Jo Leevers, Houzz
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Open-plan living is here to stay, but sometimes you need to divide and rule within a large room. Whether you need to create a pause between cooking and dining zones, separate a bedroom from a bathing area or create a calmer spot in a living room, here are 6 ways to do the job beautifully and in a sympathetic style.
This smart piece of cabinetry combines understairs storage with wooden louvers for a versatile partition that’s good looking, whether the slats are open or shut. It forms the wall of a staircase and combines drawers with a thoughtfully designed screen, which also helps with sound insulation.
This central wood-burning stove serves as a marker for where the kitchen–dining room ends and a casual seating area starts. I bet it gives off brilliant heat, too.
One room or two?
Folding doors allow for privacy and even a little soundproofing when someone in the household wants to read or watch a movie and others want to talk or play.
A suspended fabric screen shields one area in this large, open space, while a glass half wall keeps the kitchen in touch with the living area — but not too close.
Define with color
A kitchen island or peninsula is a tried and true way to mark a division between kitchen and dining or living areas. Here a row of bar stools adds a visual line of bright green that eases the transition between work and play areas.
This striking piece of screening opens the kitchen when the cook wants company and can screen it off for a nice sense of enclosure without any hint of claustrophobia.