Hallways in urban typical apartments rarely differ in spaciousness and correctness of forms. Often these are either small square rooms or long, narrow corridors where it is difficult for even two people to pass each other. For these reasons, not all design ideas can be implemented in a small corridor in an apartment. Arrange such a room is much more difficult, you need to think through every detail. Examples of interiors of small hallways, see the photo below.
It is possible to equip a functional and beautiful entrance hall in a small area.
Characteristics of small hallways
Properly equip the interior for a small hallway is very difficult. A room of this size has a number of properties that make it difficult to implement various ideas. In a small narrow corridor there is practically no natural light due to the lack of windows. A small room seriously limits the choice of colors and decorative accessories, so that the brightness or abundance of finishes can be forgotten.
White in the interior of the hall gives freshness and space
A serious disadvantage is the lack of space. Even walls are difficult to use with maximum functionality due to several doorways. Between the doors there is little space for extra shelves and storage cabinets. For the implementation of the planned need a lot of ingenuity and competent approach to furnishing.
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How can you visually enlarge the space
There are several universal ways of visual expansion of small rooms, here are the main ones:
- Light shades of walls, ceiling, flooring;
- Minimum furniture, the most simple design;
- Sharp lines;
- Where possible built-in niches lockers;
- Glossy surface.
Mirror and open furniture will help make the corridor bright and spacious.
Important! Care should be taken when using strips when decorating walls or floors. Vertical stripes will raise the ceiling, but visually make the room even narrower. Horizontal lines expand the space, but visually reduce the height of the walls.
Features of planning
Thinking about how to furnish a small corridor, it will be useful to write down the ideas that come to mind on paper. It is even better to draw a plan of the hallway, noting the doorways, niches or ledges, to sketch a few options for planning the room. If desired, the scheme can be done in color to at least roughly represent how everything will look in real life. In the presence of a special program, the task is simplified - it will not be difficult to make several 3D models of a room with different color solutions and finishes.
An example of planning the placement of furniture in an apartment painted in one of the programs
If there are several people living in the apartment, you can consult with them. Firstly, a fresh look from the outside is able to point out shortcomings or throw new ideas, and secondly, the situation of a small corridor should be enjoyed by each family member. If you have small children or animals, you need to think about the quality of materials and additional security.
Slate in the hallway will appeal to both adults and children.
You can learn a lot of good ideas by looking at photos with design options for a small corridor in an apartment. It is important not to mindlessly copy the interior, but to adapt it to the individual characteristics of your hallway. The embodiment of certain ideas depends on the number of doorways, corners, niches or projections. Plays the role and shape of the room. The principles of design, perfectly suited to the square hallway, in a long narrow corridor will look just ridiculous.
In a small corridor, you can combine closed, functional furniture to the ceiling with a stylish, open
Corner Entrance Hall
In the corner hallways, it is important to think carefully about where to place the furniture. It is better to choose combined models consisting of a corner cabinet for clothes, key hanger and shoemaker. Due to the nature of the room, it’s not worth separating all the elements of the headset; If there is a large roomy angle, it is worth taking full advantage of it.
Corner hallway should be not only functional but also in harmony with the general interior.
If the corridor is quite small, each centimeter of available space should be used for its intended purpose. Corner models of furniture fit in this situation as well as possible. Let the structure occupy a part of the adjacent walls, filling the entire angle. Interior design options for a small corner corridor in the apartment can be seen in the photo below.
Gray color is very versatile and very concise.
Important! When placing corner furniture, make sure that the corners are rounded. This not only minimizes the risk of injury, but also visually makes the headset more compact.
Choice of finishes
The small size of the corridor in the apartment make their adjustments when choosing finishing materials. First of all, it is necessary to exclude from the list those materials that visually reduce the space. These are dark colors, relief stones, wall panels, large patterns or decor in the form of stucco moldings.
An important criterion when choosing finishing materials for the corridor is their strength, wear resistance, ease of maintenance. Selecting the finish for the hallway, you should consider the design of adjacent rooms - they must be in harmony in color and style. The best option for the design of a small corridor is neutral colors and simple furniture.
The easiest option for wall decoration is paint in light shades. This coating is easy to clean, which is very important for the hallway, because it is one of the most quickly polluted places in the apartment. However, the paint is not suitable for walls with pits, cracks and potholes - they will become even more noticeable. Light plaster is also a good option - with this material you can level defective walls.
If you choose wallpaper, it is better to opt for vinyl. This coating is denser and thicker than paper and can hide minor flaws. Wallpaper, like paint or plaster, should be light shades. The most popular options: beige, cream, vanilla, milk, light brown, ivory, pastel colors.
Important! The walls of cold colors, for example, blue or light gray, visually expand the space.
If you choose an ornament, look good wallpaper with volumetric images. It is better to stick them only on one of the walls - end or long, depending on the shape of the hallway. For a small corridor in the apartment also coverings with a small ornament will approach. Large and relief drawings do not fit, they visually litter a small space.
For the ceiling, a simple white or cream paint is often chosen, as well as light plaster. In small hallways it is not recommended to use bright or dark colors, elements in the form of beams or multi-level structures. If the height of the walls allows, you can install stretch ceilings with a gloss effect. The light reflecting surface visually increases the space. Illusion of space and create spotlights around the perimeter of the ceiling.
Advantages of suspended ceilings:
- Ability to hide irregularities of the ceiling surface;
- Easy installation;
- High quality, long service life;
- Easy to clean;
- Ability to embed fixtures.
Stretch ceilings can be multi-layered, with patterns or 3D images, however for a small-sized hallway it is better to choose plain glossy canvas. Finishing options for ceilings and walls in a small corridor can be seen in the selection of photos below.
The corridor in the apartment is the most passable place, so the flooring material should be approached with great seriousness. The coating must be high strength, not afraid of water, dirt, easy to wash. If we talk about the visual component, it is better to choose neutral colors and texture. The best option for a small hallway is a minimalist floor. Here are a few finishes:
- High-quality laminate suitable for any interior, resistant to moisture and stress;
- Dense linoleum due to the richness of the palette and ease of installation is a good option for a budget hall, the material is easy to clean and enough
- It is strong to take out all loads;
- Ceramic tiles are ideal for the corridor, there is no mold in it, the coating is not afraid of water, chemicals, it is easy to wash off dirt;
- Natural stone - a reliable, durable and durable material, but the heaviest in weight and expensive in price.
When choosing a tile or stone, it is best to finish them not the entire floor, but only the space near the door. Such a simple technique allows you to visually expand the space. You can increase the size of the corridor using vertical or horizontal stripes. The laminate laid on a braid will look unconventional.
What furniture to choose
You should not force a small corridor with furniture, just the most necessary is enough. If there is a niche, there will fit a wardrobe. The mirror on its sliding doors will visually increase the hallway space. The glass itself can be additionally decorated with a pattern. Sliding wardrobes in a niche is better to purchase to order by individual measures. It is better if the closet is high up to the ceiling itself, then you can put into it most of the things that have no place in sight. Often one cabinet includes additional accessories:
- Shoe shelf;
- Shelves for small things;
- Clothes hangers.
If it was not possible to remove all things in one closet, you can add other items of furniture to it:
- Corner shelves;
- If there is too little space in the corridor and there is no possibility to install a complete wardrobe, you can purchase a rack hanger for outerwear;
- Modern shoe shelves are quite roomy, some models fold or unfold when necessary.
When purchasing furniture, it is necessary to consider the location of the doorways. If the doors open into the hallway, this greatly hinders the placement of shelves and cabinets. To save space, it is better to replace conventional doors with sliding doors or remove them altogether, leaving the arches.
Since there is practically no natural light in the small corridor due to the lack of window openings, you need to think in advance about good artificial lighting. Hallway should not look like a gloomy scary place. One lamp on the ceiling is not enough for high-quality lighting, it is better to use several lighting devices.
This may be ceiling lights mounted around the perimeter of the room. They are well complemented by a small chandelier in the center or wall lamps. With the help of directional light, you can select the most advantageous parts of the corridor and leave in the shadow of something that does not need to attract too much attention.
The corridor, like the rest of the premises in the apartment, must be maintained in one or another style. The choice of design depends on the size of the room, as well as on the style of adjacent rooms. In small hallways you will not turn around, so it is better to choose between classics or minimalism in the interior.
Light colors, the almost complete lack of decor, the minimum set of the simplest furniture - these are the main characteristics of this style. However, simplicity does not mean poor quality, the choice of materials should be approached wisely. Sometimes the only pieces of furniture in a small hallway are hooks on the wall and several open shelves (at best).
Too large closet for clothes is better to move to a larger living room, otherwise in the hallway will not squeeze because of the crowded. Shallow open shelves for shoes, hooks for clothes, hats and gloves on the wall, low bench - the minimum set that can easily fit even in the smallest hallway.
For decoration of surfaces and furniture only natural materials are used: stone, wood, natural leather and fabrics for upholstery. Classic interiors are characterized by calm colors, symmetrical shapes and modest decor. The proportions and clarity of lines can change a small corridor beyond recognition.
Light wall decoration perfectly in harmony with dark wood, bronze or gilding. To decorate the hallway, you can use large mirrors on the walls and facades of furniture. But from the classical decor in the form of paintings, candlesticks, figurines, etc., it is better to refuse, such things should be left for the living room or bedroom.
Simple and beautiful style, which is one of the most striking varieties of country music. The interior should resemble a simple country house in the south of France. For this purpose, natural materials are used, the light colors are predominantly warm. For finishing surfaces often use plaster and lightened wood.
The colors are natural, but with the effect of burning out in the sun. The most popular ornaments are floral motifs, small flower patterns, sometimes polka dots or an unobtrusive cell. Wooden surfaces in Provence style are distinguished by decorative rubbing along with slight negligence, as if the furniture was already used by at least one generation before you.
For such an interior are characteristic:
- Severity of lines;
- The simplicity of the silhouettes;
- Precise geometry;
- Minimum finish;
- Natural colors and materials.
The Japanese are not prone to excesses in design, so they are content with a minimum set of furniture. This minimalist approach saves space in a small corridor.
Furniture should be invisible, as if merging with the finish. Low horizontal models are used mainly. Hieroglyphs on the walls, classic Japanese paintings on the doors of the cabinets, etc. can be used for decoration.
The small hallway should look clean and tidy. The chaotic jumble of things does not benefit the interior. If possible, everything should be stored in cabinets, dressers and shelves. A soft padded stool instead of a stool will serve as a comfortable support during shoeing. If there is not enough space, you can combine the shoebox with a soft seat.
If the floor space is too small, small shelves and coat hooks can be nailed to the walls. A feeling of comfort and cleanliness gives light. It is worth paying attention to the door between the corridor and the nearest room, it is best to choose a glass partition or build a spacious arch instead of a doorway.
A small corridor in the apartment, of course, imposes a number of restrictions on the design options and the amount of furniture. However, even a small hallway can be decorated beautifully and tastefully, if you follow the basic principles of saving space. A lot of light, simplicity of lines and light shades will visually expand the space and make the interior cozy.