How to enhance a 30ft hallway w/many birch doors?


obviously, cannot do away w/any doors but they need modified,

along w/newer hardware. Have some artwork my hubby has done and a 19 ft antique fruit ladder may hang from ceiling.

Thanks for any suggestions. (8 ft ceiling)

q how to enhance a 30ft hallway w many birch doors
  12 answers
  • Twyla J Boyer Twyla J Boyer on Sep 12, 2018

    What a nice, straight hallway! (I live in a great little mid-century modern, but the hallway is a series of jogs that is not very convenient and that breaks up sight lines.)

    Add flat artwork to the walls. Could be paintings, tapestries, pretty scarves, framed album covers - whatever you enjoy looking at. You could even hang art on the doors if it's lightweight (use command hooks or takes to preserve finish on doors). The end wall could beautifully display a tall piece of artwork, too. The window with the moose is super cool, but it sort of chops the wall in half. Maybe find a half door at a thrift store or salvage yard and hang it below the moose window so it looks more vertical?

    Changing doorknobs is easy - it basically requires only a couple screwdrivers (or one with multiple ends) and the doorknobs come with instruction sheets.

    I might suggest improving the lighting and using one longer runner instead of the two smaller rugs if you can swing the cost. If you can't afford one long runner, maybe try to get another one or two that match or coordinating with the ones you have and stitch the ends together to make it look like one long runner.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Sep 12, 2018

    If you are using this hallway as a gallery, I would paint the doors and walls the exact same shade of paint so the doors blend in. Right now they are a focal point being a different color. I would select a color that contrasts with the majority of the artwork you are hanging (including the color of the mats and frames) so they become the focal point. By blending the doors and walls you are forcing the eye to focus on whatever you hang on these walls. It will also make the hallway appear longer since there will be no "break" of color.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Sep 12, 2018

    Hi! My basic advice for any long hallway, is to make it brighter, give the illusion of more space and light with a mirror. You can gain a more pulled together look by drawing the eye down the hall. The floor looks nice, and I would try it without any throw rugs. At the start of the hall, it looks like a deep blue. How about a lighter blue to help the color flow? Trimming, updated hardware and possible lightening the color of the doors to blend with the walls would give you a nice flow. I would add something colorful, like an abstract painting or beautiful mirror over a small table at the end of the hall.

  • Rosalie Peck Rosalie Peck on Sep 12, 2018

    I love the doors. Their rich brown color could be accented if wood trim baseboard on white wall, framing for artwork you hang, and covers of electrical fixtures were made this color. there are several modern lighting methods which would offer a more all over effect and fewer shadows. Using brown mixed with colors from your artwork for rugs would be pleasant. I find the small rugs make the hall easier to clean.

  • Caseyem11 Caseyem11 on Sep 13, 2018

    I would use the long wall as a gallery, change the lighting to wash the walls, paint the doors and trim the same as the wall color so they disappear.

  • Em Em on Sep 13, 2018

    I would definitely paint the doors to blend in, the dark brown draws your eye to them. Put a mirror at the end of the hallway, or if you have room add a small thin table and add a lamp to it, add much longer runners, I have a 12' one I purchased online and it was very inexpensive. Hang the ladder on the wall. Put pictures in between the rungs and maybe a few cool treasures using the bottom side or top of the ladder as a shelf. There is an idea a reader added here where she put up a window at the hall end, frosted the glass and hung strip lighting behind it to actually look like a real window. That would brighten it up.

  • Fbgirl1961 Fbgirl1961 on Sep 13, 2018

    Put an old window on each door. Then add some kind of window box under each window; try not matching them. Use a different knob on each door. Maybe even paint each door a different color first. Then try a large mural on the walls so walking down the hall is like strolling down an English village lane. Stencil a hedge and a hedgehog somewhere.

  • Eve Dunn Eve Dunn on Sep 13, 2018

    Pocket doors would recess into the walls. I agree; painting them all the same color as walls would help them blend. Also one continuous runner would not show length. You can purchase carpet and have it bound to achieve any special sizes.

  • Jam817295 Jam817295 on Sep 13, 2018

    I painted my birch hallway doors and trim white. Love it.

  • Chris Gignac Chris Gignac on Oct 17, 2018

    Can you imagine a little different paint scheme. And some wall sconces.

  • Lisa Hunt Lisa Hunt on Oct 17, 2018

    You can add a faux window to the end to make it not feel so closed in.

    Also, I am sure you are hesitant to paint the doors as most homeowners are with real wood doors, but if you were ever going to sell, it would likely be the first thing a good agent would recommend. At least, the Property Brothers would, lol.

    I would do some kind of cool pattern wallpaper. Halls are a great place for that since there isn't so much exposed wall, it isn't expensive or overwhelming.

  • M M on Jan 25, 2019

    Paint the walls, doors & trim a bright white. White enlarges the space & would make it seem brighter. I would hang a large mirror at the end of the hall. I love the idea of the lighted window