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I'm slowly decorating the house. I've done pretty much everything, it's just a case of putting in some accessories. I'm thinking about what to do with the hallways, one downstairs and one upstairs. I'm thinking about putting a mirror up and I'm considering runners. My issue is what colours to go for. We have a chocolate brown carpet on the stairs and I'm thinking that I should runners in the same colour to match so it doesn't look strange or should I go for different colours? I don't want it to look strange. I'm not 100% sure what I want to do with the hall so any other suggestions would also be welcome.

MrsCraig
23 days ago
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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap23 days ago

Arrrrr not a hall we decorating ours well my OH is while I do homeschooling and he keeps getting part way and changing his mind.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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23 days ago

Imnotcheap we have already painted it, it's just to make it look more welcoming. My husband doesn't care about how it is decorated as long as he doesn't have to do it!

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap23 days ago
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Ann1984
Ann198423 days ago

Keep it brown and the runners with a colour Amazon have some great runners rugs with brown and creams or red, keep walls bright because if you sell it’s a blank canvas. I have brown carpet with cream and a black framed mirror.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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23 days ago

Ann1984 I have already painted the house, it is all neutral and just adding colour with accessories. I'm not changing the carpet on the stairs which was why I thought keeping the accessories brown would be best. We are planning to sell once my husband gets a new job, so want it to be a blank canvass for new owners but to also look welcoming.

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Ann1984
Ann198423 days ago

MrsCraig yeah that’s what am saying had a runner with a colour in maybe some canvas prints using command strips instead of mirror so no holes in walls this can be off putting to some buyers. Less is more we put our house up for sale last year but because market was poor we had to pull out and it sold in under 24hrs.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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23 days ago

Ann1984 I would be using the command strips for the mirror but would be using one of the hook type ones, I have one holding up our clock in the living room. I can't find any canvass type prints that I like or are neutral enough, plus I don't think a canvass would look right where I'm planning to put it in the hall. Our house is quite minimalist anyway, just wanting to make it look nice.

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kfe202
kfe20210 days ago

MrsCraig Cream and brown is neutral and warm and would make the place a blank canvas. If you do put in a pop of colour, make sure that the colour is repeated three times in the space and then it won't look strange. Three picture frames or a vase, a picture frame and a runner ... If the colour is repeated three times, it is going to look deliberate.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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10 days ago

kfe202 our stairs are chocolate brown and the walls are magnolia with white woodwork, so I'm planning to stick to those colours to keep it neutral but still undecided about a runner or a welcome mat, definitely getting a mirror and possibly a vase. I like the idea of having the colour 3 times so it looks deliberate

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BORDERJOE
BORDERJOE10 days ago

kfe202 That's really interesting! Will file the tip away in my memory banks! Thanks

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kfe202
kfe2029 days ago

BORDERJOE You're so welcome! Glad to be of help. Do let us know how the project turns out.

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eyeballkerry
eyeballkerry23 days ago

We put up lining paper in our hall and wanted a light paint to brighten it up. It turned out we picked the same colour as the lining paper. It was difficult to see the where we had painted. It wasn’t until real daylight hit it we saw we had missed loads.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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23 days ago

eyeballkerry I have already repainted the hall and we have wallpaper going up the stairs, so it's more accessories to brighten it up a bit but I'm worried that the runners won't look right. Plus when we came to view the house there wasn't any sort of decoration in the hall, so wondering if it would be too much.

Also what is lining paper?

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pato
pato23 days ago

The trick with doing your own decorating is to only paint the walls in daylight with the lights off, as you won't have the shadows. also if when using lining paper you still see the seems, gypsum and a light sandpaper and it'll look like plain walls.

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Lynibis
Lynibis23 days ago

Just be careful where you place a mirror in upstairs hallway. In the past I have wandered to the bathroom in middle of the night and in my bleary state thought I had come face to face with an intruder/ghost lol.

It is always hard to get an exact match so I would agree with Ann for runners, russet, dark beige etc.

I find mirror in downstairs hall essential and have one with a shelf and hooks, very handy for umbrella and currently face masks.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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23 days ago

Lynibis I can imagine that would be rather scary in the middle of the night thinking there was an intruder! I am not planning to put a mirror in the upstairs hallway, there is only one place it could go and it wouldn't look right there, so I'm just putting one downstairs. I have seen mirrors with a shelf and thought they would handy, never seen one with hooks on it though, will look into that!

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Lynibis
Lynibis23 days ago

MrsCraig it was the one and only time I have bought a deal from here and it was in an Argos sale. I think it was only £18 reduced from £60, I will take a photo and edit this post.

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Lynibis
Lynibis23 days ago

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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23 days ago

Lynibis oh now that is lovely, I like that! I'm not sure whether to get a square or a round mirror, although I think I prefer a square one

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beccatavender
beccatavender23 days ago

I think a runner brings some interest to a hallway plus you can take it with you when you move. It also has the added benefit of

protecting your carpet in high traffic areas

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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23 days ago

beccatavender we only have carpet on the stairs but yes it gets the majority of the dirt on it. I'm just not sure if a runner would look right in my hallway or if I will like how it looks

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Ann1984
Ann198423 days ago

Why not share a picture of hallway as is now

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beccatavender
beccatavender23 days ago

Good idea I know a runner looks good on a wooden or tiled floor it draws the eye making it look longer

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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23 days ago

Ann1984 I would but my washing is hanging up of the airer and it takes up part of the hallway!

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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23 days ago

beccatavender we have wood effect laminate in the hallway

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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23 days ago

Ann1984 Image please ignore the washing!

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Ann1984
Ann198423 days ago

With it being narrow am thinking no to runner but yes to a welcome doormat to keep it light a brown runner may make it dark

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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23 days ago

Ann1984 that's my concern, that it will make it look dark or make it look narrower. It's an average sized hallway for the type of house it is, but I don't want to make it look small!

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Ann1984
Ann198423 days ago

MrsCraig you have to think will new house fit the runner so the £30 could be spent elsewhere like front door plants with spring coming up for added curb appeal

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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23 days ago

Ann1984 I'm waiting to paint the fence, the wall and the railings outside when the weather gets better. As you say the runner might not suit the new house so would be wasted money. Added curb appeal might be the way to go

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Ann1984
Ann198423 days ago

MrsCraig yeah plus you get to enjoy it too while wait for sale

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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23 days ago

Ann1984 very true

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lilyflower
lilyflower23 days ago

We've two long darkish passages with beige/brown carpet and no windows, we have something similar to this in one of them, gives the impression it's longer and lighter (it doesn't mark the wall, we put it back up after decorating) https://www.wayfair.co.uk/home-decor/pdp/east-urban-home-red-blossom-flowers-wall-sticker-u000649584.html

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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23 days ago

lilyflower I think that's really pretty but my husband would hate it and I would never hear the end of his moaning!

The hallways aren't dark, just not very exciting, but then again it's a hallway!

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beccatavender
beccatavender23 days ago

I think a runner would look nice, a good way of introducing some colour, Dunhelm have some nice ones, https://www.runrug.com/hall/runners

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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23 days ago

beccatavender I like the zigzag one, if I can find one that is brown but with some colour in it that would be good, just so it matches the stairs

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G0501
G050123 days ago

I really like big round mirrors, either with a black frame, or gold or copper depending on what suits the colour scheme.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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23 days ago

G0501 it can't be any bigger than 50cm across due to where I am planning to put it. My hall is magnolia and white with light wood effect flooring so I was thinking white, silver or possibly chocolate brown frame to match the carpet

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beccatavender
beccatavender23 days ago

You can get any size at https://www.runrug.com/hall/runners

Plus I think they are offering 10% off, I would be tempted to add a splash of colour Image

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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23 days ago

beccatavender I will have a look thanks 😊

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pato
pato23 days ago

I agree with putting a mirror in the hallway but only if it doesn't look too cumbersome, I would also look into running some LED strip lights down the staircase, preferably hidden under a bannister that way you won't have any glare and you can create a different lighting each day until you find something suitable that you like, the colour of the carpet will then be irrelevant and give you more scope for accessories to suit your mood.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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23 days ago

pato I won't be getting anything too ornate, just something simple that I know will suit my house. I don't like the idea of putting LED lights under the banister. I'm doing this for selling the house later on, so not something I would consider putting in, plus I don't think it would look right on my stairs. I'm not worried about accessories to suit my mood, but I would like it to match the carpet so there is flow through the hallways

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pato
pato23 days ago

I see, I was going to ask what shape your hallway was but noticed your picture, so if you're planning on selling I think I'd maybe buy a few picture frames from Ikea as they're under £10 each and put prints in them, then space them equally along the wall, and maybe a mirror on the other side, good luck.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig
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10 days ago

Ann1984 ohh thanks, I will have a look!

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