December 5th, 2016

Hallway Before and After Paint Makeover

Paint Makeover - After
Images via The Inspired Room

Do you need inspiration for how to refresh a dreary hallway? If you think white paint might be too boring for a hallway, check out this makeover. We moved into a small 1950s home last year. While we love that this house has a separate front entry from the living room, the front door opens to a fairly small cramped hallway. We envisioned several ways to give it a new look, but since budget was our primary consideration, we started with a paint makeover. The existing paint was clean, but the flesh beige tone almost seemed to drain the light from the space.

Hallway Before Paint Makeover
This hallway has some natural light, but it wasn’t particularly bright. With less light being reflected by the existing paint, the hallway felt more cramped and dreary than necessary. The existing slate flooring is dark. We decided that the best way to enhance the light in this space was to paint the walls white (Glidden’s Swan White) to help reflect what natural light came into the space and to offer contrast with the floors. Incorporating a contrasting color scheme, such as black and white together in a space can help it to feel brighter and more interesting to look at, too!

Paint Makeover
With a fresh coat of Swan White on the walls, the space felt instantly fresher and cleaner. We didn’t paint the cabinets or trim, yet, but the existing white paint and new white walls worked together just fine. Next we replaced the silver hardware on the built ins with black pulls to make the black and white color scheme more prominent and removed the sliding doors to create the look of open shelving.

It’s amazing what a simple coat of white paint and some new hardware can do to refresh even a small hallway, isn’t it?

What space in your home needs a paint makeover?

See more projects from this house at The Inspired Room.

This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.

Categories: Before & Afters