Sick of flat-looking painted walls and predictable paper? Maybe you want your place to feel lighter and brighter or to create the impression that you’re not inside at all? According to the experts, the broken-plan living is a trend is here to stay. And with the use of smartphones, tablets and a penchant for dual screening comes an increased need to create separate areas within shared living spaces. Family members want to be in each other’s company in close proximity without disturbing one other if they happen to be watching a movie, doing some work or listening to music.
Sound familiar? Rather than heading off into different rooms, why not try out some of these fresh wall ideas to zone your space and give everyone a little freedom?
A living wall
Green, leafy prints are still everywhere in interiors land. If you love the look, why not go one step further and create your own vertical garden instead? Not only will you be bang on trend by bringing the outdoors in, pick the right plants and you could make your space feel lighter and airier while zoning too.
Indoor plants can help to purify oxygen in the home, which is said to help with everything from stress busting to snore reduction. To help you start planning your perfect planted wall, take a peek at this Nasa study on the air cleansing properties of different plants.
For a fresh, clean look and the ability to zone off and rejoin spaces, elegant bi-fold doors are a great bet. Match your style with your existing decor for a fluid space and use the partitions to zone off an office area, mini playroom or little music room.
When it comes to promoting the flow of light and creating areas where different activities can happily coexist, bi-fold doors are a really simple solution that helps you to keep your wider decorating options open.
Pretty non-permanent partitions
If you’re the type of person who’s always rearranging your furniture or redecorating a room, you may want to consider picking up some fuss-free non-permanent partitions. You can buy dressing screens in places like Ikea now or why not set yourself a challenge to make your own?
Freestanding partitions are quite simple to put together and can be decorated with paper, paint, fabric, lights or other embellishments to match your decor theme. You can even create different designs for separate zones. Seem like a lot of effort? How about using bookshelves or storage cubes to create the same effect? To update the room, switch out the accessories in your storage shelving.
Non-permanent partitions can offer a really cost-effective way to re-shape your space without a high level of commitment. As an added benefit, if you move home, you can take them with you.
A light feature wall
Are you a fan of a feature wall? Do you like creative interiors that get people talking? A light feature wall is a great alternative to traditional statement paint. Use hanging LED strands to give a waterfall impression or choose low-hanging contemporary chandeliers to create columns or doorways.
If you’re worried about losing light by separating off different spaces, this offers a great solution and works wonderfully in modern open plan spaces.
If you’ve got a really large room to work with and want to create more defined areas, putting in some extra bricks may be something to consider. While bricking floor to ceiling can leave you with a lighting conundrum to remedy, building a half wall gives you a clear partition without needing to worry about sourcing extra light.
Creating a half wall is quite a permanent solution but it, along with adding floating floors, can be a really fun way to break up an open plan space or to create rooms and levels within existing rooms.
Experiment with the ceiling
Are you guilty of neglecting your home’s ceilings? Interior designers consider a ceiling to be the fifth wall, yet many of us simply paint our ceiling white, stick in a light and don’t think to do anything else with it. If you’d like to define a space or make a room look bigger, experimenting with the colour of your ceiling can really help. Paint your ceiling a few shades lighter than your walls to give the room the illusion of more space.
Ceilings are a massively overlooked area for decoration. And when it comes to updating a room to try and give the impression of more space or to close things in for cosiness, your ceiling decor can make all the difference.
Are your shared spaces in an open plan or broken plan format? Have you employed any of the tricks above to create defined spaces?
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