Big rooms or rooms with two usages often need some form of divider to make them more liveable. Here are 6 interesting ways of splitting a room...
The use of a room can change over time and at some point, you might need two rooms instead of one. This could either mean major renovation work to install a new wall, or looking for more creative solutions, whether you’re splitting a kitchen and dining room or creating an office space in a living or bed room.
1. Folding screens
These are a great option as they are affordable, can be easily moved around and even put away if not needed. They come in a variety of designs, and if you can’t find one to fit your design scheme simply build your own. It only takes some wood, a bit of paint, a set of hinges and some imagination.
They work best in smaller rooms as in large rooms they might not have the intend impact of creating two specific spaces.
Your options here are limited only by how green your fingers are. So go a little crazy if you want, hanging plants from the ceiling and having them trail down, using tall ferns of various heights to create a barrier, or even added a wooden trellis to run your plants along.
Things to be wary of are putting plants near heat sources like radiators, boilers, ovens or direct sunlight. And they will need regular cleaning and upkeep.
One of the easiest ways to divide a room is with shelves. A free standing shelving unit that’s open both front and back is the easiest option.
Fill it with books or ornaments to make it more of a divide. You could even turn the books to face the side of the room they’re most relevant to – text books facing the office, and novels into the living room.
The more complex option is to build in some shelves. This can be quite an undertaking, as you’ll need to build in either a door way or end them midway through the room. But the effect can be special.
If you only want the room to be split temporarily and want to keep the light flowing throughout, light curtains are a great option. They can be pulled back when not need, half pulled for a bit of privacy or fully out to create a separate room.
Other hangings like rugs, throws and art can also be used to similar effect though they will block out more light.
Make the divide functional with a bar area. A low side table or drink trolley can be used to double as a bar area.
This can be accessed from both sides or you could go all out and create a serving area on one side of the bar for when you have guests. A few bar stools can be a nice touch.
6. Projector screen
This is one for the movie geeks. A drop down screen can be used to transform a bedroom into a cinema or a relaxed living room into a private screening room.
The screen doesn’t even need to fold away – it could stand there permanently as a simple divide that comes to life once the projector is turned on.
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