I wouldn’t normally consider a hallway of much importance when improving my home. But, in our flat, we only have one hallway and it’s become something of a multi-purpose area. It connects all the rooms, doubles as a laundry room (our drying rack often resides there), hosts the only landline phone in the house, and offers the best indoor space for Bobby car racing.
As I mentioned before, I hate plain, white walls, but regulations prevent us from drilling any holes. I about went bonkers standing there month after month folding load after load of laundry. Something had to be done.
Lidl to the rescue! I scored a world map (auf Deutsch) for 3 euro, and picked up some colored tabs to mark where we’ve visited. (In case curiosity gets the best of you, we purposely didn’t post any tabs on the United States.) I then printed some of our signature manhole cover shots to “frame” the map.
We invested in a cordless phone, so any calls during naps wouldn’t wake the boys. Only then did I discover we had caller ID included on our phone line! This is especially helpful since we do not have an answering machine. Score!
I also put up a piece of cork board where I posted important phone numbers and the occasional coupon (2 for 1 Burger King kids meals anyone?).
On the other wall, I hung extremely light canvases I found at Depot for 2 and 3 euros (the other canvas was 2 euro at Lidl).
Sound is a major issue in our flat as we have NO carpet. Often the simple act of closing the door before I take a shower in the morning is enough to wake up T-Rex and Screech. Doc Sci thought it would help to have some carpet to absorb sound. As it turns out, he was right. Such a smarty pants!
Unfortunately, textiles in Germany are extremely expensive. Our hallway is very long, and we could not afford a rug for the entire length. Solution? Duct tape together eight IKEA bathmats, and voila! A hallway rug.
So, there you go. Our longest and perhaps most often-ignored room in the house, redone. Do you have any other ideas of improvements I could make to the hallway? Leave a comment; I’d love to read it!