Partition walls are actually centuries old and are used in dividing living spaces into separate areas. They are nonstructural and as such, mainly used for design purposes. If you have the desire to not only create privacy and completely define certain individual spaces, but also to beautify your home, then there are lots of easy divider ideas that will help you achieve a roomier space without the need for regular and full-sized walls.
Some of these ideas range from the use of physical furniture to half walls with columns, bookshelves, curtains/fabric and even lighting system.
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Half walls with columns:
One simple way to break the monotony in your living space and create attractive and distinct spaces is through the installation of half walls with columns. Instead of using a traditional wall in dividing the space, which only adds depth but lacks charm, opting for modern half walls with columns is the best idea.
These walls are installed on the outer side of the existing wall and run from the ceiling down. If you are looking for natural look and feel, slate tiles can be used and in getting more creative, you can arrange family and personal photographs on the wall, in both directions if you want. You can also place decorative pieces like vases and sculptures within the spaces in the wall. It makes an elegant look at the end of the project.
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Use of Curtains and Fabric:
A lot of homeowners assume that curtains are only meant to be hung on the windows and doors but it is not really so. As a matter of fact, the use of curtains and fabric is a simpler and cost-effective way of dividing the space in your living room or bedroom.
Apart from forming barriers which are needed for creating individual spaces, the curtains also allow light to come through from other parts of the room. In getting more creative, you can add embellishments to the curtains, especially if you desire a funky look.
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Bookshelves as dividers:
Another great way of dividing your room. While the bookshelf creates that much needed space, it also serves as additional storage space in your home. Open storage bookshelves work better in this aspect as it gives you the opportunity to display some of your interesting artifacts and books. Even when you decide you no longer want the space demarcated, you can still use the bookshelf in other parts of the home.
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With these ideas, you can see that beautifying your home and dividing it into multiple spaces can take less time and money than you assumed. These ideas are especially beneficial to those who live in a studio apartment where the kitchen, bedroom and living room are contained in a stretch of living space.
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While helpful in small homes, dividers are great in large open plan homes that need to break up the space visually too!