Dorit Kemsley's hallway is the perfect example of why you shouldn't neglect "in-between spaces", say designers

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star showed off her statement wallpapered hallway recently - here's why designers love the idea

dorit kemsley
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On the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Dorit Kemsley is known for her refined (and often a little eccentric) sense of style. And though we already know that the reality star and fashion designer isn't afraid to go bold with pattern when it comes to her closet, it turns out she's not afraid of it with her interior design, too. 

If you've ever watched the show, you'll have had glimpses into the interior design style Dorit and partner PK have chosen for their home in Encino, Los Angeles. Think classic materials given a fresh twist with a pop of color and interesting, unusual paneling ideas. 

However, there are some spaces we haven't laid eyes on before, and while you might think a hallway isn't the most exciting spot in someone's house, Dorit's used one of these tiny, transitional spaces to make a bold statement for her design. We asked the experts about this trend for exciting modern hallways, and why it might be the thing that makes your home. 

Strutting her stuff before heading to Beyonce's recent concert in Los Angeles, Dorit shows us that a hallway can make for a brilliant runway, especially if you've got a bold monochromatic wallpaper up in it. 

It might not be your first thought to go with such n intensely-patterned wallpaper ideas when designing a small space, but according to designers, it's a brilliant way to make your home's transitional spaces, which can often feel a little lackluster design-wise, come to life. 

'As the “in-between spaces” like hallways and corridors naturally offer a compact spatial experience and clear sightlines we believe these spaces create some of the best opportunities to highlight a concept and have an impact on the viewer,' architect and designer Polina Sandström of Aska Architects tells us. 

Architect Irene Astrain agrees: 'There is no reason why a transitional space shouldn’t be beautiful and expressive. We may only experience these spaces in passing but they can really brighten up a home.'

a hallway with blue kelly wearstler wallpaper

(Image credit: Sean Litchfield. Interior design and floral styling: Justin Charette Design)

It's an idea that interior designer Justin Charette utilized in this New York apartment, explaining that it also works as a way to tie together the rooms that the hallway connects. 'The wallpaper in the hallway is a fun pattern by Kelly Wearstler,' Justin says. 'I wanted something on the busier side that would tie all the colors into the space. Plus, the busy pattern helps conceal all the utility items in this space that would stand out otherwise - there's a garbage chute and electric boxes in this small hallway,' he adds.

What wallpaper did Dorit use?

bobby berk tempaper collection

(Image credit: Tempaper)

We've done some interiors sleuthing and found the exact match for Dorit's creative hallway. The good news is it's a surprisingly affordable brand - and given that Dorit spends half her life in expensive designer clothes, that wasn't a given. However, we have some bad news, too - it seems as though it's been discontinued. 

The pattern is from Bobby Berk's collection with peel-and-stick wallpaper brand Tempaper, and it appears they no longer sell it in this colorway. It's not all doom and gloom, though, you can find the same pattern in white, alongside a few other interesting monochromatic designs from the same collection. 

Hugh Metcalf
Editor of

Hugh is the  Editor of From working on a number of home, design and property publications and websites, including Grand Designs, ICON and specialist kitchen and bathroom magazines, Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture, impactful interiors and green homes. Whether moonlighting as an interior decorator for private clients or renovating the Victorian terrace in Essex where he lives (DIYing as much of the work as possible), you’ll find that Hugh has an overarching fondness for luxurious minimalism, abstract shapes and all things beige. He’s just finished a kitchen and garden renovation, and has eyes set on a bathroom makeover for 2024.