Following an open floor plan in a house gives the homeowner or the interior designer the flexibility to decorate the spaces in whichever way they like. However, such an arrangement often takes away the element of privacy.

This is why most interior designers use innovative solutions such as fabric dividers, open shelves and concrete screens to create segregated living areas in the house.

Here are some of the ways our global designers use to define the open floor plans in houses:

1) Create thin walls using curtains

These fabric accessories merely take up a few centimeters of space, but are able to add a sense of privacy to an area almost instantly. For instance, if your workstation and bed are in the same room, you can divide the two areas to create exclusive spaces with simple curtains.

With curtains, you always have the flexibility to change the way your room looks. For a spacious look, draw the curtains aside or pull them in to create an exclusive corner for yourself. Alternatively, you can also opt for blinders.

Decor tip: Make sure the curtains complement the colour scheme of the room.

2) Make an internal alteration with plants

Give your interiors a whiff of fresh air by bringing in some greenery. Fiddle-leaf fig, succulents and rubber tree are popular indoor plants that our designers recommend. Indoor plants are not only easy-to-maintain but also known for purifying the air in the area.

Since these plants are also aesthetically pleasing, they elevate the glamour quotient of the entire room. If you don’t want to make any permanent or intensive modifications in the area, then this is the perfect solution.

Decor tip: You can even show off your plants and create segments in low-hanging containers and pots.

3) Give the illusion of a bigger space with open shelves

This functional furniture makes for one of the finest room dividers. Open shelves increase the storage space and let you organize the room more aesthetically. You can leave some shelves bare to allow the light to pass through and to boost the visibility on both sides of the divider.


If the living and dining rooms of your house are not separate, you can create a divide by using sturdy open shelves. Similarly, if you want to divide a bedroom and a workstation, opt for a bookshelf instead to add appeal to the decor.

Decor tip: Pick simple-looking white or brown shelves as these colours complement every kind of decor and add warmth to the space as well.

4) Define zones with screens

Installing a fabric screen is a quick fix for an open-plan bedroom area.  It will add a sense of privacy in the room and take up only a few millimeters of the floor space. But if you are seeking a screen for your living room and foyer, choose a carved wooden screen to allow a seamless flow of light between the two spaces.


A glass screen, that can be swiveled shut, is an ingenious solution to demarcate your kitchen with the dining room. You can keep the kitchen business separate from the dining area yet maintain a clear view of the foot traffic.

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Decor tip: If you are a lover of nature, accentuate the beauty of the room with a bamboo tree screen.

5) Divide the room using multi-fold partitions

As you know the Japanese practice an open floor plan in their homes; they use wooden sliders to create different compartments in the house – without building concrete walls! The Japanese also use intricately-designed shoji and gorgeous byobu screens to separate two zones.

But if you don’t want a contemporary Asian flavour in your house, then you always have the option to divide a room using simple foldable partitions. These functional accents are also available in molded metal, plastic and engineered wood.

The advantage of using a multi-fold partition is that you can enjoy boundaries in the area till you feel like. If you want to maximize the space, fold the partition.

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Decor tip: Please pick a material that is easy-to-maintain and durable. Aesthetics also matter but if you plan to fold and unfold it frequently, at least make sure it is sturdy enough.

Enjoy privacy, without compromising on aesthetics, with these room dividers. But don’t forget to allow the flow of energy and light within the space sometimes.

Posted by:Asavari Sharma

Asavari is a Features Writer at Mansionly.

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