Colour for long narrow hallway?

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SilverSixpence Tue 01-Oct-13 15:53:07

We have a Victorian house with a dark narrow hallway. At the moment it is a yellowy cream with textured wallpaper which we are finally getting rid of. I want a light colour but not sure about white as we have other white rooms. Was considering F&B blue ground or a warm pale grey - any ideas?

SilverSixpence Tue 01-Oct-13 15:53:44

Also would white eggshell work with this for the woodwork and banisters?

mummaemma Tue 01-Oct-13 20:58:37

found this article if it helps???

Hallways are often a difficult part of the home to decorate, and choosing a colour to paint a narrow hallway is even trickier. A narrow hallway can look very dark and tunnel-like without the right decor. You can use paint and other decorating tricks to make your hallway appear larger and lighter, even if it has no windows. With the right colour and a few other ideas to open up the space, your hallway will go from dark tunnel to cheerful passageway.Your first thought might be to paint the hallway white, but a hallway that is narrow, especially if it is long, will look sterile and institutional as a long stretch of white. A better choice of neutral is a creamy ecru, a very soft tan, or a sandy light brown. These warm neutrals give the appearance of a more open space, without the cold feel of pure white. Neutrals will complement the colors of any rooms opening onto the hallway, keeping your home harmonized.
Pastels with a warm base will visually open your hallway and are an excellent choice if rooms opening onto the hall are painted in similar colours. Your narrow hallway will open up and take on a welcoming style in a pale blue, soft pastel green, buttery yellow or the palest rose pink. Be sure to choose pastel colours with a warm undertone, as cool colours will give a narrow hallway a cold, dark appearance.

Paint baseboards and other trim the same colour as your walls, but in a semi-gloss finish. If you prefer to have the trim different from the walls, stick with the same color, but in a lighter shade. By keeping the trim the same or very similar to the walls, the hallway appears to open up. Avoid a tunnel-like feeling by painting the ceiling a lighter tint of the colour on the walls. You can break up the appearance of a long hallway and add interest by painting doors a bright, bold colour that matches the room they open into.

mummaemma Tue 01-Oct-13 21:04:43

what about farrow and ball blackened, strong white, or borrowed light??

SilverSixpence Fri 18-Oct-13 09:33:52

thanks all, have tried quite a few colours and not thrilled with any of them! Thinking of going for Laura Ashley eau de nil as we had this in a room in our old house and really liked it. Or maybe a greeny grey like Dulux Dusted Moss 2.

I saw a lovely google image of a farrow and ball pale pink in an Edwardian hallway - slipper satin I think - it looked beautifully warm and inviting with the original features

Thisisanoutrage Fri 18-Oct-13 09:57:55

We are about to paint ours Dulux Dusted Moss 2 or Dulux Just Walnut (more of a pinky grey).

Just can't quite decide.

mewkins Fri 18-Oct-13 22:16:20

We also have just walnut in ours. It looks a bit dingy in our downstairs hall but lovely and bright on upstairs landing. How about a jasmine white?

mathanxiety Sat 19-Oct-13 04:14:22

I went against all orthodoxy and used burgundy in an interior dark hallway. I painted the ceiling moulding and wainscoting a good warm white and the ceiling was also white. There were two doors off the hallway that were a medium natural wood, and the floor was also natural wood but darker than the doors. The dark colour gave the space gravitas -- it wasn't just a place where people had to go to get from point A to point B. It transformed it from dingy to elegant -- I had a magnolia-like cream on it before and it was so blah I couldn't stand it.

SilverSixpence Sat 19-Oct-13 23:50:21

yet more testers bought today, I am liking (but not loving) Crown Cloud Burst (grey), Dusted Moss 2 was not that great on. I also liked a sage green but again not sure about having so much of it. Also bought F&B Dix blue which is beautiful but am not sure about it upstairs and downstairs as it would be too much. Jasmine white might be an option. DH was suggesting a different colour above and below the rail?

SilverSixpence Mon 21-Oct-13 11:30:00

Bumping for more wise advice!

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