Sunday, March 8, 2015

How to divide and define spaces without the use of walls

If we are to follow the modern trend of bigger, wider spaces with more light, installing walls that cut and constrict space may not be ideal. But you can define spaces in other ways that are neither disruptive nor expensive. This approach of creating and dividing spaces works well with smaller homes, for example apartments and condominiums. 

Here are several ways to do just that. 

1. Shelves and storage cabinets. Divide spaces with cabinets or shelves. But instead of solid shelves that occupy the entire height of the room, opt for those that are waist-high. If you would like something taller, choose those that do not have a backboard so that you can see through the spaces.  

2. Screens or drapes. For studio type condos, separate areas such as the bedroom from the rest of the space with translucent screens or sheer drapes. These give you privacy without making you feel claustrophobic. 

3. Plants. Use plants of your choice to define borders of a space. It need not be wall to wall, but a few, well placed pots will do the trick. You can also use this inside the house to separate for example the living room and kitchen or dining room. 

4. Elevation. Elevating some areas helps define spaces without necessarily putting any solid structures in the way.  This technique helps to break up an open layout and identify “zones.” However, this may require some renovation to existing homes. 

5. Change of textures. Another easy visual technique that you can apply is to simply change the colors and/or textures of the flooring or ceiling of the different areas. For example, from the concrete floor of the dining room, shift to a warmer, woodwork for the living room. 


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