A separate conversation – the design of the living room in “Khrushchev”
Tightness, thin walls, inconvenient layout and low ceilings – these are the “charms” of such a home. But even it can be made cozy and beautiful.
The main problem with the design of the hall in Khrushchev is the lack of space. You can make a redevelopment by combining a living room with a kitchen, an entrance hall and a balcony. The result will be a studio apartment, and if it is equipped with sliding partitions, the comfort of the tenants will be provided. If for some reason this is not possible, it is worth resorting to the methods of visual space enlargement. These include the use of reflective surfaces in the decoration. Glass partitions, mirrored doors, glossy surfaces visually expand the space. A similar effect appears when using 3D wallpapers or photo wallpapers with perspective and play of light in the interior.
A small space should not be overloaded with interior items, so the style of the hall in “Khrushchev” should be restrained – Provence, minimalism, classic or country. Loft and hi-tech are also quite laconic. The strict rules and ethnic features of the Scandinavian and Japanese styles make them more and more popular in small “Khrushchevs”.
The best color scheme is a pastel palette that increases the space. On a clean sheet of light shades, you can create a bright and unique interior in any style.
Another technique for visually enlarging the hall is graphics. Horizontal lines create the illusion of greater width, while vertical lines raise the ceiling. The stripes on the floor also create the illusion of more space than it actually is.
Correct lighting of the living room in “Khrushchev” includes a ceiling chandelier, spotlights around the perimeter and lighting of interior details with LEDs.
In “Khrushchev”, like nowhere else, it is important to reduce the amount of furniture to the required minimum. Mandatory elements are a TV and a sofa. Chairs and a coffee table should be discarded. It is recommended to mount the TV on a bracket on a long wall. In recent years, it has become fashionable to make a small fireplace in Khrushchev. The sofa is advised to choose a folding sofa. The modern market allows you to choose corner and classic models, equally suitable for use in confined spaces.
Finishing touches are some sofa cushions and window décor. Do not use blinds or roller blinds in a small room. Light and light textiles on the window add a sense of freedom.
Features of the hall renovation
Having decided on the design of the hall, you can start the actual renovation. Its main feature is the correct layout of the space. The list of work required includes:
- getting rid of old finishes on all surfaces;
- alignment of walls;
- decoration of walls, ceiling and floor.
First, old wallpaper and plaster are removed, the walls are plastered or sheathed with plasterboard and primed, protecting the room from mold and mildew, as well as preparing the walls for further decoration. The floors are cleaned, screed and covered. The hall usually uses laminate, parquet, carpet and linoleum. All of these types of coverage have their pros and cons. The choice depends on the taste and capabilities of the owner of the house.
The decor of the walls is started only after laying the floor covering. The finish can be different. A practical and economical option for renovating a hall in an apartment is painting. Decorative plaster – textured, silicate, latex or Venetian can give a zest to the design. Wall panels look good – sheet, rack and tile. They can be attached to any type of wall covering. Facing with artificial stone is in perfect harmony with the wallpaper. Wood cladding looks impressive. Wall decoration with leather tiles looks unusual. Combining wall and floor finishes can produce unexpected results. The contrast of the dark floor and light walls will visually enlarge the hall. Pastel coloring on the walls, floor and ceiling will add volume to the room.
The next stage in the renovation of the hall is the windows. They need to be large to let in a lot of light. Experts advise be sure to replace the glass unit of the hall during the renovation. In the decor of the living room windows, heavy and dense curtains are not used. Instead, they prefer light tulle and organza.
Nowadays, the combined decor of the ceilings in the hall is in vogue. Multilevel plasterboard structures are combined with stretch panels and built-in lighting. But this approach pays off in rooms with high ceilings. In small rooms, compositions from drywall, decorative plaster or wallpaper look good.
Having finished finishing the ceiling, we can assume that the repairs in the hall are over.
Features of the interior of the hall
After finishing the finishing work, it’s time to arrange the furniture. The choice of furniture depends on the functional load of the hall. Free space is in vogue now. A modular wall will not look good in a small living room, but in a large room it will be fully justified in combination with bookcases or storage systems. Indispensable components of the interior of the hall are a sofa, several armchairs and a coffee table. They are complemented by pieces of furniture from additional areas – a dining table in the dining area, a desk in the working area, etc.
With the help of furniture, you can correct space imperfections. In a square hall, furniture is grouped against two opposite walls. In an elongated room, the space is divided into two zones using a sofa or table. There are a lot of similar options, it all depends on imagination.
The renovation is completed, the furniture is arranged. Everything can be irreparably ruined by a lack of lighting. Spotlights in combination with a glossy ceiling will bring romance to the interior and add coziness. A large classic chandelier will create an atmosphere of solemnity and luxury. Floor lamps, wall sconces and table lamps will help to delimit the functional areas in the hall and emphasize the elegance of the interior.
However, whatever you want to do in your living room, the hall should have a “heart” – a clearly defined center. It is around this center that the entire composition should be built.
The whole family gathers in the hall. Evening gatherings, communication with parents and children, watching TV, discussing events and problems – all this happens here. The room should be cozy and comfortable for all family members. The hall welcomes guests and communicates with friends – the living room should be ceremonial and somewhat formal. In an apartment, the living room should be a comfortable study, dining room, and sometimes a nursery or bedroom. The hall should be equally comfortable for all these purposes. It is very difficult to design such a versatile room, but it is possible. And, if you have enough imagination, you can create a real masterpiece for your family.