The theater begins with a hanger, and our apartments start with a hallway. Do not despair if instead of a spacious hall you have a small room where two people can hardly fit. As in the theater, the main action takes place not in the wardrobe, so at home we spend most of the time in the rooms and in the kitchen, and not in the front door. But be that as it may, I want to open the door and find myself in a cozy and peaceful place. Our article will help you think up the design of a small hallway in the apartment and show the real photos of the premises.
In a small hallway it is better to place concisely, and most importantly, functionally all the furniture.
Minimum hallway design
The entrance hall of any house is its appearance, the first thing that the guests who have come to see you see. How can you not remember what they meet on clothes. Our house is also evaluated from the first steps on the subject of beauty and order.
Mirror - the unchanged attribute of any hallway
In any hallway, large or small, there must be allocated space for the following:
- Outerwear removal;
- Place of storage;
- Pereobuvanie, shoe storage.
For the arrangement of the hallway, you can use the space under the stairs in a two-level apartment
This is the most important "set" for the design of a very small hallway in the apartment. The rest is optional, if the area allows. But when it does not allow, you will have to place only the most necessary things in it. For example, there should be a small area of 0.85x0.85 in size for taking off-dressing outerwear, preening and tidying up. These figures were taken as the basis of building codes for the corridors of Khrushchev. Modern apartments are designed with completely different dimensions, but many apartments still have a small entrance hall.
Corner closet in the hallway is a compact place to store clothes and shoes
The second necessary thing in the lobby is a place for clothes. If the apartment has another closet where all seasonal items are stored, then for a small hall you can choose the option of an open wall hanger, only the necessary clothes for the season will hang there. If there is a desire and a few meters, then a closet-case, a wardrobe or a model combined with shelves will do. It all depends on the specific room. Ideas for a small hallway here in the photo.
The hallway is enclosed by a drywall arch
Important! Shelves will become an ideal storage place for shoes, they are made quite narrow, as here shoes are not straight, but at an angle. And some 10-15 cm for a small hallway will be very important.
Compact white wardrobe with open shelves - the perfect solution for a small hallway
Will complement the small hall top shelf for hats. Saves space and a folding seat, it will fold out on demand. Because of the inability to put a cabinet or chest of drawers usually provide two or three original hooks for bags, as well as packages. See the design in a small hallway in the apartment in the photo.
In the small hallway is to provide a place for mezzanines
Finishing the floor and ceiling in a small hallway
Finishing the floor in a small hallway has certain qualities. Any such room is the border between the street and the house, so more clean-ups are carried out here. Materials for flooring should have the properties:
- Durability - a small area of the hallway has to constantly make sufficient weight of the people who came;
- Water resistant - the coating in the corridor should calmly withstand moisture, dirt from the soles, frequent washing;
- Resistance to mechanical damage - should not appear scratches, chips from female studs and brought objects;
- Practicality - it is desirable to choose a coating that will last a long time, and also will not be too expensive.
Porcelain tiles will be the best option for flooring in the hallway.
According to the last point, ceramic tiles or artificial stone are chosen for the hallway floor. Such material is able to maintain a pleasant fresh look for many years, besides it is durable in operation, it is not afraid of moisture and the effects of various detergents. Linoleum is convenient, the material is budget, but inferior to tile in tolerance to mechanical stress. Has proven itself laminate, which is considered a modern and high-quality coating. Looks like the photo of the floor in the design of a small hallway.
Ceramic tiles in the interior of a small hallway
It depends on the choice of floor covering for the corridor how long a new repair is not required here. In combination with the decoration of the walls in the corridor, you can create an atmosphere of comfort and order.
As for the ceiling, it can be decorated in the same style with the whole apartment. If the height of the walls allows, choose a hanging canvas. Such a glossy version will visually increase the volume of the room. Plasterboard structures also look good, provided they do not obscure the height of the corridor. How to arrange a small corridor in the apartment, look at the photo.
Note! For a small hallway with dark furniture and walls do not make mirrored ceilings. You risk getting a room like a tall and cramped cave.
Principles for choosing a wallpaper for a small hallway
It would seem that such a difficult choice of wallpaper for a small hallway? But an improperly selected wall covering can visually reduce the already small room, make it cramped, uncomfortable. Go overboard with the use of wallpaper is easy.
The drawing, color, texture of the wallpaper is selected for a specific room. For each there are their own subtleties and tricks. What will help to normalize an elongated narrow corridor will look bad in a square hall. Design wallpaper a small hallway presented in the photo.
What principles should be guided when choosing wallpaper in a small hallway?
Walls should be durable and preferably washable. On the wallpaper there will be traces of hands, drops of water from clothes, particles of dirt from shoes. It is worth looking at durable materials that are not highly susceptible to mechanical stress.
For a small hallway, wallpaper in a large pattern will not fit, they mercilessly visually reduce the room. Do not help the motley patterns with fine details. Such a decoration along with a colored ceiling and floor will create the overall feeling that you are in a cramped box for dolls.
This applies to color solutions wallpaper. No need to go to extremes. The white hallway looks beautiful, stylish, but if you have small children and animals living with you, then frequent cleaning of the hallway, furniture and wall cleaning are guaranteed. But also do not take too dark wallpaper. They will not only visually reduce the room, but even create a sense of lack of air. It is better to choose practical light, not very soiled tones.
We choose from the reverse
A small entrance hall with high ceilings can look uncomfortable. If you do not want to feel yourself in a stone bag, apply wallpaper with horizontal stripes. With low ceilings, wallpaper with vertical stripes will help “lift” them to a certain height.
Having decided on the principles of selection, you can deduce which wallpaper will be the right choice for a small hallway:
- Vinyl, non-woven coverings or liquid wallpaper - they are quite strong and stable, and even inexperienced beginners can work with them;
- Washable wallpaper - they will be especially relevant in families with small children, may have a different basis, their price depends on it.
- Fiberglass wallpaper - even withstand brushing, and they are also hypoallergenic and environmentally friendly materials.
Ideas for choosing wallpaper for a small hallway, look at the photo.
Know! For a small hallway is not suitable option with the design of the walls with panels or decorative plaster, they are able to take precious centimeters.
Furniture for a small hallway
In order not to conceal the area of the hallway, choose compact furniture options. Modern manufacturers can provide a variety of furnishing options. The owners themselves can show imagination in order to place the required minimum of furniture on meters. How can you distribute furniture in the design of a small hallway, look at the photo.
There is no need to invent many details, for such a premise the slogan should be the words: “Simplicity and conciseness!”. Designers are advised to purchase furniture that will not stand out in color and size against the general background of decoration. Because the bright version of the cabinet visually reduces the room.
If you combine a furniture set with walls in one light color, this will increase the space. You can put a white wardrobe with mirrors in the white hallway, add lighting, a couple of interesting accents: a picture, a clock, a lamp. Everything will look stylish and spectacular. White interior for a small hallway is presented in the photo.
Ideally, the hallway is filled with such things: a wardrobe for clothes, an open hanger, a cabinet or a chest of drawers, closed or open shelves for shoes, shelves for small items, a chair or a padded stool for rest, a mirror. But for a small room you have to choose only the most necessary, which can have several functions at once:
- If you choose a closet with mirrored doors, you do not have to look for a place for a separate mirror;
- Low shoe shelf can play the role of a chair for recreation, as well as surfaces for bags and backpacks;
- A small open closet with hangers and mezzanines may contain bags at the top of the shoe box.
For the hallway you can buy and modular furniture. This option is convenient in that it allows owners to decide themselves what items of furniture they need to purchase, and how to install them. How this ensemble will look in the apartment in the design of a small hallway, see the various ideas in the photo.
Manufacturers of modular furniture offer various options for cabinets, wall hangers, pedestals, obuvnits, mirrors, shelves. Knowing the dimensions of the room, you can pick up only the necessary elements, they will be located on a small area and will perform their functions efficiently.
Tip! Modular furniture is an option for those who do not want to make the hall to order, but wants to get the best option.
Another ideal option for a small hallway is a wardrobe. Its shape can be very diverse: straight, angular, embedded. The main feature of this cabinet is sliding doors, saving a small space.
Mounted along one of the walls to the ceiling, the closet will hide not only seasonal clothes and shoes, but also a lot of other things. Here it will be convenient to place the usual shelves, retractable brackets, boxes, shoes and a lot of other content that will streamline the stored property.
Mirror sliding doors visually increase the area of the hall. If the closet is made for a long narrow hallway along the wall, then the mirror niche in the center is made out by side shelves for every little thing: keys, combs, umbrellas. See a similar interior of a small corridor in the apartment in the photo.
Visual expansion techniques
The overall design of a small hallway should not stand out from the rest of the apartment. This is part of a single living space, so it is more logical to arrange it in the same style with the interior of the kitchen and living room. To combine all the rooms of the apartment into a single whole, it is enough to make a decorative arch instead of the doors to the living room.
If the hallway is long and narrow, and several rooms go into it at once, then order the doors with mirror inserts. It will look more spectacular, and visually increase the space. Ordinary doors can be replaced with sliding models, which will also make it possible to additionally place the necessary elements of furniture.
A small hallway can be pasted over with wallpaper or frescoes. Pick up the plot, which will visually push the boundaries of space. This may be a sea, forest landscape, an open road or footpath stretching into the distance, a terrace or a balcony, as if they are a continuation of the room. Do not take wallpaper with some large objects. See ideas with photo wallpapers for a small hallway in the photo.
Lighting a small hallway
Hardly anyone can boast that there is a window in his small hallway. So that the room does not look like a dark closet, it is worth properly positioning the lamps. There are several options for lighting the corridor:
- You can select general lighting. To do this, in the center of the hallway hang a small chandelier in the form of a ceiling or mount a few spotlights with soft diffused light.
- Working lighting allows you to select some functional areas. Since the hallway is not very large, it is enough one or two lamps on the sides of the mirror with a shelf for important details (keys, hairbrushes). The built-in lights on the top panel of the cabinet will also suit: they will highlight its inside and the hall itself. See the design of small hallways in the hallway in the photo.
- Decorative lighting does not carry any functional load, but if you really want to bring a zest here, then why not. These can be LED strips located at the edges of the shelves, illuminated niches, a false window with an illuminated stained glass window and the rest.
Know! If you mount the lighting of small LED bulbs or multi-colored tape around the hallway somewhere at the level of the plinth, it will create an unusual look and it will be convenient for finding fallen trifles.
Designer Design Tips
We told about the necessary things that a small hallway should carry. How to make it more convenient and functional, learn from the tips of designers:
- If the square and walls of the small corridor allows, place two mirrors opposite each other. This technique will visually expand the boundaries of the room, as well as allow more thoroughly clean up before leaving the house.
- Get or order furniture with rounded corners. This will make the hall more spacious, as well as protect the hosts and guests from minor injuries, the room is quite close and contact with the furniture is likely. Ideas for a small hallway in the apartment, see the photo.
- Leave only things in the hallway for the season. Do not litter the already compact territory with an abundance of winter shoes and coats, if it is summer outside. This will create an untidy look, as well as reduce precious meters.
Note! Hallway - this is not a closet, where you can dump all the excess and put the old furniture unnecessary. The people coming to you will first come here, and what impression they will have depends only on the owners.
Do not take the room at the door as small. It is better to speak of him as non-standard or special. Then the options for its design will come up exclusively peculiar. And all the existing nuances with this approach will turn into solid advantages.