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Furnishing tips for long hallways – getting the best out of it

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They are often considered a decorative problem area and are usually neglected. They are still happy to have older apartment layouts and have only integrated them into the planning as a functionally indispensable element in order to get from A to B: We are talking about long corridors and narrow passageways in houses and apartments that are anything but lingering and mostly only want to be measured at a fast pace. In doing so, they have some advantages to be discovered. With a few unusual ideas, you can make a long hallway functional and beautiful.

Designing a long hallway – an interior design relic from days gone by

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Many floor plans of apartments from past decades can be reduced to an identical basic type: As many rooms as possible, which – similar to a hotel but only smaller – emerge like pearls on a string from a narrow, central connecting corridor. The lack of breadth reveals the unkind reduction to the purely functional necessary, which architects assigned to the (non-) living area at the beginning of the last century until the economic boom.

Historically, the living space concept, which is now considered obsolete by interior designers, is based on the classic multi-person household, which considered grandparents and grandchildren as it were and was a planning expression of social solidarity and coexistence of all members of an extended family living under one roof. Everyone should have their own area, separated by a door, with a central, easily accessible kitchen and a wet room at the front end.

Missed opportunities in the long hallway


Longer tubular boards in particular also offer opportunities to realize ideas and set accents without wanting to tear down walls in desperation. For example, based on the idea that the hall is the only area in such floor plans that in principle allows direct access to all rooms, room fragrances in the form of decorative, attractive scented candles, scented lamps can be profitably placed on existing spaces.

So sees Especially in the central areas of apartments that are covered by drafts, in contrast to closed rooms, this is the most suitable place to set up room fragrance distributors, as the smell can spread optimally and intensively into all areas from there.

In order to transform the home into a fragrance oasis, a few drops of pure fragrance essences are enough, mixed with a little water Scented environment of three to four meters – perfectly sufficient for most corridors in old apartments.

With decorative steaming dishes and small scented fountains, visual accents can also be set, such as dainty wall hooks and buttons, which are also both decorative and fulfill a useful function.

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Formerly “dead” areas can thus be breathed into functional life, previously unused niches can be converted into shelves with precisely fitting wall shelves, which – like in one post on the subject of storage ideas – used as a bookshelf to transform a conventional hallway into a library.

Space-saving shoe cupboards with shoe flaps and shallow depths, as well as tilting chests of drawers leaning against the wall on two legs are just two further examples from a whole range of possibilities to provide the corridor with functional elements.

Trick: Make a long hallway look wider

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Painting the long hallway in a light pastel color or in white tones is the first step in making the area appear larger than it actually is. In addition, larger ceiling lamps with a higher surface should be used, white ball lamps can be profitable. In order to conceal the long, narrow character of the passage area, it is advisable to visually highlight the front sides with a darker color.

Exiting doors should be painted in the same color as the corridor walls in order to visually disappear into the wall and not to emphasize the hose character. If you want a carpet, you should also choose a light shade to make the corridor appear larger, because: with a light floor, the walls appear further apart.

Mirror, mirror on the wall: more light, more room size

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In order to optically enlarge the narrow passage area, large mirrors seem to bring more light into the room than is actually available, as they reflect daylight and thus mislead the eye. The brain is pretended that there is another room in the mirror or that the room is larger. However, the effect only occurs if the mirror is placed in such a way that it reflects light surfaces. The visual effect is enhanced by placing burning candles in front of the mirror.

The light captured by the mirror should be directed onto dark corners in the hallway in order to optimally illuminate the area. You can also decorate many mirror accessories, for example vases that are painted with a mirror effect or lamp legs with mirrowshades. Mirrors can also bring reflections into the corridor without hanging on the wall, as recommended by

The escape to the front


A contrary approach deliberately relies on the corridor character. Proponents of the line argue that the narrow hallway has a special position within the residential structure and should therefore be treated as such. Deliberately emphasizing the corridor character can paradoxically lead to the exact opposite, namely make the passage area appear as a living area.

Eye-catching wall decoration or color and unusual decorative elements such as narrow sculptures or the conscious placement of individual, high-quality furniture can significantly increase the living effect. Here, too, a combination of aesthetic appeal and functional use is profitable, so a single, fancy designer chair with a shallow depth offers something for the eye as well as useful value as a short-term opportunity to linger.


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