Large open spaces within a loft or house design are enjoyed by many individuals. They create an open living space but there comes a time when everyone wants to section off an area for privacy or to create a new look. An alternative to building a wall in the area is using a room divider. Creative room dividers will express your personality and provide the needed privacy created by a permanent wall.
Areas that require the use of diffused lighting will benefit from the use of translucent plastic screens, frosted glass screens or glass block dividers. The translucent nature of the three items still provides the illusion of an open space while providing a privacy wall. The glass block dividers are either permanently attached to the floor or are made to fit inside a 1 by 4-inch frame. Glass block is made with a glass that causes distortion when looking through each block. Paint the screens, panels or glass block with translucent glass paint to add color to the area.
The use of furniture such as book shelves, armoire entertainment center and dressers placed in strategic places throughout the open area help to create divided spaces within a large open living space. Treat the back of the furniture like a wall and hang a curtain or picture on the surface to create the illusion of a wall.
Borrow an idea from the golden years of the hippies and hand a curtain made of beads to divide off sections in a large open space. Change up the idea by stringing old CD’s on fishing line, heavy string or twine to create a curtain. Other ideas include feather boa’s, small picture frames, Lego’s, McDonald’s happy meal toys and other small items. Let your imagination run wild as to items to hang from the ceiling to create dividers.
Section off a gaming area by using large house plants or artificial plants. Sit the plants on the floor, tables and stools to create a divider that gives privacy and a hint of the outdoors. Mix both the artificial and real plants together to attain a wide variety of height, color and texture to the area.
Whimsical, creative and artistic room dividers are available for purchase at many retail stores and on the Internet. Several fun room dividers are those that double as a chalkboard, reed panels, large picture frames to hold record album covers, geometric designs, organic shapes and many others. ODDEE is an excellent website with twelve unusual and unique room dividers individuals have used within a large open living space.
Think outside of the box and find that special divider that fits your personality and room décor. It could be as simple as moving the sofa away from the wall and use the back side of the sofa to indicate the division between the living room and the dining room area.