A narrow corridor every time invites designers to stretch their brains and get creative on the theme of a hallway in a limited space. On a tiny patch it is necessary to place a storage of outerwear and shoes, a pleasant experience for guests and the comfort of a home. How do professionals deal with this task?
Secret number 1. Planning
What is there to plan? A hanger, a closet and a galoshnitsa – that’s all there is to it. On two or three square meters you can’t especially accelerate.
Yes you are right. Limited space does not allow you to thoughtlessly scatter square centimeters. That is why you need to pick up a pencil. And honestly answer simple questions.
- How many sets of outerwear should fit on a hanger at a time?
- How often do you receive guests and how many at a time? How many “guest” sets of hangers and hooks should be provided so that the hallway maintains a neat appearance?
- How many pairs of shoes are stored at the entrance at all times? Her height. For boots and boots, shelves and drawers of different heights are needed.
- How many combs, accessories and bags do you usually keep in your hallway?
- How relevant are seating areas for changing shoes to you?
Next, you need to look at the floor plan. Yes, it’s banal and obvious. But at the same time it is vital. Why? For one simple reason. If the architects have provided a storage niche in a non-load-bearing wall, this will help to hide a spacious closet and save space for other elements.
The niche can be significantly expanded or even get rid of the wall, using a tall cabinet as a partition.
A narrow dark corridor can be revived by cutting a window into the living room. Thanks to this, sunlight will penetrate into this part of the apartment and make it much more comfortable. In addition, the deaf septum at eye level will disappear. Despite the fact that the real boundaries of the space will remain, visually the entrance hall will become part of the living room, and the room will seem more spacious.
Firefighters insist that the doors to the kitchen are available. Especially when you are going to sell housing. You can reconcile safety and aesthetics with simple tricks.
- Wide mirror inserts in the door leaf.
- Transparent glass door made of triplex or stalinite.
- Sliding door that hides inside the wall.
- Sliding sash.
If you do not plan to sell or donate an apartment in the near future, you can simply leave a clean opening so that light enters the hallway.
Secret number 2. Color and lines
Narrow tiny rooms can be made visually wider due to color and lines. Light shades at eye level will create the illusion of additional space due to more intense reflection of light from the walls.
Horizontal lines are appropriate at the level of the knees and hips. Above is possible. Preferably under the ceiling. It is not at the level of the head, so as not to create the feeling of a long tunnel.
Vertical lines work very well. They create a barrier. The gaze clings to them, and the room is divided into more harmonious areas.
What to do if you want rich dark shades? Actively dilute them with white and pastel colors.
For example, use a chocolate-cream scale. Let the walls be a thick brown shade. In this case, dynamic milky lines of moldings, architraves and skirting boards will create the desired atmosphere. White door leaves complete the impression. And if you add pilasters and capitals, you get a beautiful interior in a classic style. Without them, a harmonious and modern modernity will come out.
Secret number 3. Furniture
This is where the answers to the questions from the first part come in handy. Because in one case, a hanger for 5 hooks is enough, and in the other, a full-fledged closet for 6-10 sets of clothes is required.
So, what elements will be in the hallway in any scenario?
- Device for storing outerwear, hats, caps, gloves.
- Shoe cabinet or bench with shelves (drawers) for shoes.
- Mirror. It is desirable that you can see yourself in full growth. If there is nowhere to hang a full-size mirror, you can get by with its half-height counterpart by tilting it slightly down. This will give the desired angle of reflection, and you will see yourself almost completely.
- Shelf, box or box for storing shoe care products. Can be placed anywhere.
Additional items may also be needed.
- Seated place for changing shoes. Banquet, sofa, bench, ottoman, chair, armchair – anything, as long as it fits in size.
- Umbrella stand.
- Shelf for cosmetics.
At first glance, it seems that there are too many elements. But we will try to place them compactly, combining several functions in one item.
If the cabinet does not fit, but is very necessary, then we hide this volume in the mezzanine, painted in white or milky shade. We will support it with floor tiles at the entrance and the color of the doors. For the walls, we will take a cream color, and decorate the area under the mezzanines with a contrasting color. It will create the effect of niche depth and visually expand the boundaries of the hallway.
Since the mezzanine is located above the level of the head and, moreover, merges with the walls, it becomes completely invisible. And the volume of things that can be placed in a row of wall cabinets is comparable to a standard wardrobe.
The cabinet can be hidden in a niche or reduced to a depth of 40 cm and placed along one of the walls. To hide its volume, we will hang mirrors on the sliding doors.
Hanging a down jacket in a shallow box is problematic. But there is a way out. It is enough to buy a retractable end bar, on which the clothes are not located across the cabinet, but are turned towards you.
Between the cabinet and the galoshnitsa in the form of a chest of drawers, we will put a bench or a bench. She is not simple. There is a spacious storage box under the seat. And when you open the facade, you get access to spacious shelves.
Classic or modern?
In the narrow corridors of Khrushchev for the classics there is very little space left. Although, antique motifs in the ascetic Greek direction will fit perfectly into a limited space. But for the baroque, with its lush luxury, there will be nowhere to turn around.
Scandinavian style is ideal for such rooms. A light color scheme is quite appropriate here, which, nevertheless, allows for juicy bright colors. Simple silhouettes, latticed glass facades and doors all play into the tiny hallway.
Minimalistic notes of Asian trends are good. But they also require a well-designed storage system, hidden from view. There is no place for open hangers and shelves.
Urban styles and modern fit easily into Khrushchev, Stalinka and other buildings of the Soviet era. With them it is easy to create a dynamic interior in which all the elements not only interact harmoniously with each other, but also create the effect of living presence.
Ethnic trends are also easily squeezed into narrow Khrushchev square meters. It is only necessary to ensure that the texture of the stone and wood is made in light shades. If the tree is a linden or aspen. If stone – then light sandstone or white marble. Lightened shades of clay look good in combination with milky and creamy shades.
As you can see, you can create comfort even in cramped circumstances and in a limited area. And competent planning allows you to make the hallway functional and comfortable.
Read about modern trends in hallway design here – https://desmyhome.ru/prihozhaja/dizajn-prihozhih-v-kvartire-sovremennye-idei-trendy-novinki-goda/
Photo of a hallway in the interior of a narrow corridor