You Probably Already Have This Genius Space Divider Alternative in Your Home, So It’s Time to Use It!

published Nov 18, 2021
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Credit: Brad Walsh

When it comes to styling small spaces and studios, being smart with your layout is really important. And a key part of that is finding stylish ways to separate your spaces. Many people are really into those cute room dividers right now, but homeowner Brad Walsh took a bolder, more maximalist approach in his home — and honestly, you probably already have the supplies you need to try out this look in your home.

In his home in Cleveland, Ohio, Walsh puts his bold and colorful style on full display in every single room. He likens his house to “a mid-century maximalist artist’s playground.” As an art collector and “hobby painter,” Walsh loves the use of color in interior design. “My sensibility and affinity for color as an artist definitely shows through my interior decor,” Walsh says. “Since I live in a particularly snowy part of Ohio, I like to propagate a perpetual spring indoors.” Chief in accomplishing that goal? The luxe-looking, grassy-green curtain divider he used to section off his space, which you can see below.

Credit: Brad Walsh

As Walsh’s favorite space in his home, the sitting room you see here was inspired by Tony Duquette’s “Dawnridge.” The brightest, boldest feature in this space has to be the aforementioned beautiful green curtain in the middle of the room. The curtain extends from the ceiling, all the way down to the floor, creating a bold, textural statement. “I refer to the style of the room as ‘Beetlejuice goes to Florida,'” Walsh says. The placement of this curtain doubles as decor, obviously, but it’s also a really great way to divide the room into two separate zones.

One side of this room is used for storage art, paint supplies, and vintage finds that haven’t found a home yet — essentially things that could get a little messy at times, and therefore, are great to keep out of sight. The other side gets most of its use for entertaining. “It’s my favorite because it’s the only lounge space in the home that doesn’t have a television,” Walsh says. “Just a record player, and many places to get comfortable with friends and a drink.”

If you have a set of velvet curtains — or find a few panels on the cheap as you’re shopping one day — I suggest scooping them up and making like Walsh. You could try this idea to close off an open area or nook using a tension rod to suspend the curtains, or you could do this in the middle of a room like Walsh did (which requires a bit more work drilling into a ceiling to hang them). However you choose to incorporate this idea, one thing’s for sure: It’ll add a lot of visual drama and definition to a larger room, and you can even hang art in front of the curtains or stage furniture there, too, to create a whole new vignette.