Space of the Week: A Narrow Hallway Gains Family-Friendly Storage and Style

Now this is how you maximize space in your home.

Space of the Week, Hallway Kids Zone with white cubbies and artwork on wall
Photo: Photography by Emily Followill

As the founder of the design firm Atelier Davis, Jessica Davis was thrilled to find an authentic midcentury home in Atlanta for her family of four. As a mom, she was less enthused that the open-concept layout lacked a separate play space for her kids. So she rejiggered the floor plan to make a hallway creativity zone. Sunlight, lots of art, child-size work spaces, and plenty of storage make it just the spot to spark their imaginations.

Embrace the Whimsy

Mismatched art looks effortless and cool. Use decorative washi tape to hang—and quickly swap out—artwork and photos on the walls. Sprinkle in a few framed pieces and prop canvases against the wall for an eclectic vibe.

Find Versatile Items

Jessica arranged four low bookcases to look like a built-in. Combined, the units do triple duty: Create a seating area, provide storage, and form a kid-height surface for crafting.

Add Depth With Paint

White walls are a neutral backdrop for the kids' colorful creations. To make the hallway appear longer and taller, Jessica painted a dark border along the upper trim—try Valspar's Fait Accompli. Green storage bins echo the landscaping outside the window.

Get the Look:

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A Multitasking Bookcase

white IKEA Kallax bookcase cubbies

Measuring less than 17 inches deep, the KALLAX bookcase doesn't jut out too far from the wall, but it does sneak in some valuable storage space. An added bonus: the bookcase blocks the walls from tiny hands, keeping them fingerprint-free.

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Floating Bookshelf

vertical stacking bookshelf in black
Container Store

When space is limited, vertical storage is your best friend. Case in point: this floating bookshelf, which lets you build a sturdy tower of books. This is an organized way to satisfy those book-piling tendencies.

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Low-Key Lighting

Black Ceiling Light Fixture with Glass Bulb
Brilliant Outdoors

Modern light fixtures with black bases and clear glass bulbs illuminate the space without distracting from the design.

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A Sturdy Seat

gray molded kids chair with white legs
Crate & Kids

Whether you're turning your hallway into a craft zone or decorating a separate playroom, opt for hardshell chairs that are durable and easy to wipe clean. Germs and glitter glue don't stand a chance.

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