The Corridor Cure: Part 3 – How to Visually Increase the Width of a Corridor
How to visually increase the width of a corridor:
Widen the Floor Area Match the colour of the skirting with the flooring. Visually this adds the height of the skirting on each side of the corridor to the width.
Make the Width Seem Wider Make the end wall of the corridor appear darker and the side walls appear lighter by painting the end wall (unless opting to install a bookcase here) a couple of shades darker than the side walls. This visually makes the end of the space appear closer and the side walls appear further apart.
Use Lighting to Draw the Eye Using wall lights on the side walls to draw the eye to them will also make the corridor seem wider as it helps to draw the eye to the width rather than to the height of the space. Either picture lights or wall lights could suit.
Create Interest to Attract the Eye to the Side Walls Hanging family photos on the side walls of the corridor will add interest and, because this is a walk-through space, people won’t get tired of looking at them and nor will they feel obliged to comment on them. Hang pictures at eye level (where the middle of the picture is at eye level for a person of average height) and in 3’s, 5’s, 7’s etc. because odd numbers usually look better than even numbers. If you are hanging pictures or paintings, choose ones with a vista (a view to the horizon line) which will help to open up the space.
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.