my plan for our hallway

It's funny how your plans change once you're living in the space.  Before we moved into our new house, I dreamed of this hall as my inspiration piece.  I wanted lacquered walls with sconces.
via Trad home

But the sconces I wanted (below) were $250 a piece and I needed about six of them.  Um...no.

So I changed the plan.
Here is the before shot of our bedroom hall.
It's dark, dingy, and beige-er than beige.  Notice the boob light?  It was centered it in the little niche of bedrooms and didn't provide enough light.

I had our electrician remove the light, cover it with drywall, and add two new pendants.
I love the modern touch and how what little light is in there gets bounced around by the glass.
Now it's my responsibility to help the hallway match the lights. 
 (I think I said the same thing about our dining room!)

I still love the idea of high gloss or lacquered walls but the longer we've lived here, the more narrow the hall feels.  I've realized that I don't think I want to actually hang anything on these walls but I also don't want them to be boring.  You can see the hall from the living, kitchen, and dining room so it has to look good!
Our living room is going to be painted Salt Glaze by Martha.
And our kitchen/entryway are both Snow White by BM.
My solution for the walls is wide, horizontal stripes in both of these colors.  
I think it will be more interesting, brighter, and yet still help the flow of the home.
Plus, when we get new flooring the stripes will still work.

What do you think?  

Do you like the two pendants and the plan for stripes?  
After shots coming soon to a blog near you. :-)

Thanks for reading!


  1. I LOVE the new hall lights, Abby! They really look great in your space and must put off such a gorgeous glow when they are on.

  2. It all looks super. I love the paint colors that you have picked out. And the horizonal stripes sound great. I know that you said that you didn't want 'things' on the walls but would a mirror help expand the narrowness a bit?

  3. yes so cute! cannot wait to see the final result!
    xo emily

  4. Abby!!! Looking very good! I really like colors you are picking and the idea of stripes.

    I have been eyeing the same pendants - West Elm?

    And I recently purchased ONE of those Library lights! 6 would not have been in my budget either!

    Happy weekend to you,


  5. Hi Abby,
    I like your plan to paint the hallway with colors from the adjoining rooms. They should definitely brighten the space, and the horizontal stripes will make the hallway feel wider. I can't wait to see the finished project.

  6. I love that idea- it will definitely brighten up the space and make it interesting even if you don't hang up anything. Love the colours :)

  7. love the new lights and the plan for stripes sounds great!

  8. So funny, I was just at a house last night with the exact same lights! They look great, but the owner said they are hard to clean...I hope your collect less dust!

  9. I love the lighter colors! I'd also love to see the ceiling smoothed and crown molding added! Nothing like a never ending to-do list...I know the feeling!

  10. I have been eyeing those light pendants from West Elm for a while. They are so gorgeous, isn't it? I can't wait to see your beautiful light fixtures with the striped hall!

    Have a great weekend!


  11. Have I told you yet I love how your house is coming,lol? My energy and ambition got up and left! Love the lights and thought of stripes. I adore horizontal stripes and what a perfect solution. And I agree with the comment about a mirror. Something all mirror would be cool!

  12. Yep, love. I think they are interesting without being over-done. And I am largely in favor of the stripes too - same effect with those - big statement without too much else needed. Looking forward to more updates!

  13. It will lead the eye down the hallway perfectly, and make it feel larger than it is - perfect plan, hon!

  14. Yes yes ohhhhhhh yes! The stripes will look perfect down the hallway.

  15. Love the stripe idea and the lights are perfect. Can't wait to see the after pictures.

  16. Wow- I love the new pendant lights! Gorgeous find. And your plan for the horizontal stripes is a great one. My mom recently added wide, horizontal stripes in her hallway. It really looks like the walls have been pushed back a few inches :) Cannot wait for the reveal!

  17. I love the new lights and the stripes idea, I can't wait to see it!

  18. I'm diggin' the stripes idea and those new globes are bea-u-tiful! I'm always down with a great transformation! (c:

  19. LOVE the new pendants! and can't wait to see the kitchen painted in that beautiful minty color!!

  20. I like the idea of stripes better than the lacquered walls!! I think your fixtures are pretty and won't compete with the stripes!! Can't wait to see how it all turns out!

  21. What do the ceiling lights look like at night when they are lit? I try to control light and am wondering about these for a project I am on.

  22. Love the Pendant Lights. I just purchased two from West Elm as well! They are hanging over the bar area in the kitchen. They really add a different feel to the room.


Abby Manchesky Interiors is a boutique design firm based in Grand Rapids, MI. Combining the new traditional, vintage and a dash of the unexpected is her ideal. Contact Abby Manchesky Interiors for more information on available interior design services for clients near and far. abbyminteriors@gmail.com | 616.719.9400


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