We have two halls in our house due to a split floor plan, and they were perfect for both hall entrances. They were of course dirty and needed lots of work. I cleaned them up, painted them creamy white and then took some watered down brown acrylic paint and "washed" them. I wiped off the excess, and it was almost just like a glaze or stain.
I still love them. You could also turn them length wise and hang them on each side of the doorway, or a painting. You could even hang them together, one a little higher than the other. The possibilities are endless.