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Interior partitions

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Most of us live in homes where walls compartmentalise different areas: hall, lounge, dining room, kitchen, bathrooms, or bedrooms. A door gives access to each of them, but what if a door doesn't exist?  

A task for architects and interior designs today is to create flexible spaces, instead of traditional partitions to divide rooms. Sliding partitions, furniture or a change in flooring; there are many ways to break up an area without the need to build a wall from floor to ceiling. Today, we have prepared an ideabook to give you some new found inspiration for separating your internal spaces.

The usual suspect

The classic replacement for walls is a book shelf. This furniture not only help us to order the space, but is also a functional object. Although the space is perceived with the same amplitude, this shelf shaped seashell establishes two very different purposes: on one side, the classic living room; the other, a study area.

Curvaceous forms

A shelf, strictly speaking, does not need to be straight. You can employ one with great effect with curves ! This picture, for example, contains a space for reading by enclosing you in via the outer circle. The advantage: protection from droughts, without obstructing the light.

Low rider

Isola House - living room:  Dining room by Haag Architects
Haag Architects

Isola House—living room

Haag Architects

We have already presented two varieties in bookshelves: high, curved and of medium height with marine inspiration. Now, is the turn of the low rise shelf. It is not only furniture that reaches eye level, that is capable of dividing the space. In this room, as an example, the backs of sofas mark a seating area. Next to this, low furniture and a fireplace make a different space all together: an area to sit and read a book by the fireplace.


If we want to create more intimacy, a sliding partition door of glass can be a great solution. You can see in this image that translucent glass has been used to separate lounge from kitchen. From floor to ceiling, these movable partitions allow both privacy and light to infiltrate the space.

The hall




A hall is very often a small dark space that lacks light. In this instance, it would not be advised to close it off further with a wall partition. Instead, go for something that allows light in—yes, you could go with a bookcase, or alternatively, this practical floating partition is an excellent barrier between two important spaces.  

A multipurpose ladder

 Living room by Estudi Agustí Costa
Estudi Agustí Costa


Estudi Agustí Costa

The option to integrate stairs into a house gives a different function. In this case, an absolute gem of wood has three functions.The first one: vertical communication; second: as a partition between the kitchen and living room; third: storage .


 Bedroom by Donaire Arquitectos
Donaire Arquitectos

Hotel EME in Seville, Spain

Donaire Arquitectos

We cannot talk about internal partitions without touching on the bedroom. We want to separate the bedroom from the toilet, but without bricks and obstructive walls. How do we do it? Well here is the answer: a laser cut steel panel with Arabic motif panels. 

Absolutely floored

Courtyard House  -  East Dulwich:  Kitchen by Designcubed

Courtyard House — East Dulwich


The last example lays in the kitchen. It is increasingly common for kitchens to be integrated into the same space with the dining room and lounge. Why? Because the spaces are often interrelated, and this is the best way to maximise the space on hand. So, how do we effectively draw the boundaries between one space and the other? In this kitchen, it is very clear—the flooring! The wood, in this case, divides the dining and lounge room area from the kitchen and space where the food is prepared. Ingenious!

To see more on this topic, see ’Kitchen flooring ideas’.

What do you think of these interior partitions? Which one would you choose? Comment and let us know below!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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