Decoration Of Premises, Renovation Of Apartments

Narrow corridor: design, photo, ideas

By arranging their homes, many leave the design of the corridor in the end. Nevertheless, this room can be called a kind of visiting card of any home, as the corridor is viewed by people getting into the apartment. In many old houses one can observe small hallways, as well as narrow and long corridors with dark walls and a lack of illumination. This layout optically conceals space. Visually expand it easily, using the techniques described in this article.


What isnarrow corridor

Traditionally a narrow and long passage between rooms of different purposes is called a corridor. In different epochs, its layout changed according to the development of architectural styles. Adjac

ent concepts, such as the hall and the lobby, carry a slightly different semantic load - the so-called rooms of larger sizes, for which other shapes( including round, polygonal) may be inherent. In addition, the corridor usually goes deep into the dwelling, connecting different rooms, and can be a continuation of the hallway or hall. The elongated, slightly illuminated corridor carries a functional load, but does not make the interior cozy enough. Quite often you can observe the layout of the apartment, when from a small square or rectangular hallway the corridors branch to the kitchen, as well as to the living quarters. The main task of designing a narrow corridor in an apartment is to give it an optically large width and space, and also to improve its illumination.

If you are interested in how to design a narrow corridor, you should pay attention to the following information. It is known that in any elongated room of a small width one can observe the so-called tunnel effect, which gives the impression that the free space at the top is narrower than under the feet. Due to the incorrect design of a narrow elongated corridor in a closed and darkened space, a depressing impression of a close box may occur. Visually "move apart" the walls can be through the thoughtful design of a narrow corridor. Sometimes this room is attached to the next room. It should be noted that such a redevelopment requires reconciliation, besides it is not always possible - often the wall separating the corridor and the adjoining room is a carrier, in which case it can not be removed. In addition, the integration of the entrance area with the residential will entail certain inconveniences, it is more expedient and hygienic to leave the layout in its original form. Sometimes one of the adjoining walls( not carrier) is replaced with a glass partition to let more light into the corridor.

Basic tricks for narrow corridor

Designing the interior of a narrow corridor, you will need to carefully consider its design. It is not difficult to equip the space of this room in the best way - you will need to arm yourself with the following fairly common and proven methods.

Wall decoration

Visually correct the space of a narrow corridor in a Khrushchevka, as well as other rooms of small size, with the help of competent color matching. First of all, it is worth paying attention to light shades. White color expands the space and creates the impression of lighted rooms - however, the corridor is a passage room in which white walls will quickly get dirty. Thus, when choosing the color solution of the finish of this room, it is recommended to stop your choice on not too saturated, neutral light colors( they include cream, sand, light gray, vanilla), and also in cold light shades of blue, mint, turquoise. It is not recommended to use light shades of blue and lilac, since these tones do not have the ability to optically expand the space, and to a large extent depend on the illumination. Glossy wall surfaces will be reflected opposite each other and give the interior of a narrow long corridor a spectacular and spacious feeling.

It should be used with caution in finishing bright contrasts, as they visually crush an already small room and hide its volume. Some designers recommend using the combination of two close tones when decorating the walls - in such cases for the upper part of the walls choose a light color, for the bottom - the shade is darker. The border of color, which runs along the walls horizontally, is formed using a molding matched in a tone to the platbands on the door. This method of decoration will help get rid of the notorious tunnel effect in a narrow( but not too long) corridor. It should be noted that a non-contrast, sufficiently soft color combination( for example, milk and a shade of cocoa with milk) should be chosen.


When choosing the right wall finishes, you should prefer smooth textures, because corrugated materials in a narrow corridor can quickly lose their spectacular appearance. When decorating a narrow corridor, it is not recommended to use wall panels( plastic or PVC), since this finish resembles the office atmosphere and can look cheap. In addition, it is not necessary to tile the walls from below with tiles.

As an alternative to painting walls and wallpapering, you can apply the following ideas for finishing a narrow corridor:

  • to apply Venetian plaster with a smooth texture or liquid wallpaper - these finishes are durable, easy to wash. It is also convenient to take care of vinyl and cork wallpaper;
  • to coat the walls from the bottom with a lining or laminate, and then paint in a suitable color. The upper part of the walls can also be covered with wallpaper for painting;
  • combine the decoration of individual elements of the room with decorative stone or plaster with pasting it with wallpaper.

Floor design

When decorating the floor of a long and narrow corridor in an apartment, it is necessary to take into account the following - it is necessary to avoid finishing the longitudinal strips visually "stretching" the room and making it even narrower. Light, as well as glossy floor visually expand the space and give the room the missing volume. Nevertheless, the smooth floor slips, so it is recommended to give preference to at least slightly corrugated coatings. Do not use very dark colors for the floor - they are clearly visible the smallest specks, the appearance of which in such a passageway can not be avoided. The light colors of the wood look fine in the narrow corridor on the floor, as well as the soft or medium color saturation of the tile tone. The bright floor will do, including if the decoration of the walls is combined in two colors, and the lower part of them is decorated in sufficiently rich shades.

In the corridor leading from the hallway to the rooms, it is recommended to place the same carpet on the floor as in the living rooms. You can put only the floor in the hallway in the tile, or there and in the corridor leading to the kitchen( it is most advisable to use the same tiling on the floor - or the other, if the design of the kitchen space requires it).As for the tracks, mats with wide transverse stripes or graphic ornament fit into the design of a narrow corridor in Khrushchev.

Furniture and doors, mirrors

In the presence of a narrow corridor, starting from the hallway, care should be taken to ensure that the doors within sight( and the entrance one too) are the same color. In addition, you will need to standardize this way skirting. Ideally, when a narrow corridor does not end with a door. The existing doors can be designed in the form of arches, replace the blind construction with light door frames with glasses or mirrors, and also with curtained curtains or interior light curtains made of threads, beads, bamboo. If you increase the height of the existing doorways, the interior of the narrow corridor will look more solemn and stylish. In addition, you can raise the doorways upwards, and leave the doors of the usual dimensions.

It is desirable that the furniture in the hallway coincides in color with the door. Similarly, you can achieve that the space was decorated in a unified style and due to this visually acquired a larger volume. If the area allows, in the corridor you can arrange a convenient closet, including a mirror door - it can accommodate everything that it is desirable to keep on hand and not in sight. Such furniture can be made to order according to the dimensions of the room. If there is almost no free space for furniture, you can attach small hooks and hangers on the walls to place outer clothing after coming from the street. Do not clutter a narrow corridor.

In case of hitting the room with sunlight, it makes sense to hang a mirror on the illuminated wall so that it reflects it - usually such a place is at the beginning or end of the corridor. If you place two mirrors on one wall, the corridor will expand optically. Having located a picture opposite to them or artistic modeling, you can get rid of the effect of empty space.

Advantageous will transform narrow corridor as well:

  • false window with a mirror in a blank partition - this part is functional and looks aesthetically pleasing;
  • cabinet with mirror doors;
  • mirror wall, optically doubling the space of the corridor and creating the illusion of having additional free space. Particularly successful is the design of the end wall, while you need to take care to designate a mirror, for example, ornament, so that guests do not "enter" it;
  • traditional mirror in the frame or classic dressing table;
  • mirror located in the niche between the cabinets;
  • is a large full-length mirror mounted on the floor. It is not recommended to install it at the end of a long corridor, so as not to reflect in it the "endless tunnel".

Ceiling decoration, lighting and wall decoration

Correcting the space of a narrow corridor will help the decoration of the wall and ceiling surfaces in light colors - you need to try to achieve the effect of a single space, when the transitions between them are maximally smoothed. If there are glossy surfaces in them, the glare of light will be reflected brightly, and the ceiling will appear higher, and the corridor will be more spacious. In addition, you can successfully play against the contrast of a light glossy ceiling and a matte flooring of a saturated color.

First of all, remember that for such a room should be organized high-quality lighting. If there is a short corridor( less than three meters in length), you can install one ceiling lamp, placing it in the central part of the ceiling. For a longer corridor, it is preferable to use several ceiling fixtures( chandeliers, lamps or spots) placed at equal distances from each other, so that the light beams spread evenly.


To achieve the desired degree of illumination, you need to use a sufficiently powerful lamp. To illuminate a narrow corridor, do not use fluorescent lamps, as they distort the color reproduction. In order to obtain the light most approximate in the spectrum to natural light, it is recommended to use halogen lamps or ordinary incandescent bulbs. To illuminate the shelves, mirrors, you can use a spotlight.

Given the small distance between the walls, it is not recommended to place lamps on them, even very cute ones, as they take away such a scarce space, divert attention to themselves, visually narrowing an already narrow corridor. The same can be said about a variety of wall decor in the form of paintings, prints or photos - you should consider how much it is appropriate to place on the walls of this room, so as not to create unnecessary obstruction of space. Most likely, it makes sense to place on the walls several decor items in the form of small separate accents.

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