How to Create Separation in Your Open-Floor Home

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Whether you love them or hate them, open floor plan homes are everywhere. Open floor plans have been a steady trend since the 1970s, when they first became popular. It might feel like you’re having trouble finding a home without an open floor plan! If you’re not a fan of open floor plans, it’s not the end of the world for you, and you don’t necessarily need to consider a big remodel. There are many ways to make an open floor plan home feel more sectioned off and not so open and vast. 

Adding walls and taking on a huge renovation project to “fix” your open-floor home isn’t exactly ideal. Creating zones in your home is a way of identifying areas in your open-floor home meant for a specific activity. The obvious zones you’ll want to create in your home are the dining room, the living room, and the kitchen. 

Creating these zones and designing your decor around them allows you to define what goes in what space clearly; this way, it doesn’t feel like your living room is a part of your kitchen or your living room isn’t butting into the dining room. The key here is creating separate spaces that still flow together without feeling closed off. 

But how do you create these zones? How do you make sure your space still flows together? Here are 4 ways to create functional, separated spaces in your open-floor home!


  1. Furniture arrangement

    With an open floor plan, it’s all about how you arrange your furniture. Rearranging your furniture to create your zones can be the most powerful and cheapest way to redefine an open space. The backs of chairs and sofas towards the rest of the space gives that feeling of separation. For example, if your dining room is right next to your dining room, make sure that your couch has its back to the dining table or that your dining chairs face away from the living room. Having your furniture face towards a focal point, like a fireplace or textured wall, can also give your furniture rearrangement an extra boost towards that separated feeling.


  1. Add a rug

    Adding a large area rug to your space makes it instantly feel cozier and creates a visual distinction between your spaces. Size is important here! You want the rug to be large enough to fit into your designated zone, but you don’t want it to be spilling into the next one. Your living room rug shouldn’t feel like it’s in the dining room.


  1. Use a bookcase or shelving

    A bookcase or shelving to separate areas acts as a divider and convenient storage! The best way to do this is to use a shelving unit with an open back or a glass one so that you still have light coming through and the unit doesn’t completely take away from the openness of your home. Safety is also something to consider here; you want to make sure you’re choosing something sturdy, or you can anchor it in some way, like to the ceiling, so you don’t have to worry about it tipping over. 


  1. Decorative & movable dividers

    A stylish fixed divider or a movable one, like a folding screen, is a great way to add some clear division to a space while adding fun design elements like textures, patterns, and colours! A bonus of using a folding screen is that you can always take it down if you’re ever craving a more open space or if having the space separated doesn’t suit your needs. If you’re choosing a fixed divider, it’s best to have one that isn’t completely solid that still allows you to see through and won’t feel completely closed off.


However you choose to add separation to your space, what’s important is that you feel comfortable, and it feels like your space! Open concept floor plans are great for creating light inviting feelings in your home, but sometimes some subtle separation can make a huge difference!

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