Today is the day! Our Modern Hallway Design is finally complete! A few weeks ago I shared the linen closet in this hallway, but I am happy to report, the rest is finally done! I am not sure how I ever thought this would only take a few weeks. To say I misjudged the amount of work up here would be an huge understatement! The downstairs hallway went so much faster, but this hallway started off in quite a different state. Let’s take a look at where we started.
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For some reason I was never compelled to tackle this hallway in all the years we have lived here. I know it sounds crazy, but it just seemed intimidating to me. Yes, I do get intimidated from time to time with design. But after I did a modern makeover on the downstairs hallway last year, I was inspired. This is what the hallway looked like before we got started.
Modern Hallway Design
Let me first explain what was not working in here. Basically everything. Aside from it being a blank canvas, everything else had to go from the carpet and the popcorn ceilings to the boob lights. It was dated, dirty, and had zero personality.
The first thing we did was scrape the popcorn ceilings. This is definitely not our first rodeo with the popcorn ceilings. They are very messy to remove, but I find it oddly satisfying. We also replaced the boob lights with these which are the same lights we used downstairs. They are perfect for us because they are low profile and still have two bulbs.
Next on the list was the nasty carpet! I will be completely honest. We never expected to keep this carpet as long as we did and as a result we were not exactly careful to keep it clean. I am a little embarrassed to say that, but it’s real life guys. No tears will be shed over that disgusting carpet.
When we started this project, we did not plan to install new doors, but as we got deeper into it, we changed our minds. We replaced the door to our room when we tackled our bedroom makeover and added barn doors to the bathroom and my closet. And the more we looked at our door next to the old doors, we realized replacing them all was the way to go. If you follow me on Instagram you might recall the sketchy drive home with doors hanging out the back of our SUV, haha!
Next up was the flooring. If you have been around for a while, you already know that I HATE carpet! So it should come as no surprise that we replaced the carpet with Pergo. We have used Pergo in our room, our office, downstairs hallway, and our family room and have been very happy with it. Over the next few months we will be adding it to our other guest rooms as well.
With new doors hung and wood floors laid, we continued the modern hallway design by updating the baseboards, door trim and adding a two tone wall design. I decided to go bold and paint the top half of the walls Sherwin Williams Iron Ore. This color has quickly become my favorite! I used it above our fireplace, on our wet bar, and on the exterior of our house.
Next up I added the wall slats for the board and batten. I taped out my pattern with painters tape before nailing everything to walls with the nail gun.
With all the major components in place, it was time to add the finishing details to this modern hallway design. I would be lying if I said this wasn’t my favorite part! Finding the right rug was definitely a challenge, but when I saw this one I knew it was the perfect fit! Ours is the 12ft runner.
For art, I decided to do a modern gallery wall of black and white family photos. I am a big believer that any photo can look modern in black and white. And if you are creating a gallery wall of photos it is a great way to make them all feel like they go together rather than having multiple colors competing for attention.
This modern hallway design turned out even better than I imagined. It feels so sophisticated and the ceilings feel even taller with the dark paint! And did I mention the rug is SO soft! I spent some time laying on it trying to flatten it out, haha!
I am so excited to have a new modern hallway design! This space was tired, dated and completely lackluster before. It honestly doesn’t even feel like the same space anymore! Next on the list is the stairs. To see behind the scenes and what else we are working on follow along in my Instagram stories!
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