In some of my previous posts, Tips for Updating a Room Using Paint and Shelving Ideas for a Small Corner for Storage and Display, I have shown how anyone can easily update their home using paint!
I have also been able to transform the hallway in my house the same way. Before the changes, it was quite dark and dated, and it looked small. So I painted the whole thing, changed the lights, ripped up the carpet (I was very lucky that there were lovely floorboards underneath - in the condition that you see them!), and put up two very simple canvases that were both painted by my daughter. If I'd added anything else to the walls, it would have only started to make the space look small again.
Here are the 'before' and 'after' photos!