5 Ways to Create Defined Zones in an Open Plan Space

published Aug 12, 2015
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So you have a huge open space on your hands? Great! Not so great is the feeling that it’s just one big, undefined area. Never fear. You can strategically use the things you already have to create separate zones and get your space organized. Try these tricks.

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Want something to look different than everything around it? Paint it a different color! It’s one of the easiest and fastest ways to create definition.

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Furniture cluster

Furniture doesn’t have to stick to the walls! You can craft a cozy conversation area even in a large room. Like the example above, try making a circular area around a table or a bench to craft a mid-room “living room” anywhere.

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Airy Room divider

Of course room dividers are great for breaking up space but remember to keep it airy. Make sure your divider is made from a material that will let light through so all areas of your space stay bright.

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Rugs are perfect tools for creating a boundary within a larger space. Look how the rug above perfectly defines the dining area within this long living space.

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A chandelier says, “look here” so using it above a specific area of furniture will help it feel separate and special.