The hallway performs several tasks: delimits the space, allows you to store outerwear and other things, "introduces" guests to the apartment.
But in the vast majority of cases, apartments in Cyprus do not have a separate space in front of the front door. Therefore, those who are used to the presence of an entrance hall have to independently come up with options for its creation and arrangement. Below you will find 7 ideas for marking the hallway in a Cyprus apartment: both visually and functionally.
1. Do I need an entrance hall in an apartment in Cyprus? Pros and cons:
In Cyprus, the hallway is not considered necessary at all. The layout of the apartments for the most part does not take into account the fact that the space in front of the entrance is somehow separated from the main premises. Even in business class residential complexes, sometimes the presence of an entrance hall is not provided!
A reasonable question arises: do I need an entrance hall in Cyprus?
From the point of view of logic, here are the main advantages of a separate hallway:
- A place to store outerwear. The climate in Cyprus is not "summer all year round". The winter season on the island is quite cool, which involves wearing warm jackets, shoes and even hats. It is more convenient to leave all outerwear at the entrance to the apartment, that is, in the hallway.
- Hygiene. In Cyprus, the practice of combining a living room with a kitchen is common, and the living room simultaneously serves as an entrance hall... and it seems unhygienic: the neighborhood of things that have been on the street and kitchen utensils is not the best solution.
- Zoning. In many countries, including Cyprus, there are two living rooms in large houses: one for "visitors" (living room), the other for gathering family and very close friends (family room). Apartments basically do not have such a separation, so residents want to somehow separate the space "for their own" from the space "for strangers".
There are fewer objective disadvantages of a separate hallway, but they are also quite significant:
- Takes up space. Any separate hallway both visually and actually "eats up" some space. And if this is not critical for large apartments, then for small studios it becomes a real problem.
- Violates the integrity of the interior. Some styles assume one large and common space in which there is no place for partitions and certain things. So sometimes you have to give up the hallway in the usual sense of the word.
Of course, the owners of the apartment have the last word. It is very important for someone to divide all the zones of the dwelling according to their functional affiliation, and someone is ready to reconsider their habits and live in Cyprus. In our article there are options for both.
2. What is usually in the hallway
It doesn't matter if you decide to fence off the hallway or do light zoning — some items will definitely be near the front door. This:
- shelves/hooks/wardrobe for storing clothes and bags;
- shoe box (closed or open);
- a surface or hooks for "freeing hands", that is, in order to put/hang various small things — letters, keys, etc.
Even if the hallway is not separated at all, you will find these things in any house. Optionally, the following items can be added to them:
- pouf or a couch;
- a locker for storing the necessary little things — sprays, brushes and "spoons" for shoes, a roller for cleaning clothes, something else;
- a place for hats;
- area for wet things (shoes, umbrellas, etc.);
- a corner for pet items – leash, harness, paw washing containers, etc.;
- a mirror and a shelf for combs, cosmetics and other things.
Let's open a secret: even in a very small hallway, you can place a lot of useful furniture and things. And how to do it - see below and in detail.
3. Ideas for a hallway in an apartment in Cyprus
So, even on 3 m2 it is possible to equip a quite decent and functional hallway. All the ideas listed below are suitable for both a small studio and a very spacious apartment.
Idea 1: make a small niche
If you can make a recess in any of the walls, consider that you already have a full-fledged hallway. A depth of 20-30 cm will be enough, since in the niche you can place shelves for shoes, and a place for hanging outerwear, and a surface or a drawer for small things.
To use this idea to the maximum, make a niche in the full height of the wall. The upper part, where it is difficult to reach, can be taken away for storage of winter / summer things (depending on the season).
Advantages — it takes up really little space. If you do not have the opportunity to "modify" the walls, the niche can simply be "attached" to them. Technically, this will take up some part of the space, but visually it will be almost imperceptible.
Idea 2: pantry-dressing room
If there is none in your apartment, you can assemble it yourself — for example, from ordinary drywall. The disadvantage is that the pantry will take a certain amount of space (at least one square meter), but there will be a significant plus — this is where the arrangement of the hallway will end. Because absolutely everything will enter the dressing room, and moreover its contents will be hidden from the eyes.
It is reasonable to place a lot of shelves of different sizes inside the pantry. This will allow you to store clothes, shoes, and a number of other small things.
This option is well suited for those apartments where the very concept of the hallway does not fit into the overall style, as well as for families who find it difficult to maintain a constant order (for example, where there are small children).
Idea 3: a cabinet or a rack as a partition
The minus is the same as the previous idea — it will take up a certain amount of space. But the furniture will perform two functions at once:
- visually delimit the zones of the hallway and living room;
- it will give a lot of storage space for clothes, shoes and small things.
Another significant plus is that this idea does not require any construction work. You just buy/order a cabinet or shelving and install it in the right place. By the way, if it's not a wardrobe, then it can be moved! Which is an undoubted advantage for those who like permutations.
Please note: the rack, due to its "translucency", looks lighter and takes up less space. Therefore, this option is suitable for small apartments and apartments with low lighting.
The advantage of the closet is that it hides all things from the eyes. But it will "eat up" too much space in a small apartment, so it is often abandoned in favor of shelving.
Idea 4: Visual separation
Visually separating the hallway from the living area is sometimes very important — it creates additional comfort. If you don't want to use the previous ideas, focus on the decorative partition:
- arch or any other shaped opening (can be made of the same drywall);
- artificial columns or supports look very good in rooms with high ceilings;
- the partition with gaps is made of wood, with imitation weaving, transparent, openwork forged and so on.
This option is good for apartments of all sizes and layouts. The only thing it requires is free space on both sides of the partition, otherwise its meaning is to some extent lost.
Idea 5: expanding the space with mirrors and light
In general, a mirror near the front door (or even on it) is very convenient, especially if it is full—length. But, in addition to its direct function, mirrors add space, which is especially important for small rooms.
Mirrors can be hung separately or made part of the cabinet door. Of course, the latter has not been new for a long time and in some sense has filled the teeth, but you can approach the matter creatively, and the mirrored door will look quite stylish.
Another option for visual expansion of space is light. Good lighting always visually increases the area of the room. Moreover, in the hallway, unlike other (residential) premises, you can use cold light.
Tip: give up chandeliers, sconces and floor lamps in the hallway — they take up space. It is better to "conjure" a little and embed hidden spotlights in walls, ceiling or furniture.
Idea 6: folding elements
Transformer furniture is always an ideal solution for small rooms. It saves space, so it is often used in studio apartments. The hallway is no exception. In just two square meters, you can equip a full-fledged hallway.
So, which elements can be made extendable/folding:
- shoe storage box;
- an ottoman or a bench for sitting;
- pallet for drying things (shoes, umbrellas);
- a shelf for additional things — it can be extended or unfolded when guests come, and the owners can store their minimum in the "stationary" departments of the cabinet;
- a flip mirror: on the one hand it is a mirror, and on the other — shelves for storing small things.
Of course, such furniture needs to be made to order, and it will cost more. But the whole design will be ideally suited to your needs and requests.
Idea 7: zoning from the living room side
It is not necessary to separate the hallway from the living room. You can separate the living room from the hallway. It sounds incomprehensible: it would seem that the essence is the same? In fact, everything becomes clear when looking at the photo below.
The living room seems to "turn away" from the hallway area, although it is not fenced off in any special way. This can be implemented in many ways, here are some examples:
- place a sofa or chairs with their backs to the entrance, hanging chairs and sofas also look elegant;
- make a small elevation or vice versa, a recess in the living room floor;
- divide the decoration so that there are some walls and flooring in the hallway, and others in the living room;
- install a decor divider: a coffee table, floor vases or large branch pots with large flowers, an aquarium and so on.
You can also use additional zoning elements — the difference in lighting, colors, textures, and so on.
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