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Blissed Out: 10 Luxurious, Spa-Inspired Bathroom Design Ideas We Love

At the end of a long day, a soak in the tub, a face mask, or at-home manicure are perfect ways to unwind and pamper yourself. And where do those activities all take place? The bathroom. As a major hub of self-care, we’re big believers that bathrooms shouldn’t simply be functional spaces; we’re of the mindset that they should be as luxurious and spa-like as possible! After all, there’s no reason you have to wait until you’re on vacation or a weekend getaway to really pamper yourself. With a well-designed bathroom, that can be part of your daily routine!

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We’ve compiled a list of 10 of our favorite pampering bathroom design ideas to elevate your space and transform it from a washroom to an at-home relaxation station. And, when you’re ready to transform your existing bathroom into a luxurious retreat, we’re here to help. With our Renovation Design services, we’ll create immersive 3D designs that help you plan out your space—from reconfiguring the layout to choosing fixtures and finishes.

Here are 10 tips for bathroom design upgrades that will make your bathroom truly feel like a pampering escape.

1. Go Monochromatic

Relaxing, luxurious spas tend to feature a very limited color palette—and that’s because simple, neutral color palettes tend to be incredibly soothing. To make your bathroom super relaxing, stick with a monochromatic neutral color scheme, using grays and light neutrals to create an airy, elevated vibe. And if you do want to add a bit of color, stick with light and soothing shades of blue or green.

2. Use Natural Stone

In a bathroom, the use of natural stone like slate, granite, marble, and limestone can make the space feel very spa-like. And it can be used in so many different places, from the floors, to wall tiles, shelves, and countertops. Not to mention decorative accents! Natural elements are a great way to add some texture and even color to your space in a way that still feels really organic and relaxing.

3. Install a Soaking Tub

We know that not everyone has the space for one—but a freestanding soaking tub is one of the number one ways that you can take your bathroom from functionality to luxury. With the addition of a soaking tub, your bathroom automatically begins to feel like a high-end spa, and they make the experience of soaking in a tub so much more enjoyable. But they are large, so if you want to add one to your space or swap out your current tub, just know that you need the floor space and the proper floor support to ensure you have the necessary space and structure .

4. Opt for Brass Hardware

Swapping out your current hardware for brass is a great way to instantly elevate your bathroom design. Brass is extremely versatile, style-wise, especially with the different types of finishes. Lacquered brass is more shiny and glossy—perfect for modern or glam spaces. Unlacquered brass, which develops a patina over time, is perfect for classic, traditional, and rustic spaces. But both add a classic, luxurious feel to a bathroom design, whether it’s cabinet hardware, mirror frames, or lighting fixtures.

Want something more contemporary? Matte black hardware is another great choice that beautifully complements a spa-like vibe.

5. Layer Your Lighting

In any bathroom—but especially one designed to feel like a spa—it’s important to have layered lighting. So, don’t just use bright ceiling lights! Instead, install a mix of overhead lighting, sconces, and recessed lighting, and make at least some of it dimmable. This allows you to shift the lighting level throughout the day and depending on what you need—like bright lights for applying makeup or doing a manicure or dim, moody lighting for soaking in the tub!

6. Upgrade Your Shower

Nothing says practical in a bathroom quite like a prefabricated shower. If you really want to upgrade your bathroom, install a large, glass-door walk-in shower with a waterfall or rainfall showerhead. Finish the walls in an organic tile or natural stone to further drive home the feeling of it being a luxurious retreat. You’ve now gone from practical to pampered, and your life will never be the same!

And while, with glass doors, you will be eliminating the need for a shower curtain, you still do have one curtain to consider—the one covering your windows. We love a mix of roman shades and a gauzy curtain, which offer both privacy and beautiful light-filtering texture to your space.

7. Add Wooden Accents

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Wood accents throughout your bathroom is a great way to bring an organic feel to your bathroom. A wooden stool, bathtub caddy, or woven hamper is a great way to bring visual warmth to your space without sacrificing an airy, serene vibe. Another way to add a natural element to your bathroom is with ceramic tiles that are designed to look like wood. Installing these on your floors or walls adds a very high-end spa retreat vibe without sacrificing the durability of your space.

8. Apply Wallpaper

Wallpaper can look very sophisticated and really elevate a luxurious bathroom if the colors and pattern are subtle and timeless. This is a great choice for an accent wall behind your vanity and mirrors or to highlight a unique architectural feature like a wall niche.

9. Incorporate Plants

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An excellent way to up the spa-like factor in your bathroom? Include greenery. But not just a small potted plant or two—make it part of the space with a green wall or built-in planters! This type of natural element will give your space a truly zen feel. Plus, many plants—especially of the tropical variety—will actually thrive in the bathroom if there’s enough natural light, due to high humidity levels. But if you don’t have enough natural light, go faux for the look without the risk of your plants dying!

10. Banish Clutter

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A spa is never cluttered—and your spa-like bathroom shouldn’t be either. So, keep your floors open and clear of dirty clothing and towels, and make sure your countertops only have the necessities out. For everything else, utilize baskets, canisters, and other organization tools to keep your products accessible and organized but out of sight when not in use.

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Keep It Fresh: Design Decisions to Consider Before Undertaking a Bathroom Renovation

When moving into a new home, bathrooms are often one of the first things to get updated. They’re such high-traffic spaces that it’s important to make sure they function for your needs. (And, of course, it’s nice when they fit your design style as well!)

But bathroom renovations can be costly and involved—especially if you’re changing the layout or knocking out any walls. So, it’s important to know what you’re getting into before undertaking such a large project. And it’s worth thinking through what you actually need to change versus what would be nice to have. This can help you prioritize where to splurge and where to try and save on your bathroom renovation costs.

All of this leaves you with a lot of decisions to make! But there’s no need to worry—you don’t have to go through a major renovation alone! If you want some bathroom renovation ideas and help to design and plan your bathroom remodel, check out our Renovation Design packages. Our renovation design experts will create immersive, 3D design plans for your renovation project, customized to your style, budget, and lifestyle needs. Learn more about Modsy Renovation Design.

Your renovation design expert will tell you that, when exploring bathroom renovation ideas, there are a few big design decisions to consider:

  • Fixtures and Hardware
  • Walls
  • Flooring
  • Storage
  • Cost

Today we’re walking you through all of the design decisions to think through and plan before you start a bathroom demo. Read more about each of these bathroom renovation ideas below!

Bathroom Fixtures and Hardware

In real estate, a fixture is anything that’s permanently attached to the house. In a bathroom, this generally refers to toilets, sinks, showers, and tubs, as well as lighting and mirrors. Bathroom hardware, like cabinet pulls and faucets also generally fall under this category.

Toilets

You might be surprised to discover exactly how many styles of toilets are out there. Probably the biggest decision you’ll have to make when shopping for a new toilet is if you want a one or two-piece toilet. A two-piece toilet is the most popular option, where the tank and bowl are actually separate pieces. There are more style options available with two-piece toilets and they also tend to be more budget-friendly. One-piece toilets tend to have a smaller footprint, which is great for small bathrooms. They’re also more durable and easier to clean!

Tubs and Showers

Some bathrooms have combined tubs and showers, others have freestanding tubs and a shower stall, and still, others have only one or the other. Tub options run from economical molded kits and drop-in tubs to luxurious freestanding soaking tubs. Whatever style you choose, a tub is a must-have for households with young children. Showers can also run the gamut, ranging from simple shower inserts to custom tiled rain showers. Standalone shower stalls are the most practical choice for small bathrooms.

Vanities and Sinks

There are two general options for bathroom sinks—freestanding pedestal sinks or vanities with built-in sinks. Pedestal sinks don’t offer storage space, but they’re a good choice for powder rooms and small bathrooms. Vanity sinks are more practical; they tend to offer both drawer and cabinet storage, and you have the flexibility to have one or two sinks built into the vanity, depending on the space you have to work with.

Mirrors

In a bathroom, you’ll generally have a mirror above your sink. If you have a double vanity, you’ll want to choose either one large, rectangular mirror or individual mirrors above each sink. Some people also appreciate a full-length mirror in their bathroom, particularly if it’s part of a primary bedroom suite.

Lighting

There are a couple of lighting areas to consider in a bathroom. You’ll generally want vanity lighting above your sink and mirror, which provides proper lighting for makeup application and other personal care needs. But it can be nice to have an overhead flush-mount light as well, plus additional recessed lighting in or around your tub or shower. This layered lighting also allows you to create the level of brightness you desire throughout the day.

Faucets, Showerheads, and Hardware

Faucets, showerheads, and bathroom hardware are a great way to drive home the design style of your bathroom. (Hardware can include anything from vanity draw pulls to towel racks and toilet paper holders.) With each of these pieces, you have your choice of a variety of finishes—from black or bronze to brass, nickel, or chrome. The shape of these pieces of hardware will also impact if your space feels more modern or traditional. Swapping out your hardware and faucet is a low-cost, high-impact way to update the look of your bathroom.

Bathroom Walls

When it comes to your bathroom walls, you can keep it simple or make a statement. Aside from paint colors, there are a number of wall treatments you can put on your walls to achieve the particular style you’re going for. But different design choices will, of course, impact your budget, the time it takes to complete your bathroom renovation, and if it can be DIY or if you’ll need professional assistance.

Painted Walls

Painted walls are the simplest and easiest ways to finish your bathroom walls. And, it’s a great way to easily add color or change the look of your bathroom if you want a quick refresh! It’s probably obvious, but paint is also the most affordable option for bathroom walls. We recommend using a satin sheen when painting bathroom walls.

Tile Walls

Tile walls are durable and easy to clean—which is definitely a plus when it comes to bathrooms! And while installation may take a bit longer than simple drywall, it can also have a big visual impact. Tiling can be simple and affordable (think: white subway tiles) or luxurious and detailed, with intricate designs or hand-made tiles. There’s something to fit any and all price points!

Millwork

Millwork like beadboard, wainscotting, or board and batten can add a timeless, classic look to your bathroom. Woodwork like this—which is often just installed on the lower half of a bathroom wall—can also help protect the drywall. This wall add-on can be tackled as a DIY project, but depending on the design you choose, it can be more custom and involved. If that’s the case, bring in the professionals!

Wallpaper

Installing wallpaper in your bathroom is a great way to add a pop of color, pattern, and character to your bathroom! It’s great for an accent wall or peek-a-boo nook, like the photo above. However, since wallpaper can be sensitive to humidity, this type of wall treatment is best for low-moisture bathrooms—particularly half-baths where there isn’t a shower or a guest bathroom that isn’t used for showering as often. Peel-and-stick wallpaper is great for those who just want to dabble in the wallpaper trend. But if you’re going for traditional wallpaper, we recommend hiring a professional for proper installation.

Bathroom Floors

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The flooring you choose for your bathroom can have a big impact on the overall style of your bathroom. But the material you choose also determines how high or low-maintenance it is—and, of course, impacts your budget.

Tile Floors

Tile is the most common bathroom floor choice—and for good reason. Tile can get wet without getting damaged and it’s easy to clean. Tile also comes in so many different materials, colors, styles, and patterns; it’s incredibly versatile for a range of styles and budgets. However, tile can be quite cold if you don’t have in-floor heating, and it’s slippery when wet. And, while tile has a long life, the grout needs to be replaced about every 10 years.

Wood Floors

Wood floors are a great way to add visual warmth to your bathroom. And physically, wood floors are also warmer than the more common tile flooring. However, wood is more sensitive to moisture and humidity than tile—so only install wood flooring into a bathroom with good ventilation. Wood flooring is a better choice in a half-bath, where you don’t have a tub or shower that will potentially leak water onto the floor. Despite its sensitivity, wood flooring is beautiful and versatile, and when treated properly will have a long life. It can even be refinished to extend the life and refresh the look.

Vinyl Floors

Vinyl is a durable and affordable material. Since it’s waterproof, it’s a great flooring material for high-traffic areas or bathrooms where spills are more likely to occur (we’re looking at you, kids and pets!). You can opt for vinyl tiling or vinyl planks that mimic the look of wood flooring. Vinyl flooring is also fairly easy and affordable to swap out if you want to refresh the look of your bathroom.

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Bathroom Storage

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There isn’t anyone who wants less bathroom storage. In fact, most bathroom renovations include adding storage! Having ample storage space in your bathroom means less clutter on your countertops. Plus, the proper amount of storage space can transform the usability of your space. Here are some storage areas to consider.

Bath and Shower Storage

One often-overlooked bathroom storage necessity is proper bath and shower storage. So many tubs and showers don’t have built-in niches or shelves where you can store shampoo, conditioner, and soap. Instead, you’re stuck hanging shower caddies on your showerheads or trying to get tension-rod shelves to stay put. When undertaking a bathroom renovation, it’s well worth it to think through bath and shower storage.

Cabinets

There are a couple of different places in the bathroom where it’s helpful to have closed cabinet storage. First off, it’s nice to have towels and toilet paper ticked away in your bathroom, rather than in a hall closet. When you need a fresh towel or a toilet paper refill, you don’t want to have to leave the bathroom to grab them. So, it’s ideal to have a linen closet or cabinet for stashing these essentials.

It’s also ideal to have ample storage space for personal care products like lotion, makeup, and medications. Some bathrooms have cabinets that hide behind the mirror above the sink, which offers easy-access storage. If you opt for a sink with vanity rather than a pedestal sink, you’ll also get some drawers and under-sink storage to keep more products close at hand. If you don’t have one or both of these storage options near your sink, you’ll want to think about other cabinetry or storage space you can add to your bathroom to give yourself enough space to store all of your products while keeping them easily accessible.

Freestanding Storage and Floating Shelves

If you need a little extra storage space but aren’t ready to undergo a bathroom remodel, consider adding some freestanding storage shelves or installing floating shelves for aesthetically pleasing personal care products or decor.

Bathroom Renovation Costs

Costs for a bathroom remodel can vary pretty drastically depending on if it’s a total gut remodel or just some hardware and paint updates. The square footage of your bathroom will also impact your budget. For example, a powder room (AKA a half-bath) will generally cost less than a full bathroom. And if you decide to change the layout, which often involves moving to plumb, the overall cost will jump significantly. While there are so many factors that impact cost, below you’ll find three general levels for a bathroom renovation.

The Starter Bathroom

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If you just moved into your first home or are embarking on your first renovation project (especially if it’s DIY), this is probably the level of renovation you want to undertake. You want a bathroom that’s practical for your needs and reflective of your style—but it’s all about achieving this with the lowest-cost, highest-impact design choices.

The Budget: $3,000–$5,000

To keep the budget for this level of renovation reasonable, keep and reuse as many pieces of the original bathroom as possible—and definitely keep the original layout. Only swap out the fixtures that absolutely need to be updated; otherwise, opt for simple hardware updates that will make a big visual difference without a big price tag.

The Needs and Wants: 

  • Choose affordable, entry-point hardware and select fixture upgrades
  • Keep original layout, flooring, and large fixtures, but use wall treatments, decor, and hardware to update the look to your preferred style
  • Select durable materials that can handle wear-and-tear
  • Use paint and decor to drive home your unique style

The Family Investment

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This level of renovation is generally embarked upon to meet the lifestyle needs of a homeowner. Sometimes that’s accommodating a growing family or guests and other times it’s reflective of storage needs or outdated fixtures. Often style preferences play a role in the direction of the final look of the space.

The Budget: $10,000–$30,000

With this renovation level, you’re investing enough that you want to make sure the materials and fixtures you choose are ones you love and can live with for a while. You want to make sure the materials you choose are durable and can withstand plenty of foot traffic over a long period of time.  It may not be 100% your dream bathroom, since practicality is definitely a factor—but it’s going to come pretty close, with the added benefit that it will better serve you or your family’s needs.

The Needs and Wants: 

  • Update wall treatments and flooring
  • Install new hardware and possibly fixtures
  • Add storage to meet your or your family’s needs
  • Prioritize a highly functional and durable design that’s adaptable for a growing family or changing needs

The Luxe Bathroom

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This is the type of bathroom that dreams are made of. This is generally a bathroom renovation that you plan and save for quite a while, with the end result being a high-end, spa-like bathroom that’s tailored to your exact needs and wants.

The Budget: $30,000+

For a luxurious bathroom renovation, you’ll want to make sure you have a pretty robust budget so that you can make all the updates you desire.  For this renovation, go big and splurge on beautiful, high-quality materials and professional labor to make sure everything is installed to perfection.

The Needs and Wants: 

  • Reconfiguring the layout and potentially moving walls and/or fixtures
  • Update flooring and possibly install in-floor heating
  • Install custom tilework
  • Update hardware and fixtures throughout the space
  • Add storage space

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These 14 Stylish Hallway Decor Ideas Will Make You Rethink This Forgotten Space

The entry hall isn’t usually the first place people think to decorate. In fact, it’s often a neglected space because it’s a small area that can be challenging to outfit with the right furniture, art, and accents. Well, we’re here to tell you it’s actually one of the easiest spaces for you to pull off a big design moment.

With just a few thoughtful touches, you can turn any foyer or narrow hallway into a functional and fabulous entry that makes an impression. Whether it’s coming up with smart storage solutions, finding the right seating options or pulling together the best art pieces for big blank walls, there are easy ways you can make the most of this small and busy space to suit your style and practical daily needs.

For inspiration and guidance, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite hallway decorating tricks that marry style and function. Read on for our favorite ideas on how to decorate a hallway and get our tips for styling up yours at home!

 how to decorate a hallwayLayered Rugs

File this under simplest and chicest hallway decorating ideas. Laying down rugs in your entry not only adds soft texture from the ground up, but it also protects your floors and makes the hallway appear longer and more spacious.

Pair a runner with an area rug, like this entry, for a varied look, or try matching runners. The best part about layering rugs is that it’s one of few hallway decor ideas that adds color and pattern without requiring you to hang things up. Just be sure to use rug pads to hold them in place.

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how to decorate a hallwaySlender Seating & Storage

A narrow hallway can feel like a challenging space to decorate, but don’t let the compact square footage stop you. It’s actually perfect for slender furniture designs, like the streamlined bench and open-base console in this passageway.

With a narrow space, the right size furniture matters so pick pieces that fit neatly along walls. Round them out with a mix of practical and decorative decor, like pillows for the bench along, art and lighting for your console, and some pretty bins and containers to corral clutter—we love baskets for stylish storage solutions!

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Slim Console Shelf

Whether your entry opens into a spacious foyer area or extends into a narrow hallway, a slim console table always makes for a stylish and practical solution. It takes up minimal floor space and leaves tons of walking room all around, which is key in any high-traffic hallway.

Consider a tiered console shelf that provides you with an extra level of storage and display space. A console shelf is also a great solution in dimly lit narrow hallways, since you can use the lower level for storing heavy books and items and top it with a table lamp and mirror to reflect light and open up the space.

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Full Gallery Wall

One of our favorite hallway decorating ideas is to build out a floor-to-ceiling gallery wall. It’s a visually bold way to display large collections of art or photos, and it instantly gives a hallway so much personality.

There are many ways to build out a gallery wall, and how you do it is entirely up to you. While you can stick to black-and-white photos or a series of colorful paintings, why not try mixing different kinds of art. Combine photos, drawings, paintings, and even posters to create a more dynamic look. After all, decorating a hallway is about showcasing your personal style. So go big with your art picks!

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Oversized Art

If a full gallery wall in your entry passage feels a tad overwhelming for you, pare it down and focus on one oversize piece of art instead. It gives you the same dramatic effect with a more minimal, clean-lined look.

Try hanging a large-scale painting with pops of color to liven up all the blank wall space around it or go for a graphic look with a big black-and-white framed photograph. Round out the artwork by flanking it with sconces, which will give it a more formal and elevated look. When it comes to hallway decor ideas that are easy to pull off and offer instant visual impact, you can’t beat this.

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Multifunctional Passthrough

Part of the challenge with decorating a hallway is trying to fit in as much function into a small transient space. If you have an open area, like this entry, try working in a balanced mix of storage, seating, and accents that make it a multifunctional space.

Start with a console cabinet and pull in a chic stool or side chair. While there are plenty of entryway design tips, investing in beautiful seating is one of our tried-and-true hallway decorating ideas that never goes out of style—since any chair or stool can be repurposed for other rooms as needed. Then layer in practical decor (rug, lamp, wall hooks) and pretty accents (art, plants, small decorative objects) that will set your space apart from the rest of the home.

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Display Ledges

If you’re looking for simple and easy-to-install entry hallway decorations, opt for hanging ledges or floating shelves. The idea here is to make use of vertical wall space as both storage and display (that’s not a gallery wall!).

Lean framed photos and array small decorative objects in unique way on the ledges, or fill them with plants to create a faux vertical garden. The best part is how many ledges you choose to hang is up to you. Try one if you have a small space or go with more if you have the wall space.

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Tall Bookcase

Speaking of making use of vertical space, a tall leaning bookcase makes for another smart storage solution in a narrow hallway. It will help you maximize floor space and give your entry hall more walking room, while also providing ample storage on the walls.

In terms of hallway decorating ideas, a leaning bookcase gives you a lot of flexibility for use. You can use it to store books and display art, or you can also add baskets and other storage bins to start any extra shoes and fashion accessories that you might need on the go. If you’re tight on closet space and have an overspill of clothing, think of this as your wardrobe extension.

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Credenza

Our top pick for hallway decorating ideas that truly leave an impression is to anchor an entry with a statement-makin credenza. Not only does it provide you with tons of storage that’s beautifully hidden and disguised, a large storage credenza will also warm up your space.

Opt for a credenza with a bold facade, like the wood-patterned facade on this piece, or go with a design in a bright color or one that’s made with a unique material like caning. You can style up the surface with complementing decor, but this is one of the best ways to give your entry a show-stopping look.

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If your main concern is how to decorate a hallway for practical daily use, lean a floor-to-ceiling mirror against one wall near your entry. This does several things for your space. The mirror reflects light around your hallway and opens up a small or narrow space to look and feel larger. And it gives you a space to get ready or to check yourself before you dash out the front door. Win win!

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Classic Entry Console

For hallway decorating ideas that are timeless, you can’t beat the polished look of a traditional entry console. Even though it doesn’t offer much storage, it adds major elegance and an elevated vibe.

Anchor your entry with a classic wood console that can be easily paired with other traditional decor elements, such as an ornate mirror and botanical or bird prints. The classic console is great in hallways that don’t need to be multifunctional or super practical, which means it’s perfect in passthrough places that need just a decorative style boost, like this hallway.

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how to decorate a hallwayCompact Work Desk

Even in the smallest of homes, you can make the most of your entry hallway while also giving it a unique look. Try decorating a hallway with a narrow desk or slim secretary table to create a clever home office space in your entry hallway.

It’s one many clever ways to create a workspace in your home, but here it does double duty as a check-in spot in the entry. Tuck a stool under the desk for a seat that’s easy to pull in and out, and lay down a runner to balance out the work desk. We especially love this approach for small bungalow homes or city apartments.

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Storage Bench

While some of the above hallway decorating ideas can seem like a lot to pull off, you can also keep it simple with a tried-and-true storage bench. Choose a large one that gives you tons of hidden storage under the flip-up top. You can store seasonal items, like bench towels and scarves and gloves or use it for on-the-go accessories, such as purses, hats, and pet leashes. There’s a reason why this is one decor piece that finds its way into many of our entry designs!

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All Kinds Of Hanging Storage

Last but not least, few hallway decorating ideas are as versatile and applicable to any style or size space as wall hooks and shelving. These small wonders not only maximize storage by using vertical wall space, they also offer you a clean-line and organized look.

Install a floating shelf and wall hooks, then anchor them with a bench underneath to give the feeling of a compact mudroom. Or you can add a shoe rack or small side table if you live in a small apartment space. Either way, think of hanging storage as a small update that gives you a totally organized look.

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