5 Beautiful Ways to Divide Your Room Without Walls

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Image: (1) Apartment Therapy

There’s nothing more frightening—or exciting, depending on your reaction—than a large empty space with nothing in it. You can do anything and everything, but just where do you start? When I go into such a space, I immediately think about how I would separate each function and give it its own identity. Dividing up a large room is almost the first way to start. Yes, you can do this by building walls, but if you want something less permanent and more adaptable, I suggest beautiful but temporary wall dividers that can also act as décor. Here are some of my favorites options.

  1. A trompe l’oeil curtain (top image). I love this clever room divider featuring an extension of the room and a gorgeous yellow sofa. In addition to the practical solution, it’s also a great conversation starter.
  2. Bookcase. A bookcase does a wonderful and functional job of dividing a space. It economizes wall space while creating cozy niches in a room. Pair it with some houseplants to freshen it up.
  3. Decorative separator. This woven wooden divider is a great idea for separating the space and creating a hallway. The open spaces of the woven technique create an airy feel so it doesn’t seem too blocked off.
  4. Rope divider. This rope divider is a clever way of creating an office in a large room. Though the rope doesn’t service a practical purpose as far as acoustics or privacy, it mentally creates a space.

5 Beautiful Ways to Divide Your Room Without Walls on the Interior CollectiveImages: (2) Smart Chicks Commune; (3) Chic Tip; (4) The Brick House

  1. Geometric display divider. This beautiful floor-to-ceiling divider is my favorite way to separate a space. It adds architectural interest and practicality.

5 Beautiful Ways to Divide Your Room Without Walls on the Interior CollectiveImage: (5) Pietro Russo

Do any of these catch your eye? Which ones?

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Brittany Watson Jepsen is an American designer and crafter who just returned to America after 2 1/2 years in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. Her motto is "a creative mess is better than tidy idleness" and she lives each day accordingly. During graduate school for interior design she spent one summer working for designers Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble and another summer studying textile design at the Danish Design School. She created her blog, The House That Lars Built, as a way to keep her designing and crafting. She currently runs her blog and her etsy shop, where she sells her home accessories and paper flowers.