I have always had trouble with hallways. Most of the time you feel trapped in a dark tunnel and can't really look at what's hanging on the walls because you can't stand back far enough. And then there are those wide hallways that feel like a useless waste of space, and always feel like furniture gets in the way or looks awkward. We have a long hallway that branches in three directions, and I'm still not 100% satisfied with how it feels. Before I was married I had a small apartment in Dallas that didn't have hallways, it was nice. Before we purchased our home we lived in a small 60s ranch home with one of those tunnel hallways that had low ceilings. Why did they design homes to not only have narrow tunnel hallways, but they dropped the ceilings down lower than the rest of the home?
Depending on what type of hallways you have there are several things you can do to improve these spaces in your homes. Hallways can be both beautiful and functional. It just takes some creativity, and working with what you already have.