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Taking My Hallway from Blah Blah to Yah Yah

A couple of months ago Dan and I moved from our Toronto condo into an apartment in a small town close to my studio. While that might sound like a bit of a step backwards to some, we were getting a bit tired of the quick paced city life and were excited to make the small town move. We were searching the market to buy a house but the timing didn’t seem right and nothing on the market had peaked our interest (and still hasn’t!). And what’s the rush anyway? For us, thankfully, there isn’t one. So, we settled into a small apartment in a town we like a lot. We actually love our new apartment (even more than our shiny and new Toronto one!) but we are the first to admit that it is a tad dated! While there are some jobs beyond what I am willing to tackle in a rental (like any updates to the kitchen), I have been having a ton of fun changing the main living spaces to make them feel in line with our style.

We have a small hallway that extends from the dining room and living room and connects to the kitchen, bathroom, and 2 bedrooms at the back. The hallway is visible right when you walk in the door along with the dining room and living room. With the dining room and living room already updated, the hallway makeover is our next space to tackle! The below images are some of our inspiration for this space. While the ceilings aren’t quite as high, and the walkway isn’t quite as wide, I have faith that we can make this into a beautiful little corridor!

The Inspiration

Hallway Makeover Plans - Inspiration

This hallway by Room for Tuesday is a dream. I love the carpet and above flush mount lighting – I am hoping to incorporate similar elements into our hallway makeover.

Hallway Makeover Plans - Inspiration

These pink doors from Addison’s Wonderland are giving me mega coloured door inspo. I am definitely excited to give this design trend a try as for my whole life I have loyally stuck by white interior doors!

Hallway Makeover Plans - Inspiration from Veranda Magazine

This room by Cathy Kincaid Interiors is photographed by Francis Colagnese and caught my eye on Veranda Magazine’s Instagram. I have a gallery wall just around the corner in the living room (both of which would be visible at the same time) so I don’t think a gallery wall is quite right in our hallway but botanical prints are DEFINITELY going to make an appearance. Is it any surprise that I love them?!

The Nitty Gritty – What’s the Budget?

Since we are just renting I have given myself a $500 budget for this makeover, which, as I started to add things up, I realized it is definitely going to be tight (umm, I would normally want to spend that on just the carpet). However, I am a big believer in spending only how much you value something. While I actually really value quality products and nice design a lot (hello, look at my job!) in this particular space and at this particular time, I can only justify spending that amount on the hallway makeover. And heck, this is shaping up to be a mighty fun challenge! I’m off to some thrift shops today to see if I can find the perfect piece of artwork or maybe, just maybe, score on a vintage rug. I’m excited to share the results with you in the next couple of weeks!

Threads & Blooms - Hallway Makeover Plans

Colour Scheme

I am loving the warm and muddy tones and am hoping to embrace those in this tiny corridor – nothing too bold and dark but nothing too neutral either.

The Hardware

White Flush Mount Light – updating the lighting in our hall is going to make a huge difference – I’ll be looking for something simple in either brass, black, or white. I love this white and gold one! // Brass Handles for the Doors would be a nice update, however, I have a feeling I might just opt for painting the current handles to save on budget!

Decor & More

Metal Framed Round Mirror // Gallery Oak Picture Frame to keep things simple// A colourful Kilim Rug is one of the items I am most excited about! Rug Vista is a great site and I also have a ton of fun searching through on Etsy.

A Touch of DIY

This is what I think is going to make the biggest difference in the hallway and hopefully will cost the least. Using some trim added to the plain hollow doors (those are actually them in the picture!) I hope to elevate the doors to achieve a more high end look in this hallway.


So, what do you think about my plans for our  hallway makeover? Check back for the results in the next couple of weeks! 

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  1. […] I was bored at home and decided to take on the challenge of re-doing our hallway. As I mentioned in my hallway inspiration post, we currently live in a pretty dated apartment (and not dated in a cool way! hah!). It’s a […]

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