Hallway combined with living room: design examples
The combination of the living room and the hallway is done to increase the usable area of the apartment. Modern design solutions allow us to solve this problem not only from a functional point of view, but also from an aesthetic one. A typical entrance hall is a cramped, elongated room, in which several people can hardly accommodate. In combined options, guests are given the opportunity not to crowd at the entrance, but to disperse around the room and calmly pack up before leaving or undress / undress after a visit. The entrance hall is usually considered an intermediate area between the street and the house. Here dirt accumulates and can be pulled here by the cold from the front door. The entrance hall combined with the living room becomes a rather risky option, because both rooms have different functional purposes. The main task of the designer is not only to smooth out these differences, but also to choose a universal interior design that will combine them into a kind of hall.
Pros and cons
The obvious advantages of such a combination include the following features:
- Useful area increase. If earlier design ideas could not be solved within the framework of one room, now there are options for their implementation on an increased quadrature.
- The ability to install large furniture. Demolition of the partition allows you to install one cabinet (usually built-in) or a dressing room in two rooms. Thus, the task of storing things in two rooms at once, which usually require the installation of such furniture separately, will be solved.
- In the dark and “blind” corridor, natural light will appear from the living room window. The room certainly will not bathe in the sun, but its illumination will improve significantly. This will not only create a cozy atmosphere, but will also save on electricity costs.
It has a similar option and a number of minuses, all of them are related to the proximity of the entrance hall with an entrance:
- Possible noise from neighbors who arrange riots or quarrels on the landing. The problem of “alien” people in the entrances is now solved with the help of intercoms and concierges, but there are still houses where the residents themselves arrange gatherings or noisy showdowns outside their personal apartment.
- Cold, which can "pull" from the door. If earlier the lowered temperature in the winter was delayed in the hallway, now the cool air from the entrance will freely flow into the room for receiving guests.
- A smoking room on a stairwell, from which smoke and the smell of nicotine spread.
- Street dirt that will stretch into the living room. This problem is partially solved by placing a rug in the corridor. Pets and guests need to be trained to constantly wipe their feet.
Most of the shortcomings are eliminated by installing a quality front door. In private homes of the minuses there is only street dirt.
Combining two rooms is only half the battle. To create psychological comfort and facilitate the perception of a two-in-one indoor kit, it is necessary to conduct competent zoning of the space. Its main goal: not to delimit the two rooms, but to smooth out the difference between them, to ensure a smooth transition from one room to another in such a way that they together become a single composition, and separately retain their own characteristics. There are several ways to accomplish this task:
- Color separation. The design of both rooms in this case is made out according to a single concept, but has obvious differences in the palette of shades. Reception is referred to as “soft”, which are easily perceived visually.
- The relief of the ceiling and floor. They create frame ledges in the border zone, such “steps” are referred to as obvious zoning.
- By a similar principle, additional elements are created on the walls, most often arches.
- Light composition. Refers to a "ghostly" zoning system. It looks more impressive in combination with other methods.
- Furniture and decor. Zoning with cabinets, sofas and shelves is recommended to be carried out in rooms of identical size. In a situation with an entrance hall and a drawing room it is better to resort to use of a decor. It can be two symmetrical figurines, flower pots or soft ottomans, which are located on both sides of the conditional line.
In some cases, use mobile partitions or curtains. By the way, these elements are able to further protect the living room from the intervention of the "street".
“For joys” from the realization of a long-held dream, many owners begin to actively force the room with furniture elements, thereby negating the effect of the combined option. The rational arrangement of the interior decoration of the room can further increase the space. A well-designed design will eliminate possible inconvenience: furniture that is not placed in its place will not only interfere with the passage, but will also force you to make a number of unnecessary gestures. The interior of the hallway-living room is developed even before connecting both rooms. Designers recommend a double blow to the main problem, which forced owners to combine (lack of space). Including from the placement of furniture. Replace the dresser or cabinet in the hallway with a narrow and compact storage system. Here, leave only the open hanger, which does not “clutter up” the space. You can store the required minimum on it. The rest of the things that are not necessary in this season are transferred to the built-in wardrobe. It will become the main storage system for two rooms at once. As a rule, the decoration of the hall is made out in the best traditions of the living room: a sofa, a coffee table, a pair of armchairs, a place for a TV, a bookcase with books.
In this case, the combined version is used “in the interests” of the hall, and the living room “goes” towards her. For this reason, in the second room, the atmosphere remains standard with small additions that will help to “unload” the narrow corridor.
It is not necessary to arrange both rooms in the same color. This will create the effect of "canvas", which will narrow the space and make the room dull and dull. Use the same principle of combining tones. For this purpose, take one primary color, which prevails, and its two shades. As an additional revitalization, a fourth contrasting accent is used. Bright details are dispersed throughout the room in small quantities, but in no case do they form a transition zone. Such a mistake will once again emphasize the "artificiality" of the association, as if they stuck one room to another.
If you decide to combine the two rooms, then the decor should be given special attention. In this case, two functions are assigned to it at once:
- Interior decoration;
- Smooth and soft zoning.
A vertical collage of photographs on a wall will conditionally split two rooms. Tall vases in the area of the former doorway will unobtrusively show that a completely different room begins in this place.
A well-designed lighting system allows not only to create a warm comfort in the room, but also to emphasize the differences between its main areas. For these purposes, use complex combinations of light sources located at different levels. Ceiling chandeliers can be two or only one in the living room (the other is replaced by spotlights). The result should be a complex composition that delimits the zones from each other and emphasizes the dignity of decoration and interior.
The first thing that a person in an apartment unconsciously pays attention to is its floors. The expression “look under your feet” in this case implies not so much the presence of obstacles as a comfortable coating that causes a feeling of reliability (you can step here and not lose your balance). Playing on the contrast of colors and textures will further divide the functional areas. Such a distinction will not be striking, there will be an impact at the subconscious level. A person will notice the difference, but will not attach special importance to them, and the information will be deposited in the head. The habit of walking at home in shoes is found only in the heroes of soap operas; in harsh reality, trails of dirt stretch from the street, which will have to be removed from the hallway systematically. For this reason, it uses a durable and washable coating. It is allowed to use materials in the living room in which the decorative function comes first (cork, lacquered parquet).
Ceilings, like floors, play an important role in zoning and can perform a decorative function. Just a small change in its level will already serve as a point where your gaze “hooks”, and a person understands an unobtrusive hint: here a conditional boundary passes. The advantage of ceiling zoning is that it is easy to spot both from the living room and from the doorway. Also for decoration use materials that have a special texture, decorative ceiling beams, suspended and suspended structures. Using any of these options, you can not only stylishly decorate the room, but also gently show which part of it relates to the entrance hall and which part belongs to the guest room.
In this case, they do not mean monumental walls, but light constructions. They may include decorative “barriers” made of glass, plastic or carved wood, as well as mobile options. If necessary, the partitions are folded and cleaned in a special place for storage. In the rest of the time, they play the role of a border “pillar”, which does not litter space, but, on the contrary, adds airiness to it. Most often, partitions mean folding screens, on the textile surface of which thematic drawings are depicted.
Corners, supports, walkways
Those who decided to combine the hallway with the hall do not have to destroy all the elements that previously served as part of the dismantled wall. You can even leave some area of it, and adapt this natural ledge under the countertop, support for the stand or shelf. A similar situation develops with corners and passages. Owners can emphasize the features of the layout by artificially pushing a corner that “looks” towards the living room.
With the help of a light, through shelving with open shelves, you can arrange the obvious separation of the two rooms. By installing this furniture near the wall or perpendicular to it, the owners will receive a new platform for storing small things and an original interior partition. To emphasize its “airiness”, the colors of the cabinet are chosen from light shades.
The front door must have good heat and sound insulation. In addition, the element will “loom” before your eyes constantly, because the walls that used to separate it from the recreation area are no more. For this reason, avoid using excessively bright colors in the design, as this quickly bores. Also, do not make the door as neutral and inconspicuous as possible; you can’t merge it with the wall decoration. Designers advise finding a middle ground in a color that will not irritate and at the same time emphasize the presence of an exit from the room.
Hall-living room in the apartment
The idea to combine the premises first came to the heads of apartment owners. It is these people who are forced to huddle in boxes that cannot be expanded. And since it is impossible to increase it, it means that it is necessary to demolish the generally accepted framework of the layout, and with them also the walls. In apartments, options for merging kitchens and living rooms with dining rooms, workrooms with libraries, hallways with halls are popular. Thus, an imitation of today's fashionable studios turns out, where everything is in one bottle. The combination of the entrance hall and the living room in the apartment is rather a necessity than the whim of its owners. This is a real way to transform the familiar interior beyond recognition and place everything that you wanted before, but it didn’t work out.
Entrance hall-living room in a private house
In private homes, the combining process is usually thought out at the design stage. This is a pre-balanced decision, which is more of a design character, a desire to stand out among the typical layouts in other private homes than a necessity.
Staircase in the living room
The staircase in this room is more common in private buildings and less often - in luxurious two-story apartments of apartment buildings. This interior element is played out in such a way that from a functional platform for moving from one floor to another, turn into a stylish element of the situation, its conditional center, from which they "dance" when creating a common composition. In the combined rooms, the staircase will fulfill the role of the main “candle on the cake”, drawing attention from the transition zone to itself. Or, with a good location, it itself will become a natural delimiter of two rooms.
The entrance hall is conditionally the “face” of the house, the very first room by the appearance of which guests can already judge the tidiness and taste preferences of the owners. The expansion of its space allows you to breathe "full breast" in a once cramped room, which is usually deprived of the attention of the owners. A neat appearance and competently conducted combination will allow judging the owners as extraordinary personalities who are not afraid of risky experiments.