Open-floor layout is currently a hot design feature in homes and offices across the globe, and it owes its popularity to several factors, such as functional flexibility, aesthetic unity, and sense of added space. Still, the open plan is not exactly a byword for privacy and it can look out of place if the space is not visually organized into distinct zones. For this reason, interior designers often use various methods to achieve a well put-together yet not too condensed look in open-floor rooms. Want to steal tricks from the experts and use them in your home? Here, have a few.

1. Let colors work for you


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To divide an open-plan room into separate segments, take a glance at the overall color scheme and consider painting the walls in different shades. Experiments with pastels and tone-on-tone designs are both trendy and convenient as they allow you to preserve the aesthetic flow while breaking up the room into distinct visual units.

You can also achieve the zoning effect with the help of furniture in different colors – just make sure you stick to a chosen color palette and avoid extreme contrasts because these can produce a haphazard impression.

2. Out of sight yet at hand


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Curtains, drapes, open-back shelving, and live room dividers made from large indoor plants are one more easy way to divide an open-plan space into separate segments without installing fixed room dividers. Depending on the overall ambiance and style, you can suspend heavy drapes in solid hues from the ceiling: that way, you’ll have privacy in individual zones when you want to, and you’ll be able to pull the fabric back when you grow tired of limited space.

Tall and large-leaved indoor plants, open-back shelving, and light-colored curtains are better-suited to large rooms where privacy is not an issue, as they will provide partial cover and allow you to relocate the partition if so needed.

3. Multi-tone flooring does it


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If you don’t want to experiment with wall paint and room dividers, you can visually organize a spacious room into separate zones with the help of different flooring materials or patterns. This is a particularly handy trick in kitchens merged with dining rooms and living areas: by coating the floor by materials in two or more hues or wood varnishes based on the number of zones you’re looking to create, you’ll delineate sections visually through creative experiments.

You can also rely on different flooring patterns to do the zoning trick for you. Herringbone or chevron floorboards will look great in the living area, while the kitchen floor can be dressed in plain wood planks or square or rectangular ceramic or linoleum tiles.

4. Break flow by floor leveling


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Leveling is another floor-based zoning trick for open plan rooms. By raising the floor by a few inches in one section of a large room, you’ll achieve a chic transition effect while preserving the spacious feel. A sunken segment connected to the rest of the room by two or three steps will add a cozy and elegant vibe to a large room without any other design updates: level change will be enough of a transition to delineate different-purpose zones.

When breaking down the open-plan living area into separate visual wholes, you can use a single flooring material such as oak wood, tiles, or maple wood, but if you want to push zoning further, you can select flooring materials in different textures or colors.

5. Set privacy on the right track


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Use of physical room dividers to divide an open layout room into separate zones is the oldest trick in an interior designer’s book. Mobile foldout screens are a good option for homeowners who don’t want to experiment with fixed room partitions, but their downside is that they don’t provide any noise insulation to go with the visual barrier.

If you want to upgrade privacy in your living area like a pro, you can turn to aluminum sliding doors with glass panels. That way, you’ll be able to shut yourself out from distractions when you need to focus, but you’ll still be able to open the space by simply sliding or stacking the panels to the side when you want to.

However suave, open-floor plan is not ideal for just about any home – but you can make it such by adding clever décor elements such as drapes, shelving, and sliding doors, or experimenting with floor level, materials, and color scheme. You’re welcome!


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