For various reasons, open-plan living has become the norm rather than the exception. Loft living is for instance very popular choice for single up and coming young people. But an open-plan has both pros and cons. Spaces will appear larger and will allow more flexibility when arranging your furniture. But some do not appreciate cooking smells drifting through living spaces, in many cases an open-plan decreases storage space and most find decorating an large open plan area, whilst integrating different areas together successfully, daunting.
In both large and small open-plan spaces the need many arise to add some structure to a space. A room divider is a clever way of zoning off different areas. If done correctly it can even add additional storage without blocking light or sacrificing an open-plan feel, as a solid wall would have done. It is an excellent way of creating a more functional space, producing privacy and adding to the character and style of you home. And with a little bit of imagination, the sky is the limit.
To make sure that your room divider is a success, there are a few things to take into account. Once you have determined how much you are prepared to spend, start by considering the distinctive functions of each space when planning where to position the divider. Secondly, and very importantly, consider the style of your home and whether the divider will compliment your style. Whether you want it to be a focal point or just fade away and become part of the backdrop of your décor. Should it be above all functional, just decorative or both? Should it be temporary (e.g. can be moved around) or permanent? Another consideration would be whether the divider should provide privacy or not.
In a small open-plan area, where storage is limited, consider a solution that can also host shelves, cupboards or drawers. To create temporary privacy in a small space, think about light fabric that blends into the background and what can be opened and closed as an when necessary.
Using a non-permanent divider allows the flexibility to change the space’s layout with relative ease. Something as simple as a tall bookcase can be a room divider. Choose a bookcase with an open back and fill it with interesting items. A folding screen is also a great way to create temporary privacy. They are available in a variety of styles that will suite any existing decor. As do-it-yourself projects are becoming more popular, why not try and make or modify one yourself?
If a solid divider is used to create privacy but in the process the room is made to appear smaller, hang mirrors on the divider to introduce the illusion of space. Frosted glass is also a great way of making an area private without sacrificing on light.
A bathroom can be a challenging room to divide. A frosted glass divider can be the perfect solution in a bathroom to make a toilet a bit more private.
If your divider should merely be to zone off an area, try and make is as unobtrusive as possible, while of course, making sure that it is beautiful.
As seen from the images attached to this article, a room divider does not only maximize space or solve a problem; it can be a works of art in its own right. Hope I have given you some ideas to work with.
Until next week, happy decorating.
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