The entrance hall is the most active area of any apartment, so the choice of flooring is best suited very carefully. The floor in the hallway is exposed to many negative factors: moisture, pollution, mechanical damage, chemicals.
How to choose the floor for the hallway?
The modern market offers a wide variety of flooring options. The material must meet the basic requirements:
- High wear resistance.
- Moisture resistance.
- Impact resistance.
- Resistance to pollution.
- Environmental friendliness.
In the last decade, there was a mass of flooring solutions. It is better to choose a material that is durable and wear-resistant, but at the same time it is beautiful and fits well with the interior.
Types of linoleum
Linoleum is known as the most popular floor covering for the corridor and the hallway. Finishing with natural linoleum (marmoleum) will provide practicality and high floor strength, but the cost will be high. Options for the color category of the coating a little, so it's best to use PVC linoleum, which can be found in all hardware stores. For public places with high traffic, semi-commercial and commercial linoleum is used; such coverage will last 10-25 years, respectively.
Household linoleum is soft, has a pattern only on the outside of the roll. If the coating is abraded, the design may disappear, which will not happen with commercial linoleum, and if you accidentally press the coating, dents may remain forever. For the hallway, experts advise choosing a commercial version of the material. Commercial linoleum has an additional polyurethane finish, which guarantees strength and durability.
If the usual types of linoleum are sold in rolls, then tiled 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 tiled linoleum can be glossy, matte, embossed, imitating natural materials. The square, rectangular, polygonal design of tiles allows to enter a covering into any interior.
Ceramic tiles, porcelain and natural stone
Tiled ceramic and porcelain tiles are often used to finish the floor in the hallway. Porcelain tile is resistant to low temperatures, moisture and chemical agents. Porcelain tile is the same ceramic tile, but processed according to advanced technology. The covering will perfectly fit into any interior, it is possible to pick up necessary color and design without effort.
It makes no sense to lay porcelain in the living room. The prices for porcelain stoneware are higher than for ordinary ceramic coatings, and the room’s traffic is low. It is better to put ceramic tiles in the hallway.
Natural stone is durable and exclusive material. A stone cover can last forever, but its cost is high, so 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 floor of stone tiles 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 tiles that mimic natural wood or stone. The most practical will be a tile of 3-4 classes 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 a warm floor under it. Tiled floor is quite fragile, the fall of a heavy object can cause cracks and chips. Experts recommend for a hall to choose a relief tile, it is better with a special anti-slip coating.
Multi-layer coating, which is based on a dense fiberboard plate. The coating is wear-resistant, the degree of resistance varies in 6 classes. Home is better to choose laminate 21-23 class. In the hallway the laminate of wood color and texture looks favorably and nobly, which perfectly complements any interior. The most popular solutions are cherry, dark oak or pine.
The only drawback of the laminate - a way of laying it. The coating has unprotected joints, which moisture can penetrate, so you have to use special water-repellent grout. In addition, the laminate is not subject to restoration and eventually requires a change to a new one.
Ideas for laminate flooring should be searched in advance, because the store is difficult to navigate among the variety of colors and textures.
Very popular material in Europe. The 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, imitation wood or dark stone is popular. The advantages of such a coating mass:
- Does not wear out over time.
- Easy to care.
- Easy to install.
- Not afraid of high and low temperatures, direct sunlight.
- The material is eco-friendly and has antibacterial properties.
Feature of the coating is the need to prepare 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.
Cork floor makes the room warm and cozy. The material is warmer and more environmentally friendly than other popular coatings. Cork flooring is made of a certain wood and has a porous structure. Cork perfectly absorbs odors, the finish does not allow noise and retains heat. The floor is resistant to deformations and dents. Less dust and dirt settle on the cork floor. The color of the cork can be chosen both lighter and darker, depending on the furniture. To transform the look of a small hallway is better with the help of a cork of beige shades.
Cork flooring may look in unexpected ways, depending on the degree of illumination of the room, texture and shape of the plates. It is interesting to look at the interior, where cork photopoly or cork photopark is used. On the coating can be applied absolutely any pattern, make the color and texture of wood, stone, sand.
Floor design ideas in a small hallway
You can diversify the design of the room by combining various coating options: tiles and dark parquet, linoleum and laminate. The combined floor allows you to dilute the interior with a variety of shapes and colors. What kind of floor design to choose a specific interior is better advised by a specialist. Coating options and color can be selected on specialized sites.
Hallway design 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 hallway, it will visually narrow the space. The dark floor is mainly used for Japanese-style rooms.
The design ideas of a small hallway are based on maintaining the unity of style. The color of the floor greatly affects the illumination of a small room, the appearance of minor pollution. The most successful color for the hallway is gray, sandy, light brown.
What is the floor in the hallway? All is limited to the flight of fancy and the search for a good idea.