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I talk about good use of space and making every inch count constantly. Another topic of paramount importance is building an environment that instills confidence as much as nurtures creativity in children. In other words, the objective is to provide adequate room to grow with lots of choices along the way. For example, I love showcasing my kids’ talents throughout our home. As such, a hallway gallery of kids’ art is a no-brainer. But it’s not simply one of hallway design ideas, it’s a way to encourage and promote self-esteem.

Design ideas file tip #4 / hallway:


Problem: Very long, narrow and poorly lit hallway.
Solution: Take creative control — illuminate by ushering in light and art.

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hallway gallery

When it comes to hallway design ideas, widen where possible.
 Create light coves. Take advantage of the wall expanse to set up an eye-engaging gallery. Float slim exhibition rails directly under the light cove on alternating sides. They are fitted with a lip at the front to stop pictures from sliding forward. Place at eye level.

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aluminum ledge

Added Benefit: Prominent display of children’s art encourages individuality.

hallway design ideas, advice without strings, architect on demand

aluminum ledge

This post on hallway design ideas is based on the ideaBOOK 01 Displaying & Organizing. It is available for a free download here.

If you have any questions, please address them to me in your comments below. I am at your service as an online architectural consultant and DIY ally.


  • June 9, 2015

    I really like this lighting concept. How difficult is it to do?

    • Alla Kazovsky
      June 9, 2015

      It is a matter of creating a lighting cove (recess) and installing flourescent tubes.

  • June 15, 2015

    Alla, what is the name of the wood you used in the exhibition rails?

  • Kristian
    July 8, 2015

    A wonderfool home design idea to transform a narrow ordinary hallway into a well-lit gallery!!!

  • July 14, 2015

    I love the way you mix metal and wood!!! Amazing!!!

    • July 14, 2015

      Thank you for your complement. Combining materials allows for an unexpected result. It is always an experiment.

  • May 11, 2016

    What a great idea! Taking advantage of the wall space seems like a must, especially in long hallways. Using it for storage, with shelves and hooks keeps the rooms tidy, but also adds a sense of individual personality.

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