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How we Brightened our Dark Narrow Hallway for under $600

This is how we made over our dark narrow corridor or hallway in only two days for under $600.

how to brighten a dark narrow hallway

Last week we got the opportunity to partner with The Home Depot Canada on their Healthy Home campaign. For the campaign, we swapped our old light bulbs for energy-efficient ones, replaced the remaining boob lights in our home, and even added some smart plugs.

But dark hallways are always challenging to decorate especially when you can’t make any structural changes to your home. And since we were already swapping out the lights, we decided we would makeover our dark and narrow hallway too.

How to Brighten a Dark Narrow Corridor or Hallway

In a perfect world, I would have loved to have a giant window at the end of the hallway.

Letting all that natural light, and gifting me more places to put my plants.

But since we aren’t able to make any structural changes, we devised a plan to give the illusion of a bright and modern hallway for under $600.

Paint Colors for a Narrow Hallway

There are two ways to go when it comes to choosing the perfect shade for your dark and narrow space.

First, you could use moody paint colors to amplify a narrow dark hallway. Exaggerating the size of the hallway with a deep shade of paint creates a misleading depth of field, and blurs any defining edges of the space.

Second, the safe bet is to use white paint as we did here. We choose Swiss Coffee to give a fresh and clean look to our walls and ceiling.

Choosing the Perfect Flooring for a Hallway

When it comes to flooring in a hallway, we recommend using luxury vinyl. It’s the best for high-traffic areas like an entryway or hallway. Plus it’s also durable, scratch-resistant, and easy to clean.

Which is why we replaced the old flooring with a new luxury vinyl flooring in Coyote Storm for Fuzion Flooring.

Swap your Lighting for a Brighter Option

Like, As I said, we are working with The Home Depot Canada on their Healthy Home campaign. We’re sharing easy updates you can make to your home that have a positive impact on your home, family, and the environment.

So for our home update, we removed our existing boob light and installed a new semi-flush light, that uses new energy-efficient LED light bulbs.

Gallery Wall for a Hallway

Adding art can do wonders for a space, especially dark or otherwise hard-to-style spaces (like hallways). One thing I recommend is choosing art that is colorful and bright.

A budget-friendly tip is to frame your kid’s art! My daughter calls it her “art museum”. Which I absolutely love.

And there is a trick to having kids’ art look great. We let them use the colors we want.

For example, we stick to 4 or 5 paint colors or crayons that I want to see in our space. And let them draw whatever they want! From there I’ll choose a few I absolutely love, or they love and we add them to our growing art museum.

We have a mix of frames from Amazon (linked here) and Ikea’s RIBBA frame.

Mirrors for the end of the Hallway

Our hallway already had mirrors at the end, but they weren’t my style at all. Even though they did a great job of bouncing the light from the rooms to the hallway.

I still wanted to keep our project on budget, so we opted for a gold mirror from Walmart that matched the new gold light.

lighting for hallway

How to Decorate a Dark Narrow Hallway

Decorating is my favorite part of the entire makeover, but it can also be the hardest. I like to start every makeover or project with a mood board. So I can make sure the colors work, and the items look good next to each other.

When it came to decorating the hallway we kept it very simple and focused a lot of our attention on the details. Since we don’t have a ton of space for decor, we decided to focus more attention on the light, and mirror, swapping out the door handles, and even the plug covers.

So really the only thing left to do was to find a runner and a cute plant.

dark narrow hallway

Dark Narrow Hallway Sources:

Paint Color – Behr Dynasty Paint in Swiss Coffee

Flooring – Fuzion Flooring in Coyote Storm (You can see the full tutorial here)

Picture Frames

Door Handles


Pot for the Plant

Semi Flush Mount Light (similar option here, and here)

Smart Light Bulbs

Mirror (similar option here, here, and here)

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