7 Hallways That Redefine Creativity
Most home-owners are primarily concerned about the appearance and decor of their rooms, pouring time and energy into beautifying kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and living rooms. But what about the entrances to these rooms? The narrow paths which lead us there: hallways?
Don't they deserve some care and attention? Of course they do. Hallways aren't just functional; they can be scenic, attractive, surprising, artful and clever. They don't always have to lead somewhere better: instead, they can be the focus of attention.
Here are seven homes which illustrate this point vividly.
1. Clever Camouflage
At first glance many of us might mistake this hallway as having a chalkboard mounted on the wall, but that is in fact a door.
Not just chic but cool, this simple piece of decor adds life and playfulness to this otherwise tame hallway. Plus, you can change the writing whenever it gets boring, or leave important (even comical) messages and sketches for your loved ones.
Funny and functional. How great is that?
2. Art At The End Of A Tunnel
Because hallways are narrow and draw our attention along a confined plane, the wall opposite them becomes the ideal place from which to hang art.
Here, the Eiffel Tower draws our eyes like a magnet. This clever use of perspective almost makes us believe we're walking towards the famous monument.
3. Functional Space
Sometimes you want to utilize every square foot of a room. Here, this hallway doubles as a wall-to-wall closet, freeing up valuable space for other things.
In addition to being a practical space-saving measure, the wooden exterior of this closeted hallway maintains the overall colour and texture scheme of the interior.
Aesthetics meets utility—the best of both worlds.
4. Without Walls
This apartment is almost all hallway and no walls. The absence of the former gives this rugged, industrial interior an open and welcoming feel, which helps offset the look of incompleteness it boasts.
By standing in the center, you can look down the entire length of the apartment without anything to obstruct your view. Just one of the charms of a hallway-abundant home.
5. Open Sesame
Now you see it; now you don't. This hallway is a visual trickster of the highest order, giving homeowners the option of combining two rooms into one, or making one into two.
The sliding wall not only creates a wider sense of space, permitting residents to breathe and move about freely, but when open the partition also acts as the narrowest of hallways, allowing swift passage from one room to the other.
An optional hallway, if you will....
6. Reflective Walls
More cosmetic than practical, this giant wall-mounted mirror casts a spell of wider space and fits right into the sleek, polished and elegant aesthetics of this room.
Walking down this hallway gives residents and their guests time to pause, adjust their clothes or make-up, and also provides them with a pleasant distraction instead of the usual painted wall.
7. Wider Perspectives
Like one of the previous examples, this apartment uses optional dividers which can open up the hallway or shut it off completely.
The differences are subtle but important: this apartment uses three dividers instead of one; the dividers are adjustable and can be angled in various ways depending on your tastes; and when all of them are open, they create three narrow hallways for passage.
Looked at from this perspective, these partitioned hallways also create a sense of great distance.
Yes, hallways are often overlooked in the world of interior design. But they don't have to be purely functional. Instead, they can be clever and creative as the examples above.