There’s a new design trend and its main focus is not visual splendour (although that is important as well), but mainly how to turn multifunctional large spaces into smaller, more convenient zones dedicated to eating, working, relaxing, sleeping, etc. And with everyone spending more time at home recently, it’s no wonder most of us have begun (and are still) searching for ways to spruce up our own interiors to make them more multifunctional.
But since most of us don’t have major construction budgets to build new walls or tear existing ones down, we’re leaving it up to these far simpler (and quicker to execute) ideas to divide your kitchen and your dining room, split your dining room from the living room, separate your living room from the kitchen… you get the picture.
1. Change the flooring
Visually, changing the flooring in two different spaces in one room helps to separate those ‘zones’ even further. And in terms of practicality, it also works a treat, seeing as kitchens always require easy-to-clean flooring (like tile) to ensure dropped food and spilled liquids are not an issue.
2. Lay down some rugs
Rugs have the same style power as flooring materials, and in an open-plan space they are terrific at creating pools of focus for different furniture groupings (such as for dining, working, lounging, etc.). And did you know you can even set the vibe of a room with only a rug? For instance, lay down an imperfect woven rug to suggest an informal and relaxing space, while opting for a much more colourful one to imply fun and creativity.
3. Add an open bookcase
Freestanding bookcases and shelving dividers are not only great at splitting up different zones, they are also brilliant at helping to keep clutter at bay. And the reason why we suggest an open one is because it adds to the room’s functionality as you can easily access it from both sides
4. Get creative with a corner sofa
Pop that L-shaped sofa into a corner and it brilliantly opens up to the rest of the room. But switch it around and bring it deeper into your open-plan space and you have a very useful tool for separating different spaces, like your living room and kitchen/dining room.