Asked on Oct 6, 2017

20 ft. Dark hallway with six single doors and one double louvder door

LorieCatherine AnspaughMichele Pappagallo


Maple finish doors and woodwork. Walls are white and woodwork will also be white. Light tile floor has been installed. What to do with doors? I've thought of just paint, wall paper, stencils, painted pictures, molding. Something to brighten this hall up. Any ideas?

5 answers
  • 27524803
    on Oct 6, 2017

    We have a house that faces east and west... so the rooms on the opposite side from the sun are dark... We installed door that have glass in them so the west side shares light with the east and vice versa... for privacy, when we have guests, I installed "blackout" roller shades in a light rattan color.
    Also... there was one post on here that showed how to make a faux window using a wood frame (or and old window frame), a string of LED lights, and curtains to add much needed light at the bland end of a hallway... you could do that all along your dark hall between doorways.
  • Diane Weldy Tavegia
    on Oct 6, 2017

    Since you're going to 'do something', why not paint one a light creamy color that would mimic the floor and see if you like that before going actual white. I wouldn't like those dark doors either!

  • Michele Pappagallo
    on Oct 6, 2017

    Definitely paint the maple doors to bring some light into the area. With that many doors in a wood color, it will be hard to brighten up the space without lightening the door color.
  • Catherine Anspaugh
    on Oct 7, 2017

    Personally I would paint them white. That's just personal preference though.
  • Lorie
    on Oct 7, 2017

    We had a similar situation.
    , Before Dark and ugly, After We removed carpet and extended the laminate wood floors down the hall We painted all the doors 5 and baseboards and trim semi gloss white The walls are the same as before just added a fresh coat Ordered the white picture frames with mats from Michaels for 70 including shipping for 10 of them It makes a huge difference to me
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