Long hallways are always challenging. Dark colours are fine, as long as there is a good light source (and the ceiling is kept a light colour), otherwise it will feel very low and tight. Large pieces of art work well too. Too many small frames will overpower such a narrow space. Hanging art higher on the wall will also increase the sense of height.
- Use a low pile carpet or non-gridded flooring system such as tile. Tile will act like a maze locating the person in space. This will inhibit forward progress.
- Make sure there is an good ceiling light. Lighter colors on walls and floors and additional lighting will make the hallway seem lighter and brighter. If you do not have a lot of light, stay away from colors with black and grey in them, they will absorb more light.
- You could have some floor to ceiling mirrors made and fitted along the entire left hand side (looking towards the door) wall. This would give the illusion of extra space and would increase the amount of natural light by bouncing it around the space from the opposite rooms. A large mirror, or several small mirrors would help make it look bigger as well. Or even a combination of one large mirror, and a few smaller ones.
- Several photo frames on a photo ledge, about four – four and a 1/2 feet off the ground. Totally make it a gallery!
- What about vertical stripes on the wall? That might help the hallway look less long and narrow. You could do either different colors or the same color but alternating stripes of flat and semi-gloss paint.