On the main floor of our house we have a very small hallway filled with 6 doors. It's a blink and you'll miss it kinda space that gets you from one area to the next. When we moved in it looked like this.
The first thing we did was refinish the flooring. But from that moment on I chose to ignore it's existence besides the weekly vacuum and occasional spider web removal. However, this room needed love. The plaster walls and ceilings had cracks and were stained. The only light came from a bare light bulb that was one of those CFL's that had to 'warm up' so we pretty much never turned it on. It was a mess.
But what really started it was the rug. The existing runner in the space was from my college dorm room and was approaching 9 years old. It was worn, stained and always seemed to be coated in Gus fur. I could not wait to replace this rug. So, after careful consideration I decided on a West Elm rug and ordered it during the Christmas sale season. But my rug was back ordered and then sold out and I was sad. Until I found this even cooler Pottery Barn rug on after-christmas sale! Win! I ordered it up, downgraded the existing rug to our mudroom and rolled this out. Swoon.
But wait... how can such a beautiful rug be in such a horrible space? After Christmas when the plaster guy did our upstairs bedroom we had him skim out the walls and ceilings. Josh and I debated paint colors and went back and forth. Did we want a cool light gray? Warm golds? Classic browns? It was going to be tough, the rooms off of the hallway are fern green, lime green, butternut squash and seafoam green. More importantly you ask... how have we still not painted over that horrible blue trim in the stairwell?