From the design of corridors and hallways depends largely on the first impression of the apartment. The footage of the room is often small, the right choice of furniture and decoration is very important so as not to overload a small space.
Since there is not enough space in the corridor, and there is also no natural light, it is necessary to follow special rules in the decoration in order to transform the room, presenting it in a favorable light. The most commonly used light palette together with glossy surfaces, it visually makes the hall more. When choosing materials should take into account:
- Resistance in water, dirt (especially for the area at the front door);
- Practicality and simplicity; wall and floor decoration should be easy to wash and clean;
- The strength of the floor covering, it must withstand a lot of weight, possible impacts from the fall of heavy objects.
If there are animals in the house, you can purchase materials that are not amenable to claws and teeth. Variants of the corridor interior can be seen on the selection of photos below.
When finishing the ceiling in a small room is better to strive for simplicity. A plain smooth white surface looks nice and neat. Stretch ceilings look impressive, but difficult to install and require the help of specialists in this matter. Suspended structures are no less popular, they do not require additional surface preparation, but they conceal at least 10 cm from the height of the walls. In such a ceiling, it is easy to mount spotlights around the perimeter of the hallway or above the most important zones.
If the hallway is not separated by walls from the rooms (for example, this is a studio apartment), it would be logical to use the same finish for the ceiling throughout. With the help of beams or multi-level structures can distinguish the hallway.
Important! Using stretch ceilings with a glossy effect, you can visually expand a small hallway.
The white color of the walls copes with the creation of a feeling of spacious and airy space, but in its pure form it is not suitable for the decoration of the hallway. If you want to finish the walls with white, you need to choose vinyl or acrylic wallpaper with a dark ornament. On a colorful background will not be visible stains. These wallpapers are easy to clean, so there will be no problems when cleaning the hallway. In addition to white, you can choose coffee, beige, blue, light green. Furniture and decorative details of the interior look spectacular on a light background.
You can add brightness by painting one of the walls in a bright color or choosing to finish wallpaper with an ornament on a monochromatic background. It will look good and photo printing, but you need to be careful with 3D images. Wall mural with the effect of immersion should not be placed on the end walls, if the corridor is too long and narrow. The bright shade of the accent wall can be maintained by adding accessories to the tone - statuettes, paintings or a rug.
In trend finish under the concrete or brick. To create the effect of a bare concrete wall, liquid wallpaper or decorative plaster with a metallic effect is used. But under the brick should not finish the entire hallway, so it will look darker and smaller. It is better to apply a similar decor for one wall or a small area to highlight a specific area.
Stone or terracotta tiles are best suited for anteroom flooring. This is the most durable and durable option, not afraid of water, dirt, chemicals, as well as mold fungi. In addition, the stone will give the interior an element of luxury. The figured floor tiles are able to decorate the interior due to the bright patterns on the floor. It will last a long time without fading over the years. Such a bright finish will set off the neutral shades of the hallway.
Laminate flooring is well suited for flooring, but in the hallway you need to select moisture-proof options. If desired, you can trim the entrance area with tiles, and lay the rest of the floor with laminate. The direction of laying the slats affects the perception of the size of the room. In a long narrow corridor laminate must be laid across, while in a square one can be laid along. Diagonal styling looks impressive, this technique is able to expand the space.
The floor will look unusual with a 3D image. This coating is easy to wash, and the effect it produces on guests is worth all the financial costs of the materials along with the installation.
Doorways and Transitions
All doors with openings from the hallway should be designed in the same style. For harmony with the rest of the interior, they are performed in a single color scheme. However, there is a different approach to the finishing of doors leading to different rooms. Different design allows you to express the individuality of each room. For example, the door of a nursery can be decorated with characters of cartoons or comics, it can be funny inscriptions or the name of the child.
If the hallway is small, it is appropriate to replace the doors with arches or portals. They are made of different materials - wood, stone, drywall. The arches will expand the room, blending harmoniously into the interior. For finishing it is necessary to use only high-class materials so that you do not have to do repairs in a few years. Semicircular arches are suitable for Mediterranean styles or Provence, and the lancet fit well in the Gothic interior, Renaissance, Victorian neo-Gothic.
Choice of furniture
The standard furniture set for a hall usually consists of a sliding wardrobe, a shoemaker, a mirror, a bench or a padded stool. Depending on the size of the room, the amount of furniture may vary. Sometimes there is enough space only for a shoemaker with a seat, hangers on the wall and mirrors.
Cabinets and shelves
The presence of a wardrobe allows you to keep the hallway in order, because there you can remove all things from shoes to outerwear. A variety of models of such cabinets allows them to be used in the interiors of even the smallest hallways. Narrow cabinets from floor to ceiling with a width of only 30 cm can easily fit into a narrow corridor. It is better to make them all over the wall to compensate for the width of the spaciousness. Mirror or glossy facades will visually enlarge the space.
For small hallways, you can choose shelves with open shelves, they do not look as cumbersome as classic cabinets and, at the same time, allow you to organize storage of things. If the corridor is very narrow, then you can purchase storage systems with smooth facades with grooves instead of handles. Light shades, glossy surface and built-in lights will visually expand the corridor.
You can alternate open shelves with closed. Even if the headset takes the whole wall, it will not look solid and cumbersome. Open shelves are often equipped with additional lighting. The use of various models of cabinets in the design of corridors and hallways in a city apartment can be viewed in the photo below.
Shoe cabinets can be part of furniture sets, but if the hallway is small, it is easier to purchase a separate shoe case. Different shapes and sizes allow you to choose it for any layout. Very popular shoe coaster with a seat, where the shelf for shoes is located below. It can be open or closed, but for the hallway it is better to apply the second option - dust will not settle on the shoes.
Important! Closed shoe cabinets must be equipped with a good ventilation system.
Modules are becoming more popular. The main reason lies in the ability to independently assemble headsets, selecting only the necessary elements that are suitable in size and purpose. This allows you to make the hall as functional as possible.
You can purchase a new module at any time - they are released in whole series. There is no need to immediately lay out a round sum for a ready-made set, you can replenish the hallway gradually. In addition, damaged modules are easily replaced with new ones. This furniture set can be changed to fit your needs, even every day.
With modular furniture is easy to update the interior - just buy a new item or swap the old ones. All modules are often characterized by simplicity of forms and structures, without overloading the interior. Such furniture is popular in the style of minimalism and high-tech.
The choice of lighting
Corridors in typical apartments do not have windows, from which a sufficient amount of natural light would come from during the day. Therefore, the hallway requires better lighting. Good light allows you to notice any little thing in its appearance, it will not distort the shades, which, for example, is important for women applying makeup.
For lighting, a central chandelier and side spotlights on the ceiling are sufficient. The upper level is complemented by wall sconces. If there is not enough space for them, you can buy furniture with built-in lighting. Mirrors will also allow you to increase the amount of light by reflecting it.
The choice of finishes and furniture often depends on the shape and size of the room. Each of the options has its own characteristics that must be considered when thinking through the interior. The design of hallways and corridors of different sizes can be viewed in the photo below.
The main problem of such rooms is the location of the furniture. In addition to the compact arrangement of all things, it is necessary to think about the alignment of disproportions in the length of the walls. Too long corridors can be divided into two parts, for example, one will be a dressing room, and the second is a vestibule. This can be easily done with the help of different wall decorations or borders in the form of an arch, false columns, as well as ceiling levels. If you wish, you can install a built-in closet at the far end.
Important! To make the space seem wider, you can balance the proportions of the walls with mirrors on the longitudinal walls or photo murals with perspective. When finishing long walls should avoid horizontal lines.
Doors replaced by arched passages can expand a room by letting in more light. You can even out a long corridor using different color combinations. Dark shades need to choose for finishing the ends, because they visually make them closer. For long walls fit light colors. In addition, the distant parts of the hallway can be left in partial shade, so it will seem shorter.
The best solution for organizing such an entrance hall would be a corner wardrobe or a modular set. This is the most convenient way to use the available space. Such a closet is capacious enough to store clothes and shoes, you can even take away a children's bicycle, a small stroller or a vacuum cleaner. The mirror on the facade and open external shelves give a massive cabinet the effect of lightness.
Important! When choosing a corner cabinet, make sure the corners are relaxed.
Entrance hall with stairs
If the apartment is a two-story, the ladder must be selected as fully as possible. Often there is enough space under it to put there footwear and umbrella stands, hooks for children's clothes and a stand for bags. If the corridor is combined with the living room, you can store books in the locker under the stairs or arrange a reading area with a soft chair and floor lamp.
Small entrance hall
Such premises are often found in Khrushchev. Such an entrance hall is often long, narrow, and the doors prevent the furniture from being arranged properly. You can solve the problem in two ways - remove the doors or use visual techniques and competent selection of furniture. Dismantling the door is not always possible, it is long and troublesome, so here are some useful tips for the second option:
- Furniture and decoration should be made in bright colors, but white color should be avoided, it will quickly get dirty;
- Mirrors and gloss in the decoration of the walls and ceiling will visually increase the space;
- Bulky cabinets can be replaced with open shelves and wall hooks for outerwear;
- If the hallway is elongated, then at the far end you can put a wardrobe in the whole wall or fence off the space under the dressing room;
- Mezzanines will not occupy space on the floor, allowing you to remove things that are currently not needed;
- The bottom of the mezzanine can be used for mounting spotlights.
A large number of light shades and lighting devices will visually make the room larger. Ideas for the design of small hallways and corridors can be seen in the photo.
Competently finished hallway requires the use of durable and practical materials, regardless of the size or shape of the room. A variety of furniture will allow you to choose a set for any interior, giving it individuality.