One of the most functional spaces in our homes is our corridors. We may not think of them as being important, but they actually form a significant part of our interaction with our homes. Here are some interesting little facts about them, and if you're considering revamping yours, why you should get some professional advice, and what you should consider doing to turn them into something remarkable.
The pros and cons of corridors in your home
Corridor spaces are fantastic areas in the home for a number of reasons. Firstly, they serve as a way to move seamlessly from one room to another, and in much older homes they are often long and can have windows to allow lots of light into the home as well as movement of fresh air.
Corridors also can serve as a secondary room space if they are wide enough, with space for storage cupboards. This adds to their versatility and ability to be used in a great many ways.
Unfortunately, many new homes don’t utilize large corridor spaces, with modern homes trending toward being either open plan or minimalistic. This can lead to a few problems, such as difficulty when moving furniture in and out of a room, as well as limited space when 2 or more people are in the corridor at once. Older homes are much more accommodating where internal space is concerned in this regard. Apartments may have very minimal corridors, even in older buildings, and these may be taken down to make an area more open plan.
If you are considering revamping your corridor, look into the space which is available and decide what it is you can do with yours. If you want to simply put shelving space up in order to hold things like bedding and bathroom towels or other items with similar uses, this can be a huge space saver without taking up much needed headroom. If you live in an apartment you may want to talk to a professional before removing any wall space, as knowing where important pillars are is not often easy to do.
Creating atmosphere with a corridor
Corridors are usually characterized by long or short walls, and ceilings with a set height which often matches you bedrooms. There are a number of ways in which you can adjust certain aspects of the space to make it warmer and more inviting.
Picture frames and photographs are a good starting point. Choosing pictures and photos can serve as a great starting point towards a good, homely atmosphere. Color is also important. You may choose to go with white or cream if these are colours which are present in the rest of your house. If you’re a little more adventurous you can use warm reds or mustard yellows for warmth.
There is also the question of lighting, and this can be done in various ways. You can use natural daylight by adding a skylight to the ceiling, and if you don’t have windows in your corridor you can add some for a great view and also added daylight. For nighttime use look into the rest of your decor and choose something which fits the rest of the style of your home. Ensure that the switches are easily visible and can be accessed simply as well. As with all lighting, you should pick out what works best for the style of your home.
How to use corridor space more effectively
Corridor space can be very effectively used with cupboards or shelves as previously mentioned.
Cupboards can be used in wide corridors, making for large storage spaces that also look great, especially when made of dark woods. These add a touch of classic elegance to an unremarkable space, while also serving a highly practical purpose. Shelves are best used when you have limited space to work with, and what better spot to put these than in an otherwise unused area?
Corridors can also serve as energy savers, especially in winter time and particularly in colder states! If your corridor has wooden floors or carpeting, it can help to greatly increase the amount of warmth which gets trapped in the home during the frosty seasons. If not, you can use blinds or curtains on your windows to achieve a similar effect. Conversely, you can save on your bills by having windows to allow airflow to cool the home in summer. Allowing air to move from the corridor into adjacent rooms can lower the amount of cooling you need and add a wonderfully open ambience to your living space.
If you’re trying to more effectively use a corridor in a work space, things are a little different. Firstly, try to forgo using prefabricated walls and rather choose glass, as it is far superior in terms of sound insulation as well as filtering light into the space. It also allows you to see what’s happening on the other side of the room, so meetings and important conversations are less likely to be disturbed.
For a commercial space, you can splash color in corridors by adding interesting carpeting, hanging business accolades or pieces of art which apply to the business. If you truly want to add a touch of wackiness to your office, throw in some fake grass carpeting!
There is also the obvious fact that corridors connect one room to the next, and are best placed logically. While we don’t often have the luxury of designing a home or office from the ground up, when creating a brand new structure, it’s important to bear corridor placement in mind. Connect rooms of similar use or importance to one another. For example, a dining room close to the kitchen, or the CEO’s office close by the executive boardroom.
Re-doing your corridor - what you need to know
When revamping a corridor, there are more factors to consider than you might realize, so let’s start with a biggy. Many of these spaces secretly serve as structural supports, holding together the integrity of the building itself. So before you knock down a corridor wall to widen your living room, make sure you hire an expert to assess the layout of your home. As lovely as an open-plan kitchen may be, the last thing you want is your roof crashing down on you!
Next on the list, don’t forget that corridors are fundamentally a go-through space and are guaranteed to see a lot of traffic. This informs your decisions when you’re thinking about flooring in particular. A good example of this is carpeting. If you want to create a plush corridor fit for royalty, bear in mind that you’ll be doing plenty of vacuuming! Wooden floors, on the other hand, won’t need as much vacuuming, but will require regular sweeping. That persian rug will conceal dust as it falls to the bottom of the fabric, but a polished floor will show up dust bright as day and blacken the soles of anyone walking barefoot.
Lastly, consider the amount of space that you actually have to work with. While a wall-mounted shelving system can be an ingenious space saver, it boils down to what you’re storing there, and whether the corridor’s primary purpose (letting people get to and fro easily) will be compromised by the furniture that you’ve installed. A good example of this would be to steer clear of putting an office’s stationary cabinet in the middle of the main thoroughfare. Sure, everyone will have easy access to it, but the high demand is likely to create more pile-ups than anything.
Hopefully, if you’ve followed these few pointers, you not only have a newfound appreciation for how handy and how beautiful a simple corridor can be, but you’re able to best use these simple spaces to their maximum potential in your home or workplace.