The entrance hall is the meeting point between the street and the apartment. When starting repairs in your home, it is important not to forget that the entrance hall and the corridor should become an organic part of the apartment, functionally convenient, aesthetically attractive and individually unique. A competently drawn up work plan, carefully thought out details, high-quality materials will serve to solve these problems. And then the repair of the hallway and corridor will become a beautiful fat point in the repair of the entire apartment, and the design of the ceiling in the corridor will play an important role in its setting.
According to the complexity of the design, several types of ceilings are distinguished.
Suspended (tension). They belong to the expensive methods of finishing the premises, but they have a lot of advantages. The material for the production is heavy-duty and fire-resistant polymer canvases on a fabric or PVC basis. For the installation of the structure, first, a rack frame is installed around the entire perimeter of the room, a polymer canvas is pulled onto it using a hot stream of air. Cloth fabrics are matte and are of high cost. PVC base is more affordable, has a glossy surface and a wide range of colors.
The advantages of the material include an excellent aesthetic appearance that does not need to be maintained with careful maintenance. The stretch ceiling allows you to build in various types of luminaires, which adds space. The abundance of textures and colors provide a wide field for the imagination of designers.
Suspended. Differ in the complexity of the design: for installation, a galvanized steel frame is erected, on which the finish is attached. Metal or wooden slats are used as the material, but more often they are gypsum sheets. False ceilings are recommended to be installed only in high rooms, as they “eat up” 15-20 cm of space.
Rack (a kind of suspended). Ideal for non-residential premises, rooms with high humidity or lack of heating. Such ceilings are moisture resistant, are not afraid of temperature extremes and are durable. The rack-and-pinion type of construction is more used in private houses than in apartments. The material is made of special thin aluminum strips, which can be of various colors, glossy or matte. Gold, bronze and chrome options are especially popular.
Two-level ceiling. It is a structure that creates two different heights within the same room. In other words, the distinctive feature of this design is the pronounced step in the ceiling. Such a decorating technique not only sets the style of the room, but also solves everyday tasks. Behind the cladding of a two-level ceiling, you can hide wiring, ventilation holes and other housing communications. A significant plus of the design is the possibility of zoning the hallway and corridor.
Multilevel. Differ from the previous ones in complicated geometry and the number of tiers. These are designs that can combine several types of materials.
Finishes and materials
The material for the ceiling decoration of the corridor should be practical, durable, and harmoniously combined with the overall style of the room.
PVC plates. This method is economically beneficial when finishing the ceiling, because foam sheets are cheap and are mounted using ordinary glue. The material gives a perfectly well-groomed surface, and the decorating process itself is quick and easy. For lovers of "expensive and rich" this is not a suitable finishing option, the ceiling looks somewhat old-fashioned. The basis for the plates can be polystyrene, which is denser in texture. A significant advantage of the material is a large color range and the ability to stick the boards on an unsprayed base.
Separately, it is worth highlighting tiles with a mirror film - this is a cheap analogue of a mirrored ceiling, which visually increases the space and adds height to the room.
Plastic panels. The boom in this material took place ten years ago. Today the panels are used for office furnishings or for decorating bathrooms. But if you choose the colors and the location of the planks correctly, you can get an interesting design of the corridor. For example, beige-brown panels give the surface a wood effect and blend harmoniously into the room
And if you direct the planks across a narrow corridor, you can visually expand the space. Installation of plastic panels is carried out on suspensions or directly on the base, using self-tapping screws or liquid nails. The ceiling is easy to use.
Paste over with wallpaper. Now this method is rarely used due to the high competitiveness of materials. Meanwhile, this is an environmentally friendly and inexpensive option for room decor. The only drawback: it is necessary to thoroughly clean the surface from the old coating. Modern wallpaper for pasting ceilings is distinguished by its density and texture, and is often used for painting. There are paper or non-woven backing. There are textile (fabric) options on sale that look the most advantageous, although they cannot be washed and cleaned
Drywall. Structures made of this material are most relevant for decorating the hallway and corridor. Plasterboard allows you to create multi-level ceilings of any complexity with different types of lighting, skillfully beating the space. Various arches, pilasters and decorative columns set a stylistic direction and are suitable for room zoning. The material does not require thorough surface preparation or leveling, and wiring, ventilation systems or other communication objects can be hidden behind the gypsum sheets
Built-in light sources add warmth and comfort to the space, create the necessary accents in the interior.
Drywall has a lot of advantages:
- quick installation;
- rich colors;
- flexibility of the material and the ability to take any shape;
- environmental friendliness;
- durability and strength;
- the possibility of combining with other materials.
Plasterboard decor is a good opportunity to provide heat and sound insulation of the apartment. It should be borne in mind that such a finish reduces the height of the room, therefore it is relevant for high ceilings.
Mirrored ceilings. A bold and unconventional design solution for the hallway and corridor. For installation, a frame structure is used, on which mirror plates are attached. This finish allows you to visually increase the height, area of space, add airiness to it. Light sources reflected in mirrors create unique and unrepeatable illumination.
This is an environmentally friendly and durable way to decorate a room, which is popular today. But you need to be prepared that you will have to take care of the ceiling more carefully.
Made of wood (boards). Natural wood has a lot of positive qualities, although it is rarely used to decorate the corridor ceiling. It is the most environmentally friendly material that perfectly absorbs sounds and provides comfort to any room. The only drawback is its low moisture resistance. Therefore, wooden surfaces require treatment with special impregnations
Stained glass windows. They belong to the elite options for decorating rooms, the stained glass mosaic impresses with its beauty and uniqueness of the ornament. Regardless of the shape of the structure, such a ceiling will fit into any interior, making it more expensive and sophisticated. Correctly built-in lighting creates a special atmosphere, giving the room a certain color scheme, there is no need to hang a ceiling chandelier. Stained glass decoration looks organically in different interior styles, the most relevant for colored glass: modern, hi-tech, gothic
The stained glass ceiling is distinguished by ease of maintenance, high moisture resistance and a wide range of materials. This ceiling finish is one of the most expensive and stylish design solutions. But the installation of the structure is within the power of every owner; self-installation of a stained-glass ceiling will save a lot of money, without affecting the final result.
An entrance hall is a visiting card of any home. It allows the person who has entered it to get the first impression of the dwelling and its inhabitants. An important role in this is played by the choice of the color scheme of the ceiling covering of the hallway. When choosing the color of the ceiling, one should proceed from the color of the furniture, walls and floor and the technology of the ceiling decoration itself.
White. The classic of the genre is the white ceiling. White is on friendly terms with everyone else, emphasizing and shading their dignity, without emphasizing its undoubted advantages. The associative array with white is freshness, purity, modernity, renewal. Rooms decorated in dark colors will become brighter and more expressive if the ceiling is white. The combination of a snow-white ceiling in the hallway with white walls will give the effect of visual spaciousness, but overshadow the association with a hospital ward.
Pros of white: any interiors and hallway layout will withstand a white ceiling, dust and other dirt are less noticeable on such a ceiling covering. The main advantage of white is its versatile ability to combine with any color in any design, which makes it possible to take it as a basis or as an additional color in the chosen palette. The property of white to expand and deepen the space will be a priority when choosing a color for the ceiling in a small hallway.
The black. The antagonist of white is black, it will not add space and volume to the room, if we are not talking about large spaces. The phrase "everything is ingenious is simple" is quite applicable to the characteristics of black, because it has the ability to combine with any interiors, adding sophistication and style to them. To avoid dullness, mourning, it is enough to pair him with white or other spectral colors. The disadvantage of a black ceiling in the hallway is the need for frequent cleaning, because dust is more noticeable on black.
Brown. Like white, sandy yellow and light brown shades visually enlarge the hallway, create coziness, promote tranquility and warmth.
Color. Brighter ceiling design options require taking into account the surrounding interior as a whole in order to harmoniously fit into it and not cause dissonance. So the sky-blue color not only visually increases the space, but also has a beneficial effect on the psyche and the general condition of guests and households. This tone is associated with coolness, comfort and tranquility. In the conditions of the hallway, bottle green will be familiar and pleasing to the eye, creating, along with turquoise, an oasis of coolness at home in the summer heat outside the window. The shade is considered docile, friendly with classic wooden furniture, with white, yellow and silver tones of the interior. The green ceiling in the hallway is a guarantee that it will be pleasantly bright and cozy.
In conditions of a lack of natural light in the hallway, sunny yellow and orange tones will not allow sadness and despondency, they will support in the cold season, when the daylight hours are short. Orange will provide a good mood, energize, create a feeling of pleasant, soft warmth.
Light sources in the ceiling space should not only fulfill their direct function, but also correspond to the style of the room.
- Spot lamps are directional light fixtures. They help to accentuate the desired object in the interior. There are both wall and ceiling. Ceiling spots are easy to use: they give ordinary static light, allow you to choose the direction of lighting and the degree of its brightness. Indispensable in rooms with low ceilings - they do not reduce the ceiling space.
- With LED backlight. The good thing about LED strips is that they can be mounted both on walls and on the ceiling. They are used more as additional lighting - for a decorative effect. If the light source is located around the perimeter of the room, it gives lightness and a floating effect to stretch ceilings.
- With bulbs. Chandeliers with fluorescent lamps are still relevant today in lighting the ceiling space of the hallway. It is worth choosing bulbs, the power of which is appropriate for non-residential corridors.
- Shelf. An unusual modern solution - lamps built into the ceiling niche or top shelf of furniture. They significantly save space and look organically in the interior.
It is worthwhile to think over the design of the ceiling in advance so that it is harmoniously combined with the general stylistic solution of the hallway and neighboring rooms.
- Soaring. Stretch soaring ceiling - the last squeak of decorating the ceiling space. Thanks to the illumination on the entire perimeter of the room, the glossy finish seems to be floating in the air.
- Curly ceilings give more room for imagination than flat surfaces, allow you to clearly convey the idea of the designer. Styrofoam or drywall is often used as finishing materials. Curly stretch ceilings, which are stretched over the frame, are considered more exclusive.
- Matt the ceiling is compatible with any interior. Such surfaces are good for use in multi-level structures in tandem with spotlights.
- Glossy the option is used to make a small space visually higher. Glossy PVC canvases are used more often.
- With beams. This is an interesting and original solution for modern apartments. Such a ceiling covering is relevant for many styles: rustic, country, Provence, English and even loft style. Beams can be whitewashed to match the ceiling, have the appearance of natural wood or be metal supporting structures.
Which design should you choose?
What design of the ceiling is best for your apartment, only the owner decides, based on his preferences and space layout. Hallways of different heights, areas and functional tasks require their own design concept.
For a long corridor. This hallway layout is most common in our apartments. Ceiling decoration should solve the following tasks: visually expand the space and shorten the room. It is better to choose options where the color of the ceiling will look lighter than the shade of the walls. A snow-white surface is considered optimal. Glossy light materials will create volume, and transverse lines will expand the corridor. Complex multi-level plasterboard structures on the ceiling and LED lighting will help smooth the situation.
For a square hallway. Ideal parameters for any room where you can afford a flight of design thought and imagination. The square at the base of the corridor provides an opportunity to use any options for finishes and colors. To visually complicate the space, add geometry to it and create dynamics in the interior, you can use multi-level plasterboard structures and complex lighting
How to decorate?
To the question of how to decorate the ceiling of the corridor, it is impossible to give an unambiguously correct answer. It will always be subjective, depending on the size of the hallway itself, the material capabilities of the owner and the general style of the room. Economy finishing options include painting, wallpapering, PVC decor plates. They do not require special skills and, with the right choice of color and texture, they can fit into different styles. For connoisseurs of the eco style, natural wood will be appropriate. For lovers of a neutral smooth surface that does not require special maintenance, a stretch ceiling is suitable.
The elite and most expensive options include stained glass ceilings with built-in lighting, multi-level structures in a combination of different materials. They will emphasize the individuality and status of the apartment owner.
Interesting solutions and beautiful ideas for the interior of the hallway
The layout of apartments in different houses affects the final design of the ceilings in its own way.
For "Khrushchev". Hallways in "Khrushchev" have their own specifics. First of all, they have a very low ceiling, which barely reaches 2.5 meters. And the area itself is modest in size. A stretch ceiling made of glossy PVC film of light color can add airiness and space. A large number of built-in lamps will fill the corridor with light and visually raise the ceiling.
For "brezhnevka". The peculiarity of the apartment is a long and narrow corridor. An interesting solution for the ceiling can be finishing with wooden or mirror slats, the transverse stripes will give the effect of a wide and short room. No less successful will be a cassette ceiling, with or without mirrors. A long hallway with plasterboard cross beams on the ceiling will look original. This technique will divide the room into parts and smooth out the imbalance.
In a modern apartment. Nowadays, apartments are distinguished by a good layout and wide full-fledged hallways. In such corridors, different design techniques and methods are permissible. If imagination and material means allow, you can use a combination of several types of materials, multi-level structures. For example, a mix of plasterboard and stained glass ceiling.
For even more design options for ceilings in the corridor, see the next video.