Rethinking Open Living Plan Spaces

There are times that an open floor plan is a bit too, we’ll open. It may work great when the kids are little and you’re in need of being very watchful, however, when they’re loud teens, you may wish to have them seen and not heard. In such a large area it is possible to create smaller zones that will help to maintain your watchfulness while allowing you a bit more privacy or quiet time. This article will help you in finding ways to divide your open floor plan up so that you can have a successful relationship with your entire family.

In order to get the best of both worlds, you’ll want to consider your partitioning of the space so that you can preserve light, your sanity and the flow of traffic. You can choose from a variety of functional partitions that will allow for storage, decoration, and privacy. There are some great ways to achieve this.

Open Shelves

Let’s begin with some open shelves. You’ll want to use flexible types of shelving that will allow you to transition your room from one area to the next seamlessly. This will allow the light through and give you some space that is open and airy, yet more private than one large room.

In smaller areas such as a studio, you can use open shelving to design an impression of two rooms without having to sacrifice your connection and your light.

Tip: Never fill every shelf. While this may be tempting, it’s counterproductive. It will look too busy, too full and it will detract from your room’s overall appearance.

Fiber Art

Use these 1960s style hanging ringsĀ feature to create a dining area that is separate from the kitchen or the living area. It will allow you to use a macrame screen that is retro, yet effective at discerning which room is which.


Curtains offer a simple, yet effective way to separate your spaces without having to use anything else. Just use a good old fashioned curtain rod and some lovely curtains (sheets will work here) and you’re in business. An additional feature is that curtains are easy to change out and very flexible so you can easily close the space off when needed (ideal for studios where the bedroom is in the main area).

Your room can look cozy and give you privacy when needed. It will allow the light in but give you the option of dividing up your small space.

Tip: Select fabrics that will allow you to easily have privacy while still looking lovely. Consider darker colored sheets if you need or opt for something that has two or more curtains or a double rod.

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