The Corridor Cure: Part 2 – How to Visually Shorten the Length of a Corridor
How to visually shorten the length of a corridor:
Change the Flooring at a Junction Consider changing the flooring to another type where a junction occurs such as an L-shape hall and corridor. This will help to clearly define the two areas, allowing each area to be treated separately whilst shortening the length of the corridor by the size of the hallway.
Introduce an Archway with Pilasters & Corbels Where the hall meets the corridor, introduce a moulded feature such as an archway to visually divide the hall from the corridor. This can then be dressed up with mock pilasters slightly inset from the end of the corridor to seem like they are supporting corbels which in turn appears as though they are ‘holding up’ each end of the arch.
Install a Built-In Bookcase Install a built-in bookcase at the end of the corridor facing you to give the illusion of a full stop and to simultaneously create the illusion of a wider space, add acoustic insulation, provide storage and display, offer the opportunity to create interest through colour, texture and pattern, and of course to inject some personality and give the space a homely feel.
Introduce Rugs By laying at least two or three small attractively patterned rugs on the floor, you will break up the length of the corridor in an instant, plus provide acoustic absorption, colour, texture, pattern and comfort at the same time.
Now there is no denying that all of the above is well worth the effort for the massive payback in visual illusion, insulation, comfort and interest!
Read the next article in the series of my latest blog on The Corridor Cure and learn how to redress the imbalance of proportion, introduce style and add ambience.