Design Inspiration: Modern Farmhouse Hallway Decor

I’m mixing different design styles to make a budget-friendly modern farmhouse hallway decor! Follow along with me and let’s get seriously inspired!

You guys know I’m loving all things “farmhouse style” and I decided to add some farmhouse hallway decor to spruce up an otherwise plain section in our house.

But, I was talking to a close bloggy friend the other day about how hard it is to adhere to one specific interior design style.  I feel like since most people come to my blog for farmhouse-style inspiration I have to stick to that particular style.

Any variance from farmhouse/rustic etc wouldn’t fit with my “niche” and I’d be shunned and sent away to a blogging exile island where no one ever reads your blog.

design inspiration for a modern farmhouse hallway decor exploring many different styles

But then I was thinking what if other people feel that way, too?  What if people like different styles but feel like they have to stick to one style?

I know that generally speaking I like neutral colors, chippy paint, and wood accents characteristic of “farmhouse style”.  

But, I also love bold rugs with fringe and gold/brass accents characteristic of “boho style”.  And sometimes I even like the clean lines of a more “modern style”.  I know, the HORROR!!

Soooo, I decided to break out of the chains of one particular style and go with what I think looks the best.  This design definitely has some farmhouse hallway decor style to it.  I haven’t totally gone off the deep end.  But, I brought in some other design ideas and I’m LOVING the look.

I hope you guys like it!!

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Hallway: before pictures

First, let’s take a look at the hallway as it looks right now.

Clean hallway in builder grade materials and flooring to explore adding farmhouse hallway decor
Hallway with Chimney and new flooring needing a style update with farmhouse notes and decor ideas

It’s a pretty large hallway widthwise AND has the great added bonus of a beautiful exposed brick fireplace.  It’s a bit awkward when it narrows over toward the boy’s bedroom but I think I have just the solution!

I have to add that it is NEVER this clean.  I don’t want to be one of those bloggers presenting their life in perfect clean order.  It is faaaaar from that.  I had just finished deep cleaning our house when I took these pictures.  

As I’m writing this post it has several dirty diapers tossed about on the floor and the rug from the boys’ bedroom since Charlie likes to take off his diaper and pee on the rug. I was trying to salvage it!

Adding a mirror to the chimney

The first thing I wanted to do was add a giant mirror to the chimney.  I found the absolute perfect mirror at Target that I can’t wait to hang.  

The brass finish on the outside combined with the {gasp} modern circle shape is the perfect contrast to naturally rustic brick.

Stock photo of a mirror with a brass ring around it to add above a chimney for a farmhouse look

I knew I wanted to add some more brass accents in to compliment the brass mirror.  It couldn’t be the lone brass item in the hallway!

Creating a gallery wall in the hallway

So, I decided to make a gallery wall on the wall at the top of the stairs!

I find gallery walls in general to be annoying.  You see picture-perfect gallery walls on Pinterest but you have to spend SO much to get all the pieces.  I wanted something simple, clean, and easy.

I searched high and low for affordable but not cheap-looking brass frames and I found these beauties at Target for just under $15 a piece!  A quick trip to the store to see them in person and I was absolutely amazed at the quality for the price.  I mean these are 11×14 frames!  Pretty good deal.

Stock photo of a picture frame with brass border to incorporate a modern clean look in a farmhouse hallway decor

I used some computer paper taped together to the size of the frames (11×14) to see how many frames I could fit on the wall.  I’m loving this arrangement and can’t wait to get the frames up there!

Plan out your pictures for a gallery wall by cutting some paper to the size of your frames and put them up on a wall
Farmhouse hallway decor ideas using paper to see how a gallery wall would look in a hallway before hanging frames

Farmhouse hallway decor

Now, I didn’t forget about adding some farmhouse hallway decor in!

Like any good blogger, I have to have a fiddle leaf tree in my house.  Now, I’m sort of turning into a plant lady but I don’t trust myself with an expensive and often fickle tree just yet.

Plus, the lighting is variable in the hallway depending on what doors we have open.  If all the doors are closed it’s completely void of light.  That’s not going to work with a fiddle leaf!

I found this fiddle leaf at Target for just $52.  This may seem like a lot but they can go upwards of $300 for a really nice faux one!  I’m sticking this guy in a cute basket I have from IKEA and calling it a day!

a Fiddle leaf plant is a great accent and way to add some plant notes to a hallway as a decoration item

Wall decor for the farmhouse hallway

I was really torn on what type of art.  A nice abstract painting or another large art piece would look nice but I didn’t feel it was quite my style.

I have to admit I love the trend with the ox or cow photos especially in black and white but I just don’t think I’m that trendy 😉

After spending a ridiculous amount of time trying to figure these two walls out, I decided to use the smaller wall for a little macrame wall hanging like this one:

Exploring wall hanging options for the farmhouse hallway decor as a great idea to incorporate that farmhouse feel.

For the larger of the two walls, I couldn’t decide between a farmhouse-style chalkboard:

Black chalkboard encased in a wooden rustic frame to hang and keep track of family to do's on a wall

Some pretty brass frames:

More farmhouse hallway decor ideas to explore as wall hangings for a home that require little to no effort to hang

Other types of hanging frames like these ones:

Different types of wall hangings to bring in more styles to the hallway besides just farmhouse styles

Or a large piece of typography art kind of like this:

Picturing large art pieces for the farmhouse hallway to see how this size of decor would look hung up on a wall

In the end, I decided to DIYing some farmhouse-style typography in the form of an oversized sign!  I found the perfect quote and I can’t wait to share how we make the sign!

Rug for the hallway

The final piece of the farmhouse hallway decor was the rug.

And boy, I can’t tell you how many rugs I’ve looked at.  It’s almost an addiction.  When I’m up nursing Evie in the middle of the night, you better bet I’m looking at rugs on my phone.  Send help!

I’ve narrowed it down to these few rugs.  Help a girl out!  Which one would you choose?!

Rug option #1

Selecting a rug can be difficult and there are thousands of styles and types best to look for inspiration in a couple colors and styles before turning to a store

Rug option #2

Another type of rug that is more of a runner for a farmhouse hallway decore item in a home

Rug option #3

Darker Rug to add contrast to a hallway and also ad depth to a color scheme for a creative farmhouse look

Rug option #4

Any type of rug can work and you should select the rug you like the most to show off your own style

That’s the full design plan!  I’m hoping to finalize everything soon (hint the rug!), start working on the typography art, and get some pictures framed for the modern gallery wall.

I can’t wait to share the full modern farmhouse hallway reveal!!

Wishing you a joyful day!

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  1. Oh I can’t wait to see the finished product! I’m liking rug #2 – so feminine and pretty 🙂 Although they’re all great choices!

  2. I love that you are going with what you love, not just one style. The rug choice? All so pretty. I have to admit that #2 stood out to me, but with the exposed brick… #4 would be a great contrast. They are all beautiful, though. Good Luck!