Colorful Art Gallery Hallway Makeover Plans and Before Pictures

Check out what I have planned to turn a dark hallway into a colorful are gallery in just four weeks for the New Year New Room Refresh.

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it is already time for another New Year New Room Refresh. This fun challenge is hosted by my dear friend Casa Watkins Living and this will be our seventh year doing it!

I started making over our small rental homes when we lived in Japan but have really taken advantage of this series to update our current home in Fort Worth Texas. You can see the dramatic before and afters of my daughter’s bedroom, my windowless office, and last year’s laundry room.

This year I contemplated the last two interior areas that I haven’t done much with which are our kitchen and hallway. I decided to go with the hallway because right now it has an unfinished hall closet and door, lots of ugly patchworks that continues into our master bedroom. And our kitchen isn’t as much of an eyesore for us. lol

A long hallway with colorful rugs, art, bench, and mirror and doors leading to bedrooms.
Hallway Before
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New Year New Room Refresh Challenge

So during this four-week challenge, I hope to completely transform our dark ugly hallway and touch up our master bedroom and repair a few drywall cracks throughout the house before my husband returns back to school in a couple of weeks!

New Year new Room Refresh

Week 1: Colorful Art Gallery Hallway Makeover Plans and Before Pictures

Week 2: Beautiful Blue Hallway Runner and Gold Light and Hardware Ideas

Week 3: What are Dado Railings and How do You Install them

Week 4: Two-Toned Walls with Chair Molding

Week 5: Art Gallery Hallway Makeover Reveal

Doesn’t that sound exciting? Here’s what I envision.

First the problems we want to address:

  • Constant seasonal cracks
  • No natural light and a dark outdated flush mount ceiling light
  • Small space with 8 ft ceilings
An unfinished closet door in a hallway.
Ugly Patchwork
Long hallway with colorful and eclectic decor but still needs work done.
The current state.
An outdated ceiling light.
Outdated light

Just like most of the makeovers in this house, my goal is to make the area look as big and bright as possible and wall treatments to help camouflage cosmetic foundation problems.

The solution!

  • Board and batten wall treatment in both hallways and continue the crown molding from what we have in the living room.
  • A pop of color on the walls to feature art!
  • New light fixture and hopefully a few gallery lights.
  • New rugs that feel more sophisticated and appropriately sized than our current ones.
  • Lots of fresh paint!

A little more about the two hallways. The first small hallway is what you see when you come in the front door and where I want to start the board and batten wall and art gallery. I love the idea of it being an entrance to the bigger hallway and wrapping around the corner instead of just doing the long hallway.

An eclectic foyer with a floor to ceiling gallery wall and chinoiserie touches.
Foyer Area

The gallery art wall pieces are light and almost neutral with touches of purple and green and I really want to see them against a color!

An eclectic and chinoiserie styled entry decor with lots of art.
Foyer Gallery Wall

I plan on keeping my thrifted mirror at the end of the first hallway and reusing the full gallery wall art in both hallways above the board and batten with a few new editions as needed.

Hallway with lots of art looking into another hallway with a large mirror and bench.
View from first hallway into second.

We’ve talked about adding another sun tunnel like the one in my office but I know a new light fixture will do wonders and look fabulous in front of the mirror. I would love to add more lighting with battery-operated remote control gallery lights on a few of the larger paintings.

A couple of other things that I want to achieve is a more sophisticated clean look but with the colorful maximalist vibe that is in the rest of our home and new architectural details. My ideal makeover would include new door hardware and a pair of new or old corbels at the opening of the long hallway.

A view of a short hallway into a long hallway decorated with colorful rugs, large mirror, and a bench .
I love that mirror!

This week I plan on finalizing the materials and plans and getting started on the wall sanding and moldings before my husband starts the Spring semester for his doctorate. Filling holes, caulking, and painting I can do easily on my own to finish up.

Hallway Makeover Inspiration

I’ll have a mood board ready for you next week but here are a few visual references that have the style I want!

I love the all-over color in this room makeover from I Spy DIY. I think I can get a similar feel with tone on tone or green and white which would flow better with the living room.

I mentioned a few times I think that I’m using green! I have multiple shades and tints in our house and am leaning towards the paint I used on our master bathroom ceiling and windowsill.

A gorgeous small garden bathroom with floral green wallpaper and white tile and a grey vanity with marble floors.
Garden Bathroom

It’s time to get these hallways on par with the rest of my New Year New Room Refresh spaces!

A boho vintage girl's bedroom with mint green bird wallpaper below a chair rail and pink upper walls.  A twin brass bed is in front of green velvet curtains.
Boho Vintage Girl’s Room
A beautiful maximalist office with green desk cabinets and bird wallpaper.
Windowless Office Makeover
A French blue and white laundry room refresh with leftover paint and wallpaper.
Laundry Room Refresh

Here’s a breakdown of what needs to happen.

  • Sand the walls and repair any cracks
  • Install crown moudling
  • Install board and battan treament
  • Caulk, fill holes, and paint board and battan white
  • Paint doors and moudling white
  • Touch up ceiling paint
  • Paint upper walls green
  • Install new light fixutre
  • Install new door hardware?
  • Hang art
  • Place rugs
  • Hang gallery lights

Make sure to visit the other participants! They are so inspiring!

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New Year New Room Refresh Participants

Casa Watkins Living // Delineate Your Dwelling // Domicile 37 // House by Hoff // Iris Nacole // JZ Holmes // Live Pretty On A Penny // Love Your Abode // My Eclectic Nest // Our Fifth House // This Is Our Bliss // Up To Date Interiors

Join me on Instagram for behind-the-scenes, DIYs, decorating tips, room tours, and home inspiration. I’ll see you over there!

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