The vestibule is the most active zone of any apartment, therefore it is better to choose the flooring very carefully. The floor in the hallway is exposed to a variety of negative factors: moisture, pollution, mechanical damage, chemicals.
How to choose a floor for the hallway?
The modern market offers a wide variety of floor coverings. The material must meet the basic requirements:
- High resistance to wear.
- Moisture resistance.
- Shock resistance.
- Resistance to dirt.
- Ecological compatibility.
In recent decades, a lot of solutions for floor coverings have appeared. The material is better to choose strong and wear-resistant, but at the same time beautiful and well fitting into the interior.
Types of linoleum
Linoleum is known as the most popular coating for finishing the corridor floor and hallway. Finishing with natural linoleum (marmoleum) will provide practicality and high strength of the floor, but the cost will be high. Color options for this coating are few, so it is better to use PVC linoleum, which can be found in all construction stores. For public places with high traffic capacity, semi-commercial and commercial linoleum is used, it will last for 10-25 years, respectively.
The household linoleum is soft, has a pattern only on the outside of the roll. When the coating is abraded, the pattern may disappear, which will not happen with commercial linoleum, and with occasional pressure on the coating, dents may permanently remain. For the hallway, experts advise choosing a commercial version of the material. The commercial linoleum has an additional polyurethane finish, which guarantees durability and durability.
If the usual types of linoleum are sold in rolls, the tile ones consist of modules. The tile is covered with a protective layer of polyurethane. This coating provides durability, resistance to abrasion and fading. The surface of the tiled linoleum can be glossy, matte, embossed, imitating natural materials. Square, rectangular, polygonal tile design allows you to fit the coating in any interior.
Ceramic tiles, granite and natural stone
Ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles are often used for finishing the floor in the hallway. The porcelain stoneware is resistant to low temperatures, moisture and chemicals. Ceramic granite is the same ceramic tile, but processed by advanced technology. Coverage perfectly fits in any interior, you can easily find the right color and design.
There is no sense in laying ceramic granite in a dwelling. Prices for granite are higher than for conventional ceramic coatings, and the patency of the premises is low. It is better to put ceramic tiles in the hallway.
Natural stone is a strong and exclusive material. The stone cover can last for eternity, however, and its cost is high, so the stone is rarely used in apartments, stone cover is more often included in the design of country houses and large rooms. The color of the stone tile floor is limited to natural shades, mostly light or white tones.
Ceramic tiles at a cost much lower than natural stone. Moreover, now you can choose a tile, imitating natural wood or stone. The most practical will be tiles of grade 3-4 of wear resistance and class A or B resistance to chemical reagents.
The surface of such a coating is quite cold, so it is better to hold under it a warm floor. The tiled floor is fragile enough, the falling of a heavy object can provoke cracks and chips. Experts recommend for the hallway to choose a relief tile, preferably with a special anti-slip coating.
Multilayer coating, which is based on a dense fiberboard. The coating is wear-resistant, the degree of resistance varies in 6 classes. For the house it is better to choose a laminate of class 21-23. In the hallway, a laminate of color and texture of the wood is winning and noble, which perfectly complements any interior. The most popular solutions are cherry, dark oak or pine.
The only drawback of the laminate is the way it is laid. The coating has unprotected joints, which can penetrate moisture, so you have to use special water-repellent grouts. In addition, laminate is not subject to restoration and eventually requires a change to a new one.
Ideas for flooring from a laminate should be looked in advance, because in the store it's difficult to navigate among the variety of colors and textures.
Very popular material in Europe. Tile is created on the basis of quartz sand, it will come strength and resistance to abrasion. The color of the tile can be absolutely anything depending on the designer's idea, the imitation of wood or the dark stone is popular. Advantages of such a coating mass:
- Do not wear off with time.
- Easy to clean.
- Easy to install.
- Not afraid of high and low temperatures, direct sunlight.
- The material is eco-friendly and has antibacterial properties.
A feature of the coating is the need for preparation of the floor. Sometimes the material can increase the height of the floor by 8-12 mm, because of which you will need to install the door higher.
The cork floor makes the room warm and cozy. The material is warmer and environmentally friendly than other popular coatings. The cork floor is made of a certain wood and has a porous structure. The cork perfectly absorbs odors, the finish does not miss noise and keeps the heat. The floor is resistant to deformations and dents. On the cork floor, dust and dirt settle less. The color of the cork can be selected as more light or dark, depending on the furniture. To transform the appearance of a small hallway is better with the help of a cork of beige hues.
Cork flooring can look the most unexpected way, depending on the degree of illumination of the room, the texture and the shape of the slabs. The interior, where a cork photopolar or a cork photo package is used, is interesting. On the coating, you can apply absolutely any pattern, make a color and texture of wood, stone, sand.
Ideas for floor design in a small hallway
You can diversify the design of the premises by combining different types of coatings: tile and dark parquet, linoleum and laminate. Combined floor allows you to dilute the interior with a variety of shapes and colors. What kind of floor design to choose for a particular interior is better advised by a specialist. Variants of coatings and color can be selected on specialized sites.
The design of the hallway is based on the increase in space. Finishing a small hallway should help visually expand the room. This can be achieved using light, white materials. If you choose a dark color for the design of the hallway, it visually narrows the space. The dark floor is mainly used for Japanese-style rooms.
The idea of decorating a small hallway is based on maintaining the unity of style. The color of the floor strongly affects the illumination of a small room, the visibility of minor contaminants. The most successful color for the hallway is gray, sand, light brown.
What kind of floor in the hallway? It is limited by all flight of imagination and search of a successful idea.