If you are thinking about the overhaul of the hallway, or want to cosmetically transform its appearance, then our article will help you make this room more functional and consistent with entrance style trends 2020-2021. In it, we will introduce you to the recommendations of world designers on the choice of finishing materials, design styles, lighting fixtures and furniture. And, in addition, we will tell you some secrets of transforming small and narrow corridors.
Currently, the sphere of interior design for hallways is more democratic than ever. However, there is a strict requirement – like other rooms in an apartment or house, the entrance area should be decorated in the same style. In addition, designers recommend decorating this room in a bright palette. This is because in most houses such a room is often narrow and poorly lit. The most relevant are light beige, white, ivory and creamy.
When creating a fashionable hallway, you should use the most modern materials for decoration. They can be either expensive or not very expensive; it invariably gives the room a stylish and elegant look.
Among the original building materials that allow you to create a truly stylish entrance area, we can distinguish:
- “Flexible stone” designed for wall decoration. This is a great alternative to natural stone. It is a sheet of polymer and small marble chips that truly imitate the natural surface;
- ” Living tile ” for the floor surface – a multilayer material that can change the pattern when stepping on it due to the presence of colored gel under the tempered glass;
- light-transmitting wood composite. This material will be a godsend to distinguish between spacious hallways and creating eco-friendly interiors.
In addition, in the decoration of the entrance area you can use well-known, well-proven materials:
Decorative plaster, which boasts a variety of textures and colors, making it possible to obtain embossed and smooth surfaces with excellent wear resistance, durability and a long period of operation.
Paint on the market in a wide variety. It allows not only to paint the walls in the desired tone, but also to combine several colors at once, to draw a picture or an intricate ornament.
Wallpaper in the hallway can be vinyl, non-woven, cullet, “liquid”, quartz, natural bamboo and cork, which in addition to great decorative features also have extraordinary heat and sound insulating qualities.
Plastic panels with a rich selection of colors, textures and patterns.
Ceramic tiles sold in a variety of colors and textures, including imitating leather, precious wood and natural stone.
You can add personality to the hallway using frescoes, 3D wallpapers and, of course, thoughtful lighting in the decor.
A ceiling chandelier is often used as the main source of lighting in the corridor.
Based on the breading features, dimensions and stylistics of the interior decoration, it can be round, square or elongated. The standard is considered to be a lighting device just below the ceiling level.
In addition to the main chandelier, spotlights can be built into the ceiling, giving additional light and becoming an important interior detail of a large hallway. If the ceilings in the room are low, such lamps can become the main light source.
With the help of LED backlighting equipment, you can place accents, divide the hallway into zones or emphasize individual objects in it.
If the corridor is spacious enough, wall lights that can act as decorative elements can be included in the lighting system.
When choosing lighting for a corridor, it is extremely important to take into account the features of its layout and other nuances – the height of the room, the width, and also the ceiling. So, stretch ceilings are usually equipped with overhead or built-in lamps, with a small room size one ceiling lamp of increased power is installed, and in a narrow room – numerous small-sized daylight lamps.
The choice of furniture for the entrance area is determined by the style of design and the requirements of conciseness. Even if the room is spacious, you need to use a minimum of furniture.
In recent decades, furniture companies have made ergonomic sets for halls, which make it possible to equip even the smallest room so that it will be able to compactly store shoes and clothes for the season without compromising on free space.
Note! In the hallways, the installation of furniture into the walls and multifunctional wardrobes are welcome. In the latter case, by integrating a closet with sliding doors into a corner or a free wall niche, you will get a modern storage system that will leave the hallway free.
The choice of interior style is the first decision that must be taken at the stage of repair planning. So, for symmetrical and spacious corridors, you can choose luxurious classics, modern, country or even empire decoration. In rooms of modest dimensions, it is better to choose interiors of light colors with a minimum of decor. This means that hi-tech, Japanese style or minimalism is more suitable for decorating such hallways.
Minimalism. Minimalism is characterized by restraint of colors, a minimal set of furniture and the rejection of deliberate decor. Furniture should ideally become “invisible.” A sliding wardrobe with a mirrored door can act as such. A couple of original accents will help to dilute the monochrome interior. For example, an original puff in shape and a bright rug near the front door.
Loft. The entrance hall, decorated in such a “key”, is especially relevant. You can decorate it with textured panels for brickwork on one wall, the rest painted in light color. And to diversify – with large industrial lamps, elements of pipes and boxes in an industrial style. Ideally, the furniture is built in.
Classic. The classic style in the design of the halls, as they say, is out of fashion. A room of any size will benefit from this design. The highlight in its interior decoration will be lamps with gilding, art objects and wooden furniture.
Modern. This is a style recognizable by its curving lines that resemble plant stems, as well as the presence of wood details, richly decorated mirrors, paintings, sculptures, wooden furniture and natural shades – chocolate, sand or dairy.
Art Deco. This style is a bizarre mix of ethnic motifs, neoclassicism and cubism. Within its framework, the walls can be pasted with wallpaper with a bright geometric ornament or shiny coatings can be used, and glossy tiles can be used on the floor. Cornices are made using stucco moldings, and doorways are in the form of arches. Furniture within such an interior should look artistic.
Unfortunately, halls in old apartments in Khrushchev’s houses, and in modern high-rise buildings, do not always differ in sufficient area. However, even a narrow and small corridor can be transformed with the help of a competent approach to its design.
An excellent solution for the visual expansion of the boundaries of space is the zoning of the room. At the same time, an area for accommodating clothes and shoes, the so-called passage zone and others according to the needs of the owner and free space, is definitely allocated.
In addition, there are secrets to designing which room to give it an illusory volume:
If the hallway is small and has a large number of ledges, the ideal solution is to paint it in a calm color, and hang pictures or photographs on the walls.
- Additionally, you can emphasize the ledges with light;
- The use of vertical or diagonal stripes on the wallpaper will help to facilitate the visual expansion of the room;
- Another method of visual increase in a room is to divide its walls in half and stain it with two colors. By making the wall at the top lighter, you will deliberately extend the room;
- To eliminate the shortcomings of the shape and size of the room will help painting the walls, implying the application of a panoramic image;
- Narrow elongated rooms are best decorated with wallpaper with a small pattern, covering the lower wall with decorative panels and choosing furniture that suits them in tone;
By setting decorative lighting on the floor around the perimeter, you can not only expand the area of the room, but also deprive it of a sense of isolation.
Taboo for small rooms can be called:
- massive lamps;
- dark colors;
- voluminous drawings applied to the walls;
- a large number of furniture;
- fanciful decoration;
- contrast with the decor of other rooms.
As you can see, even a small, narrow and dark corridor is not a sentence for a home. The main thing is to arrange it in harmony with other rooms, take into account fashion trends and considerations of expediency, and then the visiting card of your home will be impeccably beautiful and comfortable!