If there is something we learned for sure from this pandemic, is that our house needs to be a lot more than a place to sleep in. Today we need it to be the place to carry out activities that were previously done outside. Our home is often our office but also the gym and the place to held some little events (even if digital ones).
In order for an environment to be ready to welcome different activities, it must be partitioned and equipped the right way.
One of the trends I spotted at the most recent September design fairs is partitioning elements that don’t ask for building walls. A room divider helps you maximize the space and have more privacy. If you have an open floor plan like me, you know what I’m talking about. Moreover, space partitions aren’t just useful but also an interesting way to introduce texture, dimension, and color into a room.
So let’s have a look at some partitioning ideas without building walls.
This is one of the most common solutions and it works very well in the case of small spaces. Often, screen dividers can be folded and put away once not needed anymore. And if they are not foldable, you can store them next to a wardrobe or behind a door.
Screen dividers can be made of traditional materials such as wood, glass, fabric, but for a more modern look, they can be also made of plexiglass and even sound-absorbing panels. Each material suggests a different use. For example, you can use polycarbonate and sound-absorbing dividers for your home office and rattan screens for your bedroom. Of course, the choice also depends on the style of your interiors.
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Curtains are not only for windows! Using curtains is ideal for those of you who look for an economical solution and at the same time want to give the space a quirky twist. You can use curtains not only for dividing a room but also to create a walk-in closet or a small dressing corner.
It’s a modern, clean system and divides the room without isolating. It works perfectly in many different kinds of spaces from homes to offices and hotels.
You can have slatted wood walls as well as more decorative ones as in the pics below, either way, you’ll certainly have a feature wall that adds character to any space.
This is probably one of my favorite ways to divide a space. Open shelves are functional, beautiful, and let light through. Moreover, you can style them differently according to your needs and taste and this allows for soft makeovers every now and then.
It’s a solution I find particularly good for living rooms and hallways. TIP: don’t crowd everything in. Leave negative space throughout your shelving to keep things from looking too cluttered.
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Among the many ways to separate spaces, there is the possibility to use modular furniture. ‘Modular’ basically means ‘you can flex your room layout whenever you like’.
I can tell you it’s often underestimated but it’s a very effective way to partition a space, especially if you think about sectional sofas, media consoles, daybeds or kitchen islands. They all divide the space into functional areas while continuing to allow the flow of views.
This is a more demanding solution from a budget perspective but it is one of the most beautiful (in my humble opinion). This option works well in both very large rooms and very small spaces because it lets natural light through without isolating.
Glass partitions are often used to divide kitchens from living rooms but the sky is the limit. You can build one for your bedroom if you like the idea or for your hobby room.
Ok this can be, along with glass partitions, a quite expensive solution but it comes very handy when you have small homes/offices and you need more than foldable screens.
Sliding doors are for all types of rooms: dining rooms, bedrooms, big living rooms… you choose!
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