he entrance hall is the first room that sets the tone for the rest of the apartment, serves as a kind of visiting card for the owners, so its design deserves special attention. A small entrance hall is not a sentence, even a few square meters of the entrance hall, with the right approach, can turn into a comfortable stylish setting that will surprise you with its functionality and spaciousness.
Where to start repairs?
When starting repairs in a small hallway, you must first assess the possibilities of expanding the space. In this case, combining the entrance hall with the living room can help out by dismantling the doorway and a fragment of the wall. To prevent street dirt and cold air from getting directly into the living room, decorative plasterboard partitions are installed. A good solution would be to erect arched vaults instead of interior doors, as a result of which the space of a small corridor will become more open and bright.
Often, the layouts of the hallways provide for the presence of niches, this is especially typical for apartments in Khrushchevs. The recesses in the wall can be used for arranging built-in wardrobes where clothes, shoes or equipment will be stored (sometimes they even find a place here for a washing machine).
It is worth starting repair work with a complete dismantling of old finishing materials, leveling and cleaning surfaces. Consider in advance the future lighting system, since even before the start of finishing work, it is necessary to equip the locations of the lamps and sockets in order to disguise the electrical cable.
Before starting the repair, you should think over everything to the smallest detail, starting from the choice of style, the color of the small hallway and ending with the installation of furniture, lamps and decor. It is better to draw a draft sketch on a sheet of paper, following which you can carry out repairs in stages without unforeseen problems.
Color for a small hallway
For the decoration of small rooms, designers quite rightly give preference to a light palette that can visually expand the boundaries of a room. In the hallway, where there are no windows and, practically, no natural light enters, a light finish is most relevant. As a rule, they choose the main color, to which one or two additional ones are added to create contrasts and small accents.
Today, many people prefer the white palette, which is typical for many modern styles (minimalism, Scandinavian, classic). Decorating the walls and ceiling in one snow-white palette will “blur” the boundaries between the planes, due to which the room will seem much wider. There is no need to be afraid that the hallway will turn into sterile hospital chambers, because you will fill it with peculiar contrasts, the role of which will be assigned to the original flooring, rugs, wooden furniture, wall decor in the form of paintings, photos or a beautiful mirror.
For a lighter but more cozy environment, you can use a beige color scheme as a basis for your design, which looks great in any style. Brown will create the best company for him, but white and pastel colors can be connected to the design.
Gray is at the peak of popularity – it is neutral and laconic, therefore it is often the best solution for decorating rooms in modern, restrained styles. To revive the monochrome setting, multi-level lighting, mirror surfaces are installed, blotches of white, black paints and other contrasts are used.
A soft, unobtrusive atmosphere in a small hallway will help to create pastel colors, such as light green, blue, pink, lemon, etc. alternate light and dark stripes of the same tone or make a more saturated accent wall against the background of an overall light finish.
Finishes and materials
When choosing materials for finishing a small hallway, pay attention to the fact that pollution from the street, currents of cool air and humidity can penetrate into this room, so you should give preference to coatings that are resistant to these conditions.
An entrance hall is a walk-through room, where the floor surface constantly experiences mechanical stress and gets dirty quickly. Therefore, you need to choose the most durable coating that is easy to clean.
The best option may be floor tiles or porcelain stoneware – the materials meet all the necessary operating requirements and have a huge range of designs.
A more economical option is linoleum, which, although it is considered partly outdated, but today also has many interpretations, is made from artificial and natural materials. Parquet and laminate flooring are much less resistant to moisture, sand and can deform over time.
For the walls of the hallway, the choice of finishing materials is quite large and they are often combined, creating a unique interior. Having previously leveled the surfaces, the walls can be painted with acrylic or water-based composition, decorated with decorative plaster, and pasted over with washable wallpaper.
An interesting option would be pasting one of the walls with photo wallpaper, where the images are selected to match the style of the room. Individual areas can be decorated with decorative stone, highlight, for example, doorways, corners or niches. PVC panels with a wide range of colors are no less relevant.
With the help of finishing materials, you can visually increase the space of a small hallway. Vertical patterns on the wallpaper will “raise” the height of the ceiling surface, and horizontal patterns will expand the room. You should not get carried away with large patterns that can bring the surface closer – if you do not like a monochromatic design, choose wallpaper with a small pattern that will add dynamics to the design.
In a small hallway, a light ceiling looks best. Smooth surface can be whitewashed or painted. A popular trend has become plasterboard ceiling and stretch glossy or matte canvas. Such designs make it possible to dispense with preliminary leveling of the surface, equip figured structures and a point lighting system by hiding the electric wires.
Furniture for a small hallway
The choice of furniture often becomes the main problem of a small corridor. There is no room for bulky cabinets, so you need to choose the most compact storage systems. You need to try to maximize the use of corner areas, for example, install a radius wardrobe or a hanger. You can choose a modular set for the hallway by placing individual elements in less walkable places.
It is worth making the most of the space around the front door – equip a mezzanine in the upper part, and install compact storage systems on the sides. If there is a niche in the corridor, use it to equip the built-in wardrobe – all you need to do is install shelves and sliding doors. You can buy a narrow shoe rack, where folding shelves allow you to store your shoes compactly.
In a small hallway, you can get by with a minimal set of furniture, for example, install a shoe bench-bench on which you can sit or put a bag, and attach a shelf with hooks for outerwear on top. All that remains is to add a wall mirror and a couple of decorative elements.
Lighting and decor
In most cases, there are no windows in the hallway and the room can seem rather gloomy if not equipped with high-quality lighting. It can be a small ceiling chandelier, spotlights, spots.
The area near the mirror should be additionally equipped with illumination in the form of one or two lamps (sometimes make-up mirrors equipped with many lamps are installed). The surfaces of the ceiling and floor with hidden illumination in the form of neon ribbons and luminescent elements look original.
In a small hallway, do not get carried away with the overall decor, which will clutter up an already small space. Its role can be played by features of decoration, colored inserts, a couple of photographs or paintings, a mirror in a beautiful frame, a bright floor rug or pouf.
To make the hallway furnishings look nice and orderly, it should be decorated in one of the interior styles, which should be combined with other rooms in the apartment. We suggest considering several good ideas for a small hallway.
Small hallway in classic style
For a hallway in a classic style, cream, milky, light gray tones are acceptable, so the design is perfect for a small room. Here, preference is given to white furniture made of wood, massive mirrors in luxurious frames, moldings and carved elements that decorate the environment.
The floor is covered with marble tiles or porcelain stoneware, and the walls are decorated with decorative plaster, stone or fabric wallpaper with small discreet ornaments. The classic does not age and this is its main advantage – a luxurious interior can be complemented by more modern details, such as wardrobes, spotlights, etc., but stucco elements, luxurious chandeliers, expensive finishing materials will always emphasize the presentable design and good taste of the owners.
Small hallway in the style of minimalism
The design of a small hallway in the style of minimalism assumes a laconic design, practically devoid of decorations and useless elements. The interior has strict geometric shapes, clear lines and angles. The preference is given to light colors of finishes, built-in storage systems, bright multi-level lighting.
For wall decoration, simple, but high-quality materials without drawings are characteristic – it can be wallpaper for painting, plaster or PVC panels. Large mirrors of any shape are an integral part of the design, visually increasing the space.
Small hallway in Scandinavian style
The style, which originated in the 18th century in Sweden, has renewed its relevance in our time thanks to the design features, where the desire for minimalism is perfectly combined with home comfort.
A small hallway in the Scandinavian style is most often decorated in a white palette, but this is not a dogma – gray, beige, olive shades may well be present. Preference is given to wooden furnishings, which should be few: open hangers, a small sofa or pouf, a mirror in a massive wooden frame and a small bedside table – this is quite enough to accommodate the necessary things.
Plaster, painting, plain wall panels or brickwork are used as finishing. The decorative elements are often vintage things (an old chest of drawers, a shabby rug), living flowerpots, photographs, bright elements of furniture and clothing.
Small entrance hall in loft style
The peculiarity of the “attic” style in a small hallway is manifested in the deliberately rough decoration of the walls like brick or concrete, a large number of lighting fixtures, often having an original (industrial) design, as well as in the minimum number of furnishing details.
Furniture here can be presented in the most unusual forms: open shelves, shelves, massive metal hangers and, necessarily, a floor mirror in a wooden frame – all these details clearly emphasize the style features.
Interior design of a small hallway – photo
The entrance hall in the apartment is a kind of portal that separates a quiet home corner from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is up to you to decide what it should be, and we, in turn, offer you to familiarize yourself with various beautiful design options in our photo gallery. Watch and be inspired!
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Originally posted 2020-07-18 15:00:28.