Massive Spaces Made Manageable

When dealing with a large, open space like an oversized family room or even a studio apartment, there are a number of approaches to take that can help separate the area into practical, more livable chunks.

Hinged doors, if braced properly and safely, can serve as a mobile wall unit to designate a specific lounge area, for instance, in a bigger room. If they contain glass panes, the doors do double duty as a blocker while still allowing natural light in to fill up the entire space.

A creative – and colorful! – way to split up a room is with a fish aquarium. A large enough tank can divide a gathering space into two distinct areas while adding an ever-evolving tapestry to enjoy from all angles.

A significantly sized piece of artwork, either hung from the ceiling or standing on its own between two different sections of the space can establish a well-defined separate area and at the same time lend it some personality.

Take the traditional concept of a screen made up of a series of panels and add an unexpected twist: A chalkboard on one or more of the surfaces allows fun messages or art to add to – and continually change up – the décor. This works especially well to hide a child’s play corner, for example, from the rest of the room.

Bookshelves, either securely freestanding or built out from the wall, make an ideal divider. They are functional yet attractive and can be adorned with more than just your personal library. Add photos, vases and other knickknacks to make it a true conversation piece.

Structurally altering the floor plan is always an option as well. A half wall that strategically splits the space can be topped with plants for decoration or even glass blocks to heighten the separation illusion.

A wall of windows is a smart means of dividing the room into parts without closing them off completely from one another. This does the job without making the space feel smaller – simply more versatile.

Columns are a stately and unobtrusive way to create two independent spaces from one, like partitioning off a dining area from the living room, for instance.

From trendy and stylish to just plain utilitarian, you have a wide array of viable choices to intelligently and pleasingly break up an overwhelming space.