Our apartments, with rare exception, begin with the corridor of the premises, which includes the hallway. What impression this room, depends on our mood and emotional state.
In many homes, particularly old buildings, have preserved the narrow and long corridors, most of which were not used as living space. You need to correct design faults and vices, to make a long «the tunnel» comfortable and functional, and think carefully about its design.
Design of a long corridor can be a variety of options, depends on what effect you expect.
For example, in the throat – it is better not to glue in the lower part of the room Wallpaper, because after a short time they lose their appeal and appearance thanks to your furry pet. Cats are particularly attracted to the sound of detaching Wallpaper. In this case, it is preferable from the design of a long corridor in the apartment (photos) this is a possibility and to use for wall decor in the room other materials, more resistant to damage.
Approximately the same situation with young children, they’ll want to be creative and decorate your design your new walls. Pre-prefer materials that are easy to clean out of pencils and pens.
It is best to make the design of the long room in the same colours that you used for the other rooms in the apartment, add to the design elements of the same color and materials that are present in the living room or bedroom.
Design narrow and overly long hallway in the apartment (photo) resembles the narrow dark tunnel, which creates the feeling that the walls closing the passing of a person. The specialists of the design of apartments for long areas offer various options for visual expansion of space.
Using some of the techniques you can transform the design of a long narrow hallway in an apartment in a certain style:
- good lighting of the corridor;
- use design, bright colors and glossy surfaces, application of wall decor elements and fragments of stone masonry, liquid Wallpaper, combinations of Wallpaper and plaster;
- choice of built-in furniture, wardrobes, corner shelves, various accessories for convenience and comfort;
- creating through design the illusion of increasing the area through the use of sliding doors, arches instead of doors etc.
- add in the interior, mirrors, paintings, photographs.
Lighting is an important part of design narrow and long corridor. More light – more spacious it will look long passage. Starting from the General concept of the design, choose the options of lamps.
Ideas and solutions for lighting design of the interior of a long corridor usually offer to install them on a long ceiling, in the ceiling part of the walls, you can highlight any elements of the interior of a long corridor. You may need to increase the capacity of the used bulbs. If the budget allows, you can make a design highlighting the floor, highlighting the personality of the original design of your a long corridor. Good lighting will help avoid the “tunnel effect” in a long corridor like the walls are closing in on the person passing it.
When choosing the color of the walls give the advantage to the light tones. Modern design does not recommend to choose for the walls a white color for corridor soiled room. Better to stay on neutral light colours (beige, colors of vanilla, cream, light grey), cold (mint, turquoise, light blue, light green). Light blue and lilac color, the designers are not recommended for such interiors – their perception changes depending on lighting.
The ceiling should be left white, although at the request of owners may apply other options. Design floor better not to do too dark. It is clearly visible pollution, on the other hand, lighter colors on the floor of the long room will look better.
In the design of the narrow long corridors, good effect gives the combination on the walls in two colors. You can use the contrast options, but it is better to stay on a combination of a little more than light and dark tones one color range.
The design split the walls horizontally using the molding will also help avoid the tunnel effect of a long corridor. In this embodiment, the upper part of the walls, lighter than the lower, you can use washable Wallpaper or paint the walls, molding choose any colour of door frames or white.
Design light and dark tones is recommended in the following proportions:
- if the ceilings are low (2,00-2,30 meters), top / bottom are doing in the proportions 2/3 to 1/3 or 3/5 to 2/5;
- with average height ceilings (2,70-2,90 meters) – 1/2 to 1/2;
- if the ceilings above 3M, you can use all the above sizes.
The width of the separation border, or molding, can vary from 5 to 25 cm, optimally 8-10 cm.
In the design of a long corridor it is better to follow the rule to the floor and the door to the corridor (input in particular), was of the same color. You can choose furniture in the same color scheme. This creates the impression of a single coherent space, and also visually increases the width of the long room.
Good design is long and narrow corridors can influence the perception of the hallway and rooms.
If a long passage is branched into two, one leads to the kitchen, another in the living room, it is possible to finish the floor in the corridor leading to the kitchen, in the kitchen, use ceramic tile of the same species, and in the hallway, sent to living rooms to acquire other material, the same as in the rooms, for example, a laminate or a textile cover. Good design – to use in a long corridor and kitchen in the same floor covering, in this case, use tile or nice linoleum.
When choosing the material to cover the floor of the long room it is necessary that the surface was not smooth on a slippery floor, especially wet, easy to slip and be injured. A small roughness of the material will help to solve the issue and not complicate the cleaning of the floor.
When choosing the design of coatings for a long passage it is better to stay strong and wear-resistant materials resistant to moisture. It can be ceramic tile, linoleum of good quality. Laminate, parquet, wood stoves should be avoided because of the moisture that falls from the shoes and clothes, the surface can warp and deteriorate.
For the walls of a long passage the choice is left to the materials, responds well to wet cleaning. You can use washable Wallpaper, decorative plaster, decorative stone and other materials. The most common option is to use washable Wallpaper.
Surface washable Wallpaper is easy to remove dirt and dust falling from the street, without violating the integrity of the coating and without compromising appearance. It can be vinyl Wallpaper, quite durable and easy to clean. An interesting solution would be fiberglass, the surface on the walls of the long space can be transformed into any color you like after gluing. The fiberglass is resistant to solvents, so over time you will be able to easily update the interior of the corridor with the painting of the Wallpaper in any other color.
To the innovations of the design include liquid Wallpaper, they, too, are easy to clean, and will still mask the cracks, pits, slight defects in the walls.
Design can visually change the proportions of a long corridor, if “fragment”, that is, to allocate a separate part. In this case, the finish should not be colorful, it is better to use plain options with a selection of individual fragments. As decorative elements you can use textured Wallpaper with imitation of stone, leather and abstract patterns, combining them with a plain Wallpaper suitable color.
The space is a long corridor space is necessary to make functional. This will help you a good selection of furniture. If the size of the corridor allow, it is better to give your choice of options built-in furniture, to place the narrow wardrobe with sliding doors. If you order mirrored doors this wardrobe – it helps to visually perceive the space of the long room increased. You can use corner shelves, corner cupboard for shoes. If the corridor is disproportionately long and narrow, to save space instead of cabinets to hang various hangers, hooks for storage of various details use hanging organizers.
Interesting solution to the problem of a long corridor is the use of semicircular arches, instead of interior doors, for example, between the hallway and kitchen. This will create the illusion of a single space. Conventional doors can be replaced with decorative curtains to save space by putting sliding doors between the corridor and living room.
A long, narrow corridor will seem wider if you hang on one wall, two mirrors, and on the other lamp. If the reflecting surface will get a ray of sunshine from another room, a corridor will also seem lighter and more.
Designers give advice as elements of decor to hang on the wall a long narrow hallway with your family photos or paintings. However, this view is not shared by all specialists in decor. If the corridor is too narrow may be uncomfortable to view the photos, besides you can touch them when you pass by.
On the other hand, the pictures of the happy moments of your family will add a positive and create a good mood, and it is no less important than well-chosen design.