dining and a cozy reading nook in the living room. It would also open up the room a lot. You may even be able to do with out the sofa and have a much roomier space.

They could be as custom as you like with storage underneath or as simple as you like. You could even intstall lighting sconces at both ends.

Take a look at the photos below:
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aniluap2
Just saw a great idea for a banquette on the Better homes and Garden site. They bought an unfinished wood book case , painted it, turned it on its side and used bakets for storage in the open cubbies with a bench cushion on top. Assuming you could find a bookshelf that's height matched the width of the opening this might work well with a few throw pillows along the back.
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Kelly Nicole M.
Awesome idea! I just searched BHG website and couldn't find that article. If you can find me the link that would be helpful. Thanks aniluap.

As for the other nook in the living room. We have a floor to ceiling projector screen that drops down from the nook (my boyfriend's pride and joy), this makes furniture arrangement more difficult because we can't fit much else in the nook without intruding on the projector screen. I will eventually start a new discussion thread on the living room, since it is a project all on it's own. For now I will conquer the kitchen/entry area! I should probably start a new thread for that too since this one is so long...I just don't want to lose my dedicated decorators!
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aniluap2
Kelly, I have been using my iPad once it is just do easy and do not know ho to upload pictures on it...guess I will have to go to the apple store for a lesson . Anyway I get a weekly online free magazine from BHG. If you try Decorating-BHG.com and look towards the bottom of the page it has a picture titled DIY furniture and there is one for a window seat which can also be used as a banquette in your case.
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Mirror Windows might work well. Almost like adding an architectural element. It may lighten the area up a little, as well.
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Kelly Nicole M.
Hi all. I haven't done much since the last post. But here's a current pic of the hall. And while we are at it, here is my bathroom... A bit crammed and could use your expertise. The bamboo dresser is in the way but we need it for storage. Any ideas?
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jkingston
Looking good! Loving the "white" look of the hallway. Your bathroom needs to keep that going. Get some white bath mats and change the curtain to white (maybe bringing the blue from under the tub). One placed at sink and other in fronot of shower. That will give it more of a "spa" look. (P.S. I'm not one for plants in a space but can't really see the wall to give other options - but if you like them stick with them).
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bygeorgi
I can't tell... what color is the tub? its looking hunter green to me....
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Kelly Nicole M.
Tub is blue. I actually just changed the shower curtain because I was sick of the old one (but it was just as you described!)....http://www.worldmarket.com/product/bluegreen-print-shower-curtain.do?&from=fn
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bygeorgi
Thats a cute shower curtain... I love the plants... so I would play up the garden feel...one larger scale rug actually a runner..a painted piece of furniture with a plant on top maybe a piece of colorful art above, a more stream line window covering ... kinda more of a modern/ zen feeling in there. Oh and paint the bottom of the tub white, just a thought.
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shoeft2010
I love what you have done with your hall! I have the same shower curtain in my bathroom. It works with the 70's blue tile that came with the house when we bought it last year and it's similar to your tub color. I really like the color on your tub. I think it adds character to your bathroom and since you are working on a budget I recommend keeping it that color and use colors from the shower curtain to pull the room together.
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pcmom1
You have done a great job, but I notice that it is still shadowed quite a bit. I also had a long dark hallway, and it was totally transformed when we had SolaTubes (small skylights) installed. We replaced our hall ceiling lights with skylight/light combos. I was so happy that I had two larger ones (skylights only) put into our dark north facing living room. They are affordable also.
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Light In Art
You could purchase art and place it on the wall and/or get an eye-catching chandelier to dress up the hallway. We make Contemporary Stained Glass Lighting and Art and we have fire stones that can be customized and light up a room, as well as chandeliers that would look great in the hallway. We customize size and color; visit our website at http://www.lightinart.com/ to see some options.
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A lot can be achieved with some nice lighting arrangements. The Brokis stuff we just got in is worth a look too.. Check the range here: http://www.relaxhouse.com.au/lighting/brokis
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