Correctly decorate the interior of a narrow hallway.
The hallway is the first room that everyone sees entering the apartment. Accordingly, its interior is important to issue as competently as possible, trying to create coziness, comfort and a stylish image. Hallways can be of different shapes, but, unfortunately, often uncomfortable options. For example, the interior of a narrow hallway does not leave a wide scope for the implementation in the design of creative ideas. In this case, the choice of materials for finishing the floor and walls (tiles, wallpaper, plaster), colors and purchasing furniture should be especially careful.
We need to select furniture for a narrow hallway on the basis of the basic functions of this room: they undress and dress, dress, do makeup and hair, keep some clothes and shoes, bags, scarves, hats, gloves, umbrellas, keys, and so on. You can list the pieces of furniture that are most often located in the hallway in the apartment:
- coat hanger in the form of hooks attached to the wall, or free-standing;
- lattice dryer for wet and dirty shoes;
- shoe storage;
- small ottoman, chair or chair;
- a mirror (you can make mirrored wardrobe doors);
- storage space for umbrellas;
- chest of drawers or cabinet for storing gloves, scarves, hats.
In addition, in the hallway is welcomed the placement of various shelves for small things. The main thing is that they are not located in the aisles, making it difficult to move around the apartment. Before purchasing furniture in the hallway, you should look at the photos of ready-made designs to get an idea of how this or that object looks in the interior.
Photo: mirrors in the interior of a narrow hallway
Photo: cabinet and dryer for shoes
Tip: the seat and the shoe dryer should be placed as close as possible to the front door, so that you do not have to go through the entire hallway in dirty shoes.
With the right approach, finishing will help to visually adjust the size of a narrow hallway. So, light-colored wallpaper or decorative plaster visually add free space. Small wallpaper is allowed. In order for the entrance hall to appear wider, the surface of the walls must reflect light well. You can use mirrors, glossy furniture fronts, semi-gloss wall paint. Visually increase the height of the vertical pattern on the wallpaper. If the hallway is very small in size, then even the usual ceiling height creates the unpleasant effect of a well. In this case, suspended ceilings or a cornice, started not at the junction of the walls and the ceiling, but somewhat lower will help. The space above the eaves should be painted or covered with wallpaper in the color of the ceiling, then the height will seem less, and the hallway itself is wider.
By the way, wallpaper for the hallway is better to choose washable. Splashes of water and dirt provoke frequent cleaning, to which ordinary paper wallpapers are not adapted.
The decorative stone is popular for finishing of a hall in the apartment. This material really allows you to create a very stylish design, but in small rooms it should be used with care because of its high visual activity.
It is worth considering the possibility of equipment in the hallway system "warm floor", because it is here that often have to change shoes, and the floor, as a rule, is decorated with cold tiles. Yes, and wet shoes after the street will dry out faster.
The lighting in the narrow hallway in the apartment should be bright, because there is very little natural light here. Instead of a large chandelier, it is better to install several spotlights in different zones. So, be sure to highlight the mirror and the space around or inside the cabinet.
Photo: multi-level ceiling with spot lighting and finishing of the right wall with decorative plaster
- If the hallway focuses a lot of doors leading to other rooms, it is better to perform them to match the wallpaper or paint on the walls. Also, interior and entrance doors to the apartment should be combined with each other by design.
- You can replace the swing interior doors on the "accordion". This technique will save some space in the narrow hallway.
- A very narrow hallway can be brought closer to the shape of a square, if a part of the space in the end can be brought under a dressing room or a large closet. You may have to move some kind of doorway.
Photo: sliding doors
The main rule that should be observed when designing a small hallway in an apartment is the smaller the better. When placing the furniture, it is important not to create obstacles for moving along the corridor. If the wardrobe does not fit in the hallway, it is better to allocate a place in another room for storing clothes, and hang a coat rack near the entrance door. Small items like keys can be stored in niches specially arranged in the walls. In addition, many models of poufs have empty space inside, which is also suitable for some things. Buying a dryer for shoes, you should pay attention to the options where the shoes are in an upright position. If you look at the design photos of small hallways, it will be much easier to think over your own interior.