In a world where open concept living is becoming more and more popular, it can be hard to define separate areas of the home. A room divider can offer the sense of separate areas while still creating a natural flow to a given area of the home. Traditionally speaking, room dividers were folding screens made popular in China and Japan. These days, room dividers can vary in style, material and permanence. Here are a few different types to help you in your choice.
Permanent room dividers
This kind of room divider is determined in the construction of the home as a feature of sorts. This can be a half wall or built-in two-way bookcase. By doing this you still create an open flow in the design, while defining a specific area in the home. Such features can help to define a dining room from the living room. An open bookshelf can be used to display treasured items, art pieces and of course books. A half wall can contain built-in storage for china or excess dinnerware. By adding your own personality, the style of these room dividers goes from builder’s basic to beautiful.
Freestanding room dividers
Most people will be familiar with this kind of room divider because it has been a favourite throughout the ages. The three-paneled folding screen has graced many women’s rooms as an accent piece, almost adding a hint of luxury and romance. Sometimes these are called shoji screens and are constructed out of wood with rice paper acting as the screen. Tri-fold room dividers now come in many different materials and styles to fit anyone’s décor. Some are even crafted to display personal photos so that anyone can customize their own screen. For added storage, canvas screens may have pockets to hold jewelry or makeup. This kind of room divider is especially versatile in allowing the user to move it any time they want.
Hanging room dividers
Another way to introduce a room divider into a space is by hanging one. This can be done with a number of different materials, though the most common are curtains. This allows you to dictate the amount of privacy you want in any given situation. Sheer curtains can be used to separate a guest room from an adjoining family room. The option to retract them allows you to open up the space as needed. More rigid panels, such as frosted glass, may be suspended from the ceiling as well. The translucent nature of such a material will still allow light to filter into the room. Anyone who lived through the 60s and 70s will remember the popularity of beaded curtains. A fun feature like that can make any child’s playroom a blast.
Retractable room dividers
These ones are similar to freestanding dividers in the way that they fold into a wall or against one. You would typically see room dividers like these in gymnasiums and halls to separate areas for events or open up for larger crowds. If you’re the kind of person who likes having division in the home as well as big parties, this can be a great solution. Rigid panels can be installed to span the width of a room on a track, thereby allowing you to create different spaces in a large area. The style doesn’t have to be as rudimentary as one in a gym, but can be as elegant as any of these other room dividers.
Planter room dividers
A great way to think outside the box in terms of room dividers is to go outside of the home for inspiration. Bring in some greenery, not just to add to life to your home, but to add a sense of space as well. Planters filled with tall grasses or bamboo are some natural solutions to room dividers. For those with a southwestern style of home, a row of cacti might be just the thing. Whatever your style may be, there are numerous possibilities when it comes to room dividers.
By Meagan Dieroff