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