I’m so excited to share my hallway with you guys today. It’s one of those things that I’m completely smitten with. I’m a sucker for graphic patterns and especially black and white patterns. Always have been, just ask my mom. The black and white cross pattern makes me so happy.
Black and White Cross Hallway Wall
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When I spotted the Pia Wallen Large Cross Blanket, I had a light bulb moment and knew exactly what I wanted to do in my hallway. If you have been following me for a while then you know that I have been itching to change my hallway. I was so tired of the stripes.
Paint colors used:
The white that I used for the wall is from Valspar and it is eggshell Ultra White (7006-24).
The black for the accent wall is also Valspar and is eggshell Dark Kettle Black (4011-2).
All in all this project didn’t cost me anything because:
- I had the black wall vinyl (I have a huge stash of all colors)
- I had a Lowes gift card from Christmas to buy the paint
- I had the star chandelier, which is an old Pier1 candle holder. I had recently rub-n-buffed it gold. All I had to do yet is paint the pendant part gold to match the star and hang it over the light bulb.
It’s a classic work with what you have project for me since I also had the owl already. Do you remember my H&M dishtowel canvas art? That’s what it is and it looks so much better there.
I retired the cardboard deer head for now. I had him for almost 5 years and I felt it was time to stash him away.
And here, just as a reminder to show you what the hallway looked like before:
Some interesting facts and meanings about cross illustrations like this:
- White cross on black background stands for the Cornish Flag aka the flag of St. Piran which represents white tin flowing from the black rock, or good overcoming evil.
- Black cross on white background is the flag of the Duchy of Brittany, Kroaz Du.
- White cross on red background is the flag of Switzerland
- Red Cross on white background is a sign of protection under the Geneva Conventions. It is not a religious symbol.
Who invented the cross?
It is unclear who invented the cross in human history but its beginnings were likely to originate with the Assyrians or Babylonians. The cross was then used systematically by the Persians throughout the 6th century BC.
Alexander the Great brought crucifixion to the eastern Mediterranean countries by the 4th century BC. The Phoenicians introduced it to Rome a century later.
The Romans used crucifixion for more than 500 years and the emperor Constantine prohibited crucifixion in the 4th century AD which was 300 years after the murder of Jesus.
Today, the wooden cross/crucifix is the universal symbol of Christianity (Christian cross).
- paint the walls the base color, in my case white and let it fully dry for a couple of days
- the rest of this project is as simple as measuring the distance of the crosses and then sticking the decals on the wall. So easy!
The floor has also changed since taking these photos and you can read why I chose Karndean vinyl plank flooring instead.
The door you can see above leads into our powder room which is now also in a black and white pattern, a little black squares stencil wall to be exact. For that makeover, I used a stencil that I made and a sharpie to create the pattern. Yup, once again it’s not wallpaper!
And that vanity is the original builder-grade vanity which I painted, replaced the door, and gave the vanity kickplate a makeover to make it look more like a dresser.
I also DIYed a white cross with black background closet. Love the reversed look when you open the door in the hallway.
I’m so happy with my new hallway and Pier1 candle holder chandelier. And I’m currently working on the reversed color combo. So check back next week (UPDATE: HERE to see the closet)!