Organization of space

Design of a narrow hallway: Architect's advice

A narrow hallway can not be called a gift forarchitect and even more so for its owner. However, even the smallest and darkest vestibule can be transformed almost beyond recognition. This is exactly what our article today

The hallway is a full-fledged part, and to be neglectedits design is impossible in any case, because this is the first thing that we see when entering the house. However, often in modern apartments, the hallway is too narrow, long and dark. We asked a practicing architect how to make a hallway light, functional and stylish, and what techniques to use to visually expand the space. Ilona Boleyshits, architect

Head of the AR-KA architectural bureau,architect, graduate of the Faculty of Architecture of the Belarusian State Pedagogical University (Minsk), until 2005 she was engaged in private practice. In 2006 she was the lead architect in the subsidiaries of MIRAX. In 2008, together with her colleague Igor Orlov, she founded her own studio AR-KA. The studio has become an active participant and laureate of various architectural competitions. Functionality

- The first thing to consider: in the narrow hallway of interior items should be a bit. Make a list of what you really need, give up excess, leaving space free.

The shoe can be replaced with a shelf, a bench forshoes to make a folding, a wardrobe to hide in the dressing room, leaving a few open designer hangers, buy an entrance door with a mirror, give up the nightstand for small things, replacing it with a small shelf. If there is no possibility to refuse the cabinet, betterDo it with sliding doors that do not interfere with the passage in case of opening. The most convenient option - to arrange all the necessary pieces of furniture on one wall. A successful solution for narrow hallways is an incomplete cupboard. However, if you place the hangers in a cabinet parallel to the wall, the cabinet depth can be as low as 30-35 cm. And if you make inclined shelves, then you can place several pairs of low shoes. The main thing is not to obstruct the narrow entrance hall with extra things, cleaning them, for example, on the mezzanine. Engineering

The architect recommends using a corridor withthe purpose of placing access to the service areas of engineering systems. In the hallway, you can easily lower the ceiling, not being afraid that it will "crush", and hide under it the blocks of channel air conditioners and wiring. And withdraw the hatch in an accessible area. It will also be appropriate to place heating combs and electrical flaps in the corridor walls of the collectors. Finish

The hallway is the most passable place in the house, thereforeand finish it should be as much as possible durable. Give preference to ceramic tile, linoleum and vinyl wallpaper. To visually expand the space, you can use doors with a hidden box or invisible doors in the color of the walls. Also, an interesting visual effect will be the continuation of the furniture facades in the adjacent room as wall panels of the hallway.

Also visually expand the space will helpmirrors, glossy and glass surfaces, lighting. The most common and convenient version of the lighting design of the hallway are spotlights and embedded aluminum profiles for LED strip. And the switches in the hallway must be donepassages to extinguish the light could be from the room, without returning to the front door. And, of course, the favorite reception for designers is to use prints and geometry to visually expand the space: horizontal bars - to increase the room width. Decor

A narrow and long hallway is a great place fordecor. Илона Болейшиц advises to place at the end of a corridor an art object: a picture, a figurine, an interesting armchair. And on the walls will be an advantageous look accent decor: pictures, frames for family photos, stencil drawings, magnetic or slate boards, wallpaper with a large print. Thus, using simple techniques, you can make a cozy, functional and bright space from a narrow and dark hallway. The editors express their gratitude to the communication agency "Arkhdialog" and personally Svetlana Kotlukova for assistance in the preparation of the article.