Maximizing space in compact rooms has always been important. However, during the pandemic, more people than ever found themselves spending a lot of time at home. With the mainstreaming of remote work, it became clearer than ever how important it is to separate work spaces from areas for relaxation. Whether you have a studio apartment or you’re just looking to update a room, here are seven clever ways to divide a room that combine great functionality with a pleasant aesthetic.
Craft Unique Room Dividers
While room dividers might seem obvious as a way to break up a space, it’s obvious for a reason. Craft a unique room divider to add a personalized touch to your room. With a bit of handiwork and the right quality measuring tools, you have a premium woodworking option that serves as both décor and room divider. The best part about this option? You can design it to fold up and store when you need a bigger space.
If you don’t feel confident making it yourself, no worries! You can find a skilled handyman to help you build your divider, no matter how permanent or temporary it is.
Take Advantage of Shelves & Storage
Especially in a space with multiple uses, storage should be your top priority. It’s easy for smaller spaces to become claustrophobic and messy. Prevent that with shelving and storage options, especially ones accessible from both sides. Backless bookshelves, cube storage shelves, and other storage furniture will keep your room divider practical. Expand backless wardrobes and cabinets with organization hardware that maximize your space without taking up any.
Consider Hanging Lights
Hanging lights are a functional and fashionable way to bring light and contrast anywhere. They can also be a great way to break up your room. Unique light fixtures, such as pendant lights, will brighten your space while serving as vertical dividers. You can even customize your lighting fixtures for a personalized touch. Light it up with style with hanging lights to divide up your room.
Try Curtains and Canopies
Not all room divisions need to be permanent or sturdy elements in the design. Try curtains and canopies for an easy and clever room divider option. Light curtains and canopies, including bead dividers, can be a simple way to accentuate the shape of your space. For example, longer curtains could draw attention to higher ceilings, and decorative canopies can turn an awkward nook into an attractive alcove.
Look into Art and Textures
Art pieces and textured accents can highlight elements of your space to divide the room into different sections with various focal points. For example, two-toned walls can make your space seem larger than it is, dividing the room into two distinct horizontal pieces. Bright contrasting colors like those in a modern nautical design can transform your room and make each divided section feel even more independent. Find a theme that aligns with your space priorities to help ground your interior design decisions.
Pay Attention to Levels in the Room’s Interior Design
Your room already has natural levels in its structure. These can be cohesively unified or aesthetically accentuated depending on your interior design choices. To use levels as a room division technique, vary the heights of your pieces and structures rather than attempting to merge the lines across the room. Varied heights create levels that accentuate your room’s interior design to divide your space without using permanent, obvious divisions.
Use Rugs to Define Different Areas
Placing rugs properly is important in any space, and they’re especially useful when defining areas in a room. If one area has a rug, that will clearly separate that section from the rest of the room. Similarly, if two areas have separate rugs, everything placed within each rug will become a cohesive unit separate from the other section. Plus, if you want a new color or size, rugs can easily be removed and replaced.
Create a Space that Works for You
These clever ways to divide a room can be adapted to meet your individual needs. Depending on the dimensions of your space, different options are going to be more feasible or appropriate. With the help of a team of experts, you can confidently build a space that’s perfect for you.
About The Author: Carolyn Mitchell is a freelance writer and content strategist with a passion for home décor and maintenance. She can often be found re-painting and updating the furnishings in her home, and she is also a dedicated cat mom to two adorable kitties.
Photo by Nada Hanifah on Unsplash
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