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Separating rooms without walls

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Separating interior spaces without walls might seem like a tall order but you'd be surprised how many amazing techniques are being used these days. 

Instead of blocking off your living room and walking through numerous doorways to get to other parts of the home, you can simply add in some decorative divides that maximise light flow and keep a space feeling truly free and open; a trend interior designers are more than on board with.

We've found some beautiful projects completed by top designers so, if you're looking for a more modern or eye-catching alternative to standard walls, take a look!

1. Metal poles

Simple, elegant and almost undetectable in the right light, polished metal poles make for a fantastic room divide that doesn't stop any light flowing and creates a wonderfully open dialogue between different spaces.

2. Smoked glass

modern Bathroom by ClickHouse
ClickHouse

Casa modular

ClickHouse

Dividing a space with glass is one thing, but doing it with smoked glass is something else! You'll create a sense of privacy even though the material is transparent.

3. Artistic wood

If you've been wanting a reason to get your craft on, perhaps this could be it.

Wooden room divides that fit between two walls don't have to be perfect as you can go for a really abstract and arty look, making good use of whatever materials you have lying around.

4. Wooden Japanese-style screens

Simple, timeless and elegant, horizontal slatted screens are a great way to divide a space, especially if you love Japanese architecture and home design.

5. Industrial lines

If metal poles weren't quite the right aesthetic for you, how about industrial slats? Basic rectangles painted white, look fantastic here and contrast with the concrete walls so well.

6. Portable screens

When you want to divide a room but keep your options open, large screens are a fantastic idea as you can simply open, close or move them at will. 

Choose something really fabulous though!

7. Small screens

tropical Living room by Clorofilia
Clorofilia

BIOMBO COMDEOR

Clorofilia

You can even use mini screens—they're just as handy as larger ones but work in a home with low-ceilings.

8. Pivoting open doors

 Corridor & hallway by ESTUDIO TANGUMA

Why not go super simple and replace walls with doors? Here, you can see a cut out door that pivots, opening up to divide the space in a whole new way!

9. Sliding glass doors

Contemporary and fresh, sliding glass doors aren't only for Star Trek movie sets, as they look phenomenal in the home too! We love these, which divide a dining room and kitchen so simply.

10. Open bookshelves

Why not get some extra use out of your divides? Opt for beautiful bookcases and you can leave them as open and unfussy or as stacked out as you like. 

11. Suspended shelves

Essentially, anything you have to walk around is a room divide and we think these hanging shelves are a fantastic idea! Handy, pretty and unusual, what could be better?

12. Dual-function screens

When is a room divide not a room divide? When it's also a safety rail! 

These intricate laser cut wooden panels make such light work of separating the stairs from the hallway and also offer a little extra stability.

13. Screens with cut outs

Whatever the size and style of your home, you want to make sure you keeping the light flowing, so these bold, black wooden screens are just the ticket, even for an ultra-modern home. 

14. Glass and metal

Just look at this amazing display! An artistic metal framework has been created and filled with crystal-clear glass to make a funky room divide like no other. 

Just imagine all the other patterns you could create.

15. Metal mosaics

 Corridor & hallway by VMArquitectura
VMArquitectura

Casa Horizonte—VMArquitectura

VMArquitectura

It's nice to match an outdoor space to your interior and this amazing abstract metal cut-out design is all the motivation we'd need. Easily creating a separate walkway outside, we bet the same design has been used somewhere inside too!

16. Stylish wires

 Corridor & hallway by Región 4 Arquitectura
Región 4 Arquitectura

Barandal Casa Colinas

Región 4 Arquitectura

Interior spaces can be a playground for bizarre space dividing techniques and this one really grabbed our attention. Just look at how delicately beautiful these little wires are!

For more room divide ideas, take a look at this Ideabook: Divide and conquer without walls.

Which of these ideas would suit your home?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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