The hall, as the first room where guests go, should not only demonstrate the taste of the owners, but also accommodate all the necessary things. In the photo with the design options of the corridor in the apartment it is clear that it is quite possible to combine comfort and style. The task seems difficult only at first glance, however, if the room is not too large, you will have to work a little more. What to do if the corridor in the apartment is too small?
A small corridor will visually help to increase the white color.
Of course, the layout, shape, as well as the size of the room greatly influence the design and decoration of the apartment corridor, the selection of colors, furniture arrangement. Each type of hallway requires an individual approach.
Spacious corridor is not in every apartment, especially if it is located in an old house. During the construction of Khrushchev little attention was paid to the hallway, it was enough that he was present. The area of such a room is the smallest, and you can conveniently place only a coat hanger and a shelf.
Bright interior and a huge mirror will be able to expand the space.
The decor of such a hallway requires a minimum amount of furniture. Emphasis is to do on the finish, using light colors, glossy surfaces, mirrors. In the photo below you can see how to arrange a small corridor in the apartment.
The corridor in pastel colors looks very elegant and elegant
Long narrow hallway
The main problem of such a room is the inability to properly arrange the furniture. In addition to compact furnishing, it’s worth deciding how to even out the proportions of short walls with long ones. If the corridor is strongly extended, one part of it can be fenced off by creating a dressing room or a closet there. In addition to partitions for this purpose, you can use visual techniques - levels on the ceiling, or different colors of finish.
Narrow corridor can be equipped with open furniture.
Important! Mirrors on the long walls visually expand the space. Will help to rectify the situation with a photo wallpaper with 3D pattern, as well as arched openings instead of doors.
A large round mirror can fit into any interior corridor
It is possible to make a rectangular room more square by using different colors, ornaments or patterns. The end walls, a few tones darker than the long ones, will seem closer. The same effect will be at the location of wall lamps in the center, so the far corners of the room will be in the shade. You can experiment with stripes on the floor or walls. The transverse stripes on the floor and end walls visually align the proportions of the hallway.
Using white wall panels in a narrow corridor
Corner cabinets and shelves - the best solution for small spaces. Such furniture is spacious enough to store not only shoes and clothes, but also household appliances (for example, a vacuum cleaner), baby strollers or bicycles. The rounded corners of the cabinet will visually make it more compact and safer.
Multifunctional, compact hallway in a small apartment corridor
Corridor with stairs
If the apartment or house is two-storied, the stairs are often placed in the hallway. The space under the steps should not be idle, there is a lot of valuable space for shelves, hooks or hangers.
A clothes hanger or a closet can be placed under the stairs.
If the corridor is not separated from the living room, then under the flight of stairs you can install a wall with books or arrange a reading corner by placing an easy chair with a floor lamp. How else can you use the free space under the stairs in the interior of the corridor in the apartment can be viewed in the photo below.
Design of a corridor in the apartment with a staircase
Choosing finishing materials for the corridor, you should take into account the specifics of this room. The entrance hall is the most walk-through place of the apartment, there is constantly accumulated dirt from the street, dust. Considering this, for finishing it is worth using only high-quality and wear-resistant materials. In addition, certain materials may affect the perception of the interior of the hallway, making the room even smaller or more spacious.
Bright colors will significantly refresh the corridor interior.
Important! The design of the corridor should not "argue" with the interiors of other rooms.
Choice of flooring
The floor in the hallway must meet two criteria:
- To be durable, wear-resistant and easy to wash;
- Match the style and color of the rest of the interior.
If the hallway is not separated from the living room, the floor covering may correspond to the bedding in the room. A single floor design visually expands the space of the room, but if you choose this design, you should think about the space near the door. Near the entrance it is better to lay the floor tiles. For the corridor it is preferable to use the most durable and wear-resistant floor coverings, since the floor in this room is subject to the greatest loads. The coating must be protected from moisture, dirt, germs, mold, animal claws, blows. The following finishing options are better for this purpose:
- The figured tile is capable to give an interior the necessary highlight even being monophonic. In the pattern on the floor can be combined several colors, so the decoration of the walls and the ceiling should be monotonous or neutral.
- Laminate, depending on the class is suitable for any room of the apartment. In the hallway you need to use only high-class moisture-proof models. It is not necessary to cover the entire floor with laminate, the place at the door can be laid out with tiles or stones.
- The tile from polyurethane is not afraid of water and dirt, on it there are no dents and marks from claws.
If the budget is limited, you can lay the usual linoleum on the floor. Laying this material does not require special skills and a lot of time. However, it should be borne in mind that only thick and dense coverage is suitable for the corridor. Various options for floor design in the interior corridor in the apartment are presented in the photo below.
Often the hallway unites all the rooms of the apartment, from which the doors to the kitchen, the living room, the bathroom and other rooms lead. Often the corridor is cluttered with unnecessary things and too dark. If the trash can be removed, then the interior can be completed by decorating the ceiling.
Light shades visually expand a small room. The smooth white ceiling fits into any design options, any colors go to white, and the color itself is used in all styles. Color decoration is also possible, but it is worth understanding that this option is suitable only for well-lit large rooms. Traditionally, the lightest colors are chosen for the ceiling compared to walls and floors.
A small hallway can be visually expanded and made higher by using glossy stretch ceilings. The shiny surface reflects more light. The effect can be supplemented with mirrors on the walls and glossy furniture fronts. Stretch ceilings allow you to mount any number of spotlights. Variants of the ceiling design of the corridor in the apartment can be seen in the photo below.
Even the most beautiful furniture will look out of place against the background of faded walls. A good and harmonious decoration of the walls can underline even the simplest models of furniture. If the interior design of the corridor in the house implies a large number of decor, the best option is neutral light walls of beige, light brown or coffee color. It is better not to choose white color, it will collect all the dirt on it.
Materials for finishing should be not only aesthetic, but also practical. For small corridors suitable bright vinyl wallpaper or PVC panels. On a calm background furniture and decor look better.
In spacious rooms, you can allow the combination of different materials. The doorways and arches trimmed with brick or stone look stylish and original. Walls can be decorated with inserts of wallpaper in a contrasting color, and for greater expressiveness they should be emphasized with molding. Variants of the design of the walls of a large corridor can be seen in the photo below.
In recent years, functionality and minimalism are considered fashionable. You should not buy massive furniture for the corridor, it is better to choose modular structures or corner models. A few shelves, shoes and coat hooks are often enough for a small hallway.
In the presence of a deep niche, it can be equipped with a wardrobe with a glossy or mirror facade. A special advantage of this cabinet in addition to roominess are sliding doors - they do not take up space when opening. Modular furniture allows you to use the available space is extremely functional. This is a great solution for both small and large hallways.
Due to the unity of style and design, the modules can be placed in any combination. If necessary, you can replace damaged items or buy additional ones. Modular furniture is minimalist, its design is simple and compact. Modules can be placed on the floor or on the walls. If space is scarce, some lockers and shelves can be raised to the ceiling. Illumination around the perimeter or built-in lights will help visually increase the hallway space.
How to choose lighting
Hallways and corridors are rarely equipped with real windows, which means that there is practically no natural light in them. For this reason, it is worth thinking carefully about artificial lighting. If the corridor is narrow, the light sources should be placed only on the ceiling - on the walls there is so little valuable space. For a small room, one small chandelier or several spotlights located on the ceiling can suffice.
Two-level lighting is practical and creates a special cozy atmosphere. Several levels of lamps give a lot of light, which is very important for the hallway. Lighting can be placed on the ceiling and walls, and if the dimensions of the hallway allow, you can put a floor lamp. Some models of cabinets and shelves are equipped with built-in lighting inside or outside. For additional lighting are usually used spotlights or LED strip. Variants of the design of the corridor with different types of lighting can be viewed in the photo.
The number of decor depends on the size of the hallway. In the spacious room you can hang pictures, photos, arrange figurines, candles or souvenirs on the shelves, place indoor flowers. Small corridors should not be overloaded with excessive decor; a bright picture on the wall or a beautiful vase with flowers would be enough. How to decorate the interior corridor in the apartment can be seen in the photo below.
If you plan to place a mirror, you need to think about lighting. Lamps should be either from the sides or directly in front of you. Fluorescent lamps can not be used, they distort colors. This can be critical for women, as you can easily be mistaken with a touch of cosmetics.
Dark colors are not suitable for the design of the corridor, especially if it is long and narrow. Such a room would look frankly scary. In the elongated areas you should not hang mirrors on the end walls, as the corridor will become even longer.
Important! Finishing the far wall in darker tones will visually make the corridor too long and shorter. However, to get involved in dark colors is not worth it.
If the ceilings are low, large chandeliers look too bulky and violate the proportions of the room. To illuminate low rooms it is better to use wall lamps and floor lamps. Visually, you can pull the walls up using wallpaper with vertical stripes. However, this decor is not suitable for small hallways with high walls - the room becomes like a well.
Modern design of the hallway in the apartment is not inferior in beauty to other rooms. Despite the fact that this room requires maximum functionality, it can be made beautiful and stylish. Repair does not require haste, you need to think through every detail, relying on your imagination or the help of specialists.