Design of a narrow hallway: 8 important rules and 110 photos for inspiration


It’s great when guests enter a spacious hall right from the doorstep. But this pleasure is not for typical apartments. In Khrushchev, Brezhnevka, and even some new buildings, the entrance area is often a small cramped pencil case. How to arrange a harmonious design of a narrow hallway in an apartment, we will tell in this article.

All about the design of a long hallway

Main problems
Design Tips
— light palette
— Box effect
— Minimalism
— Gloss and mirrors
— high openings
— Multiple zones
— Furniture by size
— Proper lighting
Project examples
— Laconic classic
— in shades of gray
— Blue walls and stucco


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  • There are no windows in the hallway in the apartment, which means that the small room also becomes very dark. Hence the first task: to provide enough light in the entrance area. This is important, because here residents and guests change clothes, look at themselves in the mirror, fix their makeup.
  • On several squares, you need to somehow place the necessary minimum: a storage system, a mirror, a place where you can take off and put on shoes, a hanger.
  • The small width of the entrance area limits the planning possibilities: a capacious closet will not fit, there will be nowhere for a chest of drawers to open, there may not even be enough space for a shelving unit. Refusing furniture is not an option at all — you need to look for compact alternatives.
  • In the end, a long tunnel just looks unaesthetic. I would like each zone in the apartment to look beautiful and harmonious, so you need to adjust the proportions of the long corridor, at least visually.

The design of a small narrow hallway in an apartment (photo below) should solve all these issues.

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    The corridor

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Interior design tips for a narrow hallway

Let’s figure out what tricks will help you design a stylish design of a narrow corridor in an apartment, as in the photo in the gallery.

Light palette

This is the easiest way to visually expand the space, add air to it.

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Since the entrance area gets dirty quickly, don’t make it crystal white. Choose non-staining shades: cream, beige, sand, gray. It is also not necessary to use only light colors. Place accents with separate objects or paint one wall in a darker color — you get an interesting contrast, and the interior will become more voluminous.

By the way, use the game with color to visually change the proportions of the narrow hall. For example, paint smaller walls with light paint, and long ones with dark paint. This technique is based on the basic properties of colors: everything light seems larger than it is; everything dark is smaller.

box effect

If you want something more spectacular, you can go the other way.


For example, do not try to change the proportions or hide the real volumes of the room, but simply divert attention from them.

This design hack is suitable for apartments where there is a living room with large windows at the end of the hall. The essence of the reception is simple: the entrance area is decorated in dark colors without bright accents, and a person at the entrance sees natural light at the end of the corridor and instinctively moves there. Well, if the living room is not separated by a door at all, or the canvas will be with glass inserts.


In this case, it doesn’t matter what style the entrance area is decorated in, whether it’s Scandi or classic.

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The main thing is not to overload a small room and not to clutter up an already narrow passage. For this:

  • Use simple furniture and only the most necessary.
  • Limit yourself to 2-3 decorative elements. The smaller they are, the better.
  • Choose simple finishes without large contrasting prints.

It’s okay if at the planning stage the entrance area seems empty — in real life, the hallway will be filled with clothes, shoes, umbrellas, etc.

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Gloss and mirrors

In addition to light colors, glossy and mirror surfaces visually increase the area.

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Use them in the entrance area, but do not overdo it: if the floor, the ceiling, and the cabinet body shimmer, and all this will be reflected in each other, the interior will look clumsy, and the colors will glare.

Keep a balance: let the glossy floor set off the matte plaster on the walls, or vice versa. There can be several mirrors (for example, full-length and on a wardrobe), but they should not be strictly opposite each other, otherwise the labyrinth effect will not be the most pleasant. If there is not enough light in the hallway, install a mirror at the end — this way it will reflect part of the living room with a window.

High openings

Narrow spaces seem disproportionate when the unequal aspect ratio and the wrong scale catch the eye.

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This is easy to correct with the help of high doors — openings to the ceiling are just in trend now. You can add scale to them by decorating the wall around with moldings to match the finish — they will duplicate the contours of the opening, the canvas will seem larger than it is.

In order not to crush the space, take note of another trend of recent years — flush-mounted doors, which are painted in the color of the finish. It is not necessary to completely mask them — let the borders be visible, but unobtrusively.

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If the entrance group is not quite tiny, zone it, like any rectangular room.

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This is not only functional in terms of layout, but will also help the eye find focal points and move between them, rather than wandering along the long monotonous surface of the walls.

With the help of different finishes, several colors, lighting and furniture, you can generally create the feeling that we have not one elongated space in front of us, but several separate ones — just without doors.

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Furniture by size

For small elongated rooms, you will have to look for non-standard options.

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Or make furniture to order — it will be more expensive, but often there are simply no other options. For example, if you need to design a narrow hallway with a wardrobe, the standard model will most likely not fit in depth.

A good option for limited footage is floor-to-ceiling built-in systems. They compensate for the small depth of the cabinets and use the entire area of ​​​​the walls. Most often, vertical surfaces are empty or hung with paintings, although they can be used much more rationally.

Proper lighting

In a long hallway, it is important to provide several light sources so that there are no dark corners and sad shadows.

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  • Several plafonds located at an equal distance. They can be exactly the same or from the same collection to maintain visual unity.
  • Track lights along the entire length of the hall.
  • Hidden lighting, which is mounted in a false ceiling, will visually lift it.
  • Several local sources. Light up a mirror, paintings or shelves in a niche.

Project examples

Finally — examples of well-designed interiors, from which you can take interesting ideas.

Minimalism and classic

This project is an example of how there can be nothing superfluous in design, and this is the best. The long elongated entrance hall is made in a light classical style, but at the same time it is not overloaded with decor and bulky architectural elements. Due to the light palette, the space seems airy and spacious, and a large floor-to-ceiling built-in wardrobe along the entire wall does not press.

On the sides of the front door, the designers placed a large full-length mirror, a bench with a drawer and a light hanging console. As a result, there was enough storage space in the entrance area, and the passage does not seem like a gloomy tunnel thanks to light walls and good lighting.

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In shades of gray

In a narrow entrance area, it is not always possible to find a place for a closet — this is just such a case. If the footage is too small, it is better to move the main storage system to another room: bedroom, dressing room, living room. But the hallway cannot be left completely without furniture.

For example, here the designers left one wall empty, hanging only pictures, and along the second they placed compact systems: a hanger for outerwear in two rows, a bench with a place to store shoes, and a shallow console.

Blue walls and stucco

The combination of blue and white gives a stunning effect in any room: it refreshes, fills the space with air, makes it brighter. You don’t even notice the proportions of the hall — first the carpet of tiles on the floor attracts attention, then a large accent chandelier and, finally, a large mirror in a curly frame.

All the decor is located on one side, and a spacious wardrobe is built into the other. It is painted in the same tone as the walls, thanks to which it completely disguises itself as them.

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