How to Create Designated Spaces in an Open Floor Plan

Posted by Ben Thompson on 06.26.21

Whether by purchasing a new build or through a remodel, many homeowners live in homes with an open floor plan. By design, they feature open living spaces without physical or visual dividers such as walls and doors, offering a more expansive feel to the overall area. Depending on your family’s lifestyle the open floor plan may work just fine as is, but some families may prefer to create some type of physical definition of space between the rooms.  If the latter describes you, here are a few ideas on how you can create some separation.

  1. Rearrange furniture. Position sofas so that the back is facing the adjacent room space. You can also utilize chairs this way as well.
  2. Add furniture. There are a few pieces that work very well to create dividers. A console table placed at the back of a sofa, bookcases, or a folding screen are a few great options.
  3. Add an area rug. A rug is a great way to create a distinct area and it will also absorb noise, which can be an issue in an open floor plan.
  4. Use the ceiling. Add molding or paint existing molding, paint or add wallpaper to the ceiling within defined areas.
  5. Install ceiling lighting. Find lighting that suits your space such as a beautiful chandelier or pendants.
  6. Add plants. Careful placement of plants or trees can help to create visual dividers.
  7. Add an island to the kitchen. Islands are very helpful in creating a barrier between the kitchen and living or dining area.
  8. Install something more permanent. There are many options, including walls or half walls, glass walls or partitions, and even draperies.


Let us know if you have an open floor plan and need help with some of the more permanent solutions mentioned above. We’d love to help you improve your home to make it more suitable for your family.

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