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Ideas To Create Zones In An Open-Plan Space

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Published: 04/12/2018 by Home Pros Guide


An open-plan living area means eat, relax, cook and entertain – all in one and the same physical space. Even old houses, which have the separate dining room, are frequently knocked through for a more flowing space. But you can design each zone differently.


They can be a great way to zone a special space. They can create a visual separation between the living area and the kitchen. Both the relaxing and dining zones can have a different look and complement each other at the same time.

A point of focus.

Some furniture grouping and angling can also easily create clear areas. Lighting, rugs, even colour schemes bridge the desired areas and keep them separated. This may be a good way to create a  zone for daytime and another for the evening.

The light can do the talking.

The location of lighting has a big part in lining a zone. All dining tables traditionally have a huge overhead light and can be a wonderful way to create a breakpoint between one space and another.

Keep the options open.

Sliding doors can allow the best of both open-plan and compartmentalisation.

Level play.

The open-plan space can be zoned visually with a few different floor levels. By using different levels, or simply different flooring, there can be a lovely clear sense of a room within a room.

Divide and rule.

That can be done via glass doors which will separate the sleeping area from the seating zone.

Create an area for the kids.

There could be a clever way of compromise between the needs of the little ones and the grown-ups. Placing a sofa that can coexist very happily with a kids play space may differentiate the zones in the same space.

These are some ideas that you can put into practice when defining zones in an open-plan space.