On many instances, I find people confused about how to creatively separate extra spaces in their homes. Concrete partition wall, glazed wooden door/ window system or foldable room screens; there are quite a few traditional ways of privatising spaces.
I have always been a big fan of this slightly underrated design element. When I look back on my works so far, I realise I have used partitions in all possible functional and creative manner. Privatising a corner, suggesting storage cabinets or designing display / bookshelves, these are a few functional uses of a room partition. However, they definitely add a theme, pattern, focus and a lot of intrigue into the room.
I have put together some creative, interesting and less cumbersome ideas for room dividers.
PARTITION WALLS WITH STORAGE
Big open spaces are great, until you find yourself short on storage and need more shelves or bookcases. A boring partition wall (with considerable depth, of course), can be made interesting by diverse arrangement of open niches or shuttered storage spaces. For those willing to make the trade off, partitions like these can solve certain space issues – hopefully not at the expense of creating others.
Above picture is another interesting example of partial storage. The pillars above help lighten the bulk of the entire structure. The handle less shuttered cabinets below, give a smart concealed storage space.
PARTITIONS AS DESIGN FOCUS
Well at times, you just need to segregate spaces to demarcate circulation or different seating areas etc. In that case, when a partition can just be a stand alone feature, it is suggested that one goes ahead with experimenting various alternative materials like bamboo, laser cut metal panels or simply wooden jali. These partitions are best used in separating hallways from living room areas or a private family lounge from rest of the busy areas in the house.
The partition in the reference picture has been designed to separate hallway from the living room. Made out of solid wood and moulded particle boards, it adds interest and pattern to the entire space.
Another example of a beautiful room divider, adding a lot of character to the room. The partition is made of wooden jali and finished with high gloss paints.
In terms of material, there are numerous options available e.g bamboo, moulded metal sections or laser cut metal jali. Option of alternative materials also breaks the monotony of repetitive use of wood and fabric in a space.
BOOK SHELF ROOM PARTITIONS
Bookshelf room dividers are stylish and work wonders when well placed. They create a cosy atmosphere around that little space one wants to use as a reading room. They also work very well in hallway or corridor areas.
This easy and inexpensive way to divide two spaces can also be used for displaying collectibles, picture frames and more.
Stand alone room divider designs like the ones in the reference pictures required to be looked into detail about the stability of the structure. Homes with kids need proper fixation of the divider to the floor or the side wall (if any)
CURTAINS AS ROOM DIVIDER
Curtains and drapes make surprisingly effective room dividers, giving you the chance to not only define distinct areas of the house, but to also add colour, texture and pattern in a decorative feature that can be changed or updated at a whim. Curtain room dividers are ideal options for areas where you don’t want to incur the expense of a framed wall, or where you want the shape or privacy of the space to be adaptable. Threaded curtains are widely available in a variety of colours and textures.
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