The Corridor Cure: Part 4 – How to Visually Reduce the Height of a Corridor
How to visually reduce the height of a corridor
Fit a Picture Rail Fitting a picture rail to the walls of a corridor can create the optical illusion that the walls are shorter than they actually are. Paint the ceiling white including the area of wall above the picture rail. This not only helps to brighten the space but it also widens the width of it because the ceiling looks as though it is the width of the ceiling plus each wall area added to it. Obviously this works best when the walls below the picture rail are another colour.
Avoid the Tunnel Effect Fit wall lights rather than ceiling pendants which only serve to draw the eye upwards making the space seem taller. Avoid a patterned floor with stripes running lengthways down the corridor or a pattern that creates this effect or the corridor will look longer and narrower. Never hang a mirror at the end of the corridor or it will make the corridor appear twice as long, twice as tall and twice as narrow. Don’t paint the side walls a dark colour or wallpaper them – keep the focus on widening and shortening the space.
Very Tall Corridors If the corridor is especially tall, paint the ceiling and the area above the picture rail in a darker shade than the walls to reduce its’ height. Hang wide pictures rather than tall ones on the side walls.
Stripes Never use vertically striped wallpaper on the walls as this will only visually increase the height of them.
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.