Dark narrow hallway. Help me please?!
February 28, 2013 in Design Dilemma
This is our hallway. It's dark (this is taken with the front door wide open so normally even darker!). It barely has natural light (tiny square of glass in the front door), has 12 doors (up/downstairs), is narrow and has picture and dado rails. I want to make it brighter, lighter and lot more stylish. 1) paint woodwork (white?). 2) change carpet 3) paint walls. My dilemma is whether painting the walls and ceiling a nearly white shade will make it brighter but also just feel like a narrow hall or whether I would be best to paint the walls up to the picture rail in a slight taupe shade (elephants breath -too dark?- skimming stone - cornforth white- too grey??) would open up the space? Also would it be better to make the hallway look bright but wider by using different shades on the wall and then above picture rail or should the colour stop at the dado rail or at the ceiling?? Argh. Help me decide please??