4 Ways to Define & Divide A Space Without Walls

Open floor plans in apartments, studios and small-space homes can leave a space feeling extremely unstructured. Try our tips for dividing your open floor plan or small space studio into distinct zones or spaces without having to use a single wall, divider or screen!


1. Use rugs and contrasting materials

Notice how a simple change in area rug choice indicates to the eyes where the lounging area ends and the study begins. Also, see how the upholstered sofa and metallic drum table contrast so well against the warm woods of the chair and writing desk.

2. Incorporate accent pieces

The accent pieces leading the eye from one zone to the next in the above moment are strategically-placed potted plants and succulents. Notice how each plant “presents” each area by drawing attention to its context and telling the eye where to look.


3. Place furniture close together

Placing furniture close to each other tells the brain that the zone created by the furniture is a distinct group. Notice how in the above picture the sitting area furniture, writing desk and chair, and pedestal dining table and wishbone chairs are placed within close proximity of each respective zone; the distinct furniture groupings create distinct spaces within the same open floor plan—all without the use of walls or screens!

4. Use color

In the picture above, the space is mostly decorated and furnished with neutral pieces. However, notice how there are warm and light woods in the study and dining area, while the adjacent sitting and lounging zone uses a dark gray sofa, which is also tonally present in the pouf and area rug. The effect is a harmonized neutral space that is punctuated by the use of darker neutrals in the sitting area, which gives focus and verve to that particular space.



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