Good interior design is about more than just pretty pictures and creative colours. Functionality, proper ventilation, adequate lighting, and beautiful views are just as vital in styling up a space, whether it’s for sleeping, eating, socialising, working, or cleaning.
But we also know that, thanks to a decrease in space seemingly everywhere, these elements are becoming trickier to achieve within smaller dwellings, particularly those in bustling cities.
So, what do we do when we want to divide interior rooms without erecting new walls (and, effectively, losing legroom in the process)? Well, we can call up one of our professionals for some inspiration/motivation, or we can take stock of these 8 tips. Or both…
Whether you’re a self-proclaimed bookworm or not, a bookshelf (bonus points if you can obtain an open one to let through extra space and light) can save the day by separating different “zones” in an open layout.
Another solution (which admittedly involves more work and dedication) would be to alter your floor- or ceiling levels and heights to better distinguish between various areas. This trick actually makes a lot of sense when we consider that different functions could require different vertical dimensions for better results (such as sound absorption for a living room).
One can always count on Mother Nature. And in this instance, she can also bestow some fresh indoor air (plus additional colours and textures) on your interiors.
Consider altering your choice in materials from zone to zone, such as having tiled floor in your kitchen and then switching to hardwood for the adjoining living room / dining space. Or flipping the choice in furniture material, for instance wood and steel.
Luckily we don’t always need to hit the shops before we split up a space. That’s because existing furniture- and décor pieces can also be used to divide up different zones.
Consider, for instance, how your kitchen island can announce the start/end of your culinary zone. Or how your living room’s sofas can dictate where your lounging spot starts and stops.
The great thing about floor rugs is that they take up just about zero legroom while adding a tonne of style (and colour, and pattern, and texture… ) to a room. Consider using one to differentiate between your different interior ‘zones’.
Red for your kitchen and then yellow for the adjoining dining room? Ensure your choice in colours either complement one another (by picking neighbouring tints on the colour wheel, like blue and purple) or contrast (choosing colours opposite one another on the wheel, such as blue and orange).
Being clever with your wall designs can instantly announce where one space stops and another starts. Would you rather try this out with wallpaper (there’s a new world of wallpapers that apply/remove much easier and quicker), wall cladding (stone versus timber, anyone?), painted colours, wall niches, half-wall designs… ?
Next up for your inspiration: 5 factors to help you choose a new front door.