Project Hallway: Wallpaper, Paint, Lacquered Walls and Some Decisions

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So continuing our discussion about the hallway/master bedroom entry area from last week (which I’ve dubbed Project Hallway….. thanks for all of your input. Most of you seemed to favor blue over red for the entry and I think I agree. The main reason for me is that it ties in with the rest of the house better but more importantly, it’ll give me more options for the hallway which we’ll talk about in a minute. As far as the shade of blue, I had originally thought something like cobalt but I’m pretty sure I want to do something on the lighter side like these…..

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And I know I’ve posted this room before and it may be a tad darker than what I have in mind but I have to add it here because it just kills me:

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It’s funny because while I was writing this, I came across an old post of mine from over a year ago where I talked about how I was drawn to bright blue but didn’t have the guts to use it. I guess it took me that long to work up the courage!

So that’s decision number 1. Blue lacquered entry to the master bedroom.

As for the hallway, this is what we’re dealing with:

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This is the same paneled wall just outside the bedroom entry doors you saw last week. And this brings me to the second decision I’ve made. This wall is going to stay white. The reason is you see this wall from the foyer which has white woodwork and I want the two to be the same. And before you ask, the woodwork in the foyer will always stay white. I change my mind about a lot of things but on that, there is no doubt. (I hope I don’t have to eat my words later…..)

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Here’s a view from a different angle so you can see the built-in. As you can see, I haven’t done a thing (other than having the shelves painted when we moved in) so it’s a total blank slate. That’s both good and bad. Good because I can do whatever I want. Bad because I can do whatever I want. Know what I mean?

So what brought all this on in the first place? A lot of things. But this beautiful hallway designed by Tom Scheerer played a big part:

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It is just to die for – like everything he does. So I’ve been collecting images of interesting hallways for some time and these are some of my favorites. As usual, they are all over the place with the only commonality being that they are all wallpapered.

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And to make my decision harder still, I’ve even been contemplating painting something myself!

But the good news is now that I’ve decided on white for the paneled wall and blue for the entry, that helps to narrow down my choices for the hallway. And it’s also helping me with a decision on the laundry room. Yeah, remember that? It’s actually one of the rooms you see off of this hallway so my hope is all of these little spaces will come together and there will be a nice flow between them like a beautiful symphony. Or at least a nice string quartet. So slowly but surely, we’re getting there, folks. It will all get done, I promise!

(Photos: 1.Domaine Home 2,3.NY Cottages & Gardens 4.Steven Gambrel 5.Tom Scheerer 6.House Beautiful 7.Lonny 8.Home Shoot Home 9.Unknown)

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11 comments

  1. Monika says:

    Love the blue, so I can’t wait to see the results. Those wallpapered hallways have inspired me too. I am not a wallpaper person, but I need to do something with our long narrow hallway on the second floor in our house. It’s so damn boring! Thanks again for so much great inspiration!

  2. Gwen says:

    I’m excited you’re going with blue! All of the hallways are beautiful, but I especially love the greenish watercolor one. That is interesting and attention-getting, yet calm and relaxing.

    I don’t think you can go wrong with the great bones you’re starting with.

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