Don’t want the entrance area to look like a utilitarian room, faceless and gray? Be inspired by bright ideas from projects and bring them to life – interesting furniture, juicy colors, non-standard finishes, and other solutions.
Entrance door in the color of the walls
Doors that merge with the color of the walls are always a stylish solution that attracts the eye. Want a wow effect in your hallway? Install the door in the tone of the walls or repaint the existing one – this is also possible.
Bright color in the finish
We are accustomed to the fact that unexpected color solutions are the fate of living rooms. Bright colors began to reach kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms. But in the hallway, too, you should not avoid atypical shades for it. A stylish effect, a feeling of freshness, a joyful mood – all this will be in the entrance area if you approach its design with courage … and a can of paint. Shades are better to choose noble: deep or dusty blue, terracotta, green, and yellow.
Decorative elements and thoughtful accessories
It’s a similar story with decorative elements. It is believed that the hallway is a utilitarian room and does not require additional “decorations”. However, this is not at all the case: a harmoniously selected decor is able to instantly revive the room, bringing it closer to the status of “residential”. Thoughtful aesthetics will cheer you up, as soon as you step over the threshold of the apartment. In addition, accessories will help to ideologically combine the hallway with the rest of the interior. Create decorative compositions on shelves, consoles, racks, chests of drawers, and the tops of shoeboxes, mixing your favorite items: candles, vases, and figurines.
Paintings on the walls
You can decorate the walls of the entrance area not only with hooks with outerwear but also with art – to a greater or lesser extent. I want a slight unobtrusive effect – make a composition of abstract posters. Just avoid clichéd, all-too-popular plots. If you need a more thorough solution – pick up a picture of a contemporary artist. A piece of real art at home is a good investment. By the way, paintings can not only be hung but also put – on the floor or chest of drawers.
Pieces of furniture inherent in other living rooms
Try to refract this line by adding something atypical, and more interesting. Pieces of furniture that could well be in the living room will take pride of place in the entrance area too – and thereby immediately increase the grandeur, and aesthetics of the room. For example, an extended rack, an armchair, a large floor mirror in a large frame, or a vintage chest of drawers.
Bright tiles on the floor instead of a faceless coating
Large-format porcelain stoneware of unmarked color is, of course, a practical finishing material for a room with such permeability as that of a hallway. But what can this faceless coating give to the visual component of the interior? Little. Therefore, abandon such seemingly universal and time-tested solutions in favor of bright tiles with ethnic or abstract ornaments. The same porcelain stoneware is easy to find in such colors, and in the details of the drawing, dirt from the street will also not be so visible – it turns out that nothing is lost in practicality either.
Reflective surfaces are always associated with gloss and style. Why not use this trick when entering the apartment? As the exact opposite of possible pollution and practical, unmarked solutions, gloss will instantly take the hallway to a new level. Mirrors (solid canvases or panels), glossy flooring, metal surfaces, glass or crystal lamps – all this will make the hallway a more residential, solemn room.
Combining the hallway with the living part – layout and decoration
Nothing more comforts the hallway than the maximum proximity to the residential part of the apartment. If you are at the initial stage of repair, then perhaps you will like the idea of redesigning so that the entrance area does not end up in a separate dark corner. Such a solution may seem especially relevant to the owners of small apartments, where every square meter counts. The same finish of the walls or floor (or both at once) will help to further unite the entrance and subsequent zones visually. The absence of “crushing” will slightly expand the space.
Often hallways are small “boxes” with many doors to dressing rooms, pantries, and bathrooms. To get rid of such a “multi-door” effect that presses and does not decorate the hall, install flush-mounted doors. They are not budgetary, but they do not attract any attention to themselves. This is especially important if the walls are painted in an unusually beautiful shade that you do not want to break with a door leaf.
Non-standard wall decoration: slats, moldings, bright wallpaper
Returning to the walls, we note that their bright palette is not the only way to ennoble the hallway. For example, wallpaper with a variegated print is an unusual solution for such a room that will please the eye. Or wooden slats, which we are used to seeing as an accent on the sofa area or zoning partition – they can finish both the walls and the ceiling of the hall. And, finally, if you want to maintain a neutral palette, diversify it with moldings. Such strips are typical for classic and neoclassical living rooms, so they will look fresh in the hallway.
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