22 November 2018

5 Efficient Ways to Zone Open-Plan Spaces

Steal zoning tricks directly from Australia’s top architects and designers.
5 Efficient Ways to Zone Open-Plan Spaces

Functional, flexible, and spacious. Those are the three words that homeowners used to describe the open-plan format. Similarly, those are the reasons why they embraced it. Recently, a lot of homeowners asked our help to make their current open-plan space a little more organised. This is proof that having aesthetically united interiors isn’t enough. A truly pleasing open-plan format has distinct zones. There are a couple of ways to zone open-plan spaces. Here are the easiest and fastest ways to do it:

Change colour schemes

Divide the space into segments visually. Let the colours work for you. For one, experiment with two-toned walls.


Look at this apartment unit. The designer laid a dark textured wallpaper to separate the living room area from the bedroom. This trendy and convenient solution preserved the flow inside the apartment because there’s no physical barrier that divided the room into distinct areas.Having different colours of furniture per area also helps you zone open-plan spaces. Stick to your chosen colour palette to avoid extreme contrasts. Here, the designers used white chairs to make the dining area stand out.

Keep the other areas out of sight

Take a look at this modern condominium unit. Noticed how the designers arranged the furniture so you can’t see one space while you’re in one? When you’re laying in bed, you can see everything. But when you’re working, the comfy couch and bed are out of your sight.Meanwhile, in this apartment by Podio Arquitectura, the designers hung a black curtain with large metal grommets on a chrome bar. When closed, the curtains separates the living room and blocks the visitor’s view of the entire apartment.

Consider two-toned floors

Earlier, we discussed how two-toned walls separate two distinct areas. Multi-tone flooring does the same. Notice the sudden change of floor material in this eat-in kitchen. It created a boundary. This home has another take on two-toned floors. Instead of having two kinds of floors, the designers created a boundary line using dark coloured tiles. The boundary stands out against the light timber laminate flooring and separates the living area from the dining.

Sink one area

Varying floor levels is another trick to zone open-plan spaces. When you raise or sink a segment of the floor by a few inches, you break the flow of an open-plan area while preserving the spacious feel. A change in level means you’ve transitioned to an area with a different purpose.Plan everything well before building sunken spaces. Know which types of flooring to use, which area to sink, and how many steps needed to rise from the lower floor. Proper planning ensures the elegant transition between two levels.


Use a physical room divider

This is the most basic way to divide a room. It’s one of the oldest and easiest tricks in an interior designer’s book. You can do this on your own (DIY). People who rent prefer using movable folding screens. On the other hand, homeowners prefer more permanent dividers like the one shown below.It is a durable aluminium sliding door with glass panels, the kinds you use for indoor-outdoor spaces. This glass door serves more than as a visual barrier. It blocks noise from the next room too.


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