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How to Use Room Dividers in an Open Floor Plan

by Robin Troy 10/03/2021

The secret to decorating an open floor plan is to create smaller spaces within a large space. While this sounds like something only a contractor could help you with, there are plenty of construction-free ways you can define areas of an open layout. Here are some ideas for breaking up a large open floor plan space into more manageable and comfortable parts.

Open Bookcases

Backless bookcases with cube-style cubbies have been all the rage in interior design for some time, and it’s easy to see why. You can just as easily place one of these shelving units against a wall for a modern look and traditional function, but you can also use them as room dividers. One of the best things about this type of room divider is that it won’t block out natural light or restrict airflow. It also allows you to keep enjoying key benefits of your open floor plan while also separating the space in a simple and decorative way.


Curtains have always been a mainstay room divider option for open-layout studio apartments, but they have their place in larger spaces too. Hanging curtains from the ceiling to break up a room adds privacy and definition while also giving you a chance to add some personal style.

You can hang colorful blinds or even blackout curtains to cut out glare in a media center corner of the room. Install smart blind systems right into the ceiling for automated options that can open and close with a single command. Curtains are an excellent room divider because they are permanent enough to make a solid statement but also mobile enough to open and close whenever you please.

Barn Doors

Barn doors are another more rustic and heavy-duty option for dividing up a large space. While it certainly doesn’t require as much effort as building a brand new wall, there is a bit of construction involved in the installation. However, they are perfect for separating a space into distinct rooms as if it were an actual wall between them. A solid barn door is perfect for adding privacy, peace and quiet. Even when the door is open, it makes a great design statement in your home.

Area Rugs

It’s possible to separate a room into smaller pieces adding nothing vertical into the design. One expert designer tip is to use strategically placed area rugs to define specific “zones” of an open floor plan with no actual barriers. Two different rugs with space between them creates a natural feeling of transition when you pass from one area into the next, but is unobtrusive and lower maintenance than brand new furniture or installations. Try mixing different rug styles, colors, textures and sizes to make bold separations between spaces. You can also use multiples of the same rug for a sleek modern vibe that achieves the same separation effect.

These are just a few ideas for ways to divide up an open floor plan for your design needs. One or more of these strategies will help you define a space and make it your own, no matter the size or shape.

About the Author

Robin Troy

No two homes are identical, which is why choosing a sales price or offer price for a home can be challenging. That’s where the comparable market analysis, or CMA, can be useful. What is a CMA? The CMA is a side-by-side comparison of homes for sale and homes that have recently sold in the same neighborhood and price range. This information is further sorted by data fields such as single-family or condo, number of bedrooms, number of baths, zip codes, and many other factors. Its purpose is to show fair market value, based on what other buyers and sellers have determined through past sales, pending sales and homes recently put on the market. How is the CMA created? CMAs are generated by a computer program supplied by your real estate agent’s multiple listing services (MLS). The MLS is available to licensed members only, including brokers, salespeople, and appraisers, who pay dues to gain access to the service’s public and proprietary data, including tax roll information, sold transactions, and listings input by all cooperating MLS members. Listing agents generate CMAs for their sellers, and buyer’s agents create them for their buyers so both sides know what current market conditions are for the homes they’re interested in comparing. How accurate are CMAs? The CMA is a here-and-now snapshot of the market, based on the most recent data available, but it can instantly be rendered obsolete by a new listing, or a change of status in a home with the same criteria. Why? The market is constantly changing – new listings, pending sales, closed sales, price reductions, and expired listings. CMAs can vary widely, depending on the knowledge and skill of the person inputting the search parameters to the software as well as the number and type of data fields that are chosen. That means some features may not be included. As informative as the CMA is, it should only be used as a tool and should not substitute for your real estate professional’s knowledge and advice.
In order to inform you about the current happenings in today's market, I have prepared this comparative market analysis (CMA) especially for you. There are many properties on the market today, and each has different amenities, sizes, and values. By reviewing this CMA, you will have the information needed to price your home in the appropriate range in today's market.

My company is dedicated to maintaining a professional, trustworthy relationship with our clients. One way this can be seen is through this Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) which you hold in your hand. This CMA compiles the most current and accurate information relevant to the sale of your home. Seeing that this is perhaps your most valuable asset, it is imperative that you be equipped with the most complete information possible related to the pricing and marketing of your home.
The real estate market is always changing and as a result, I regularly attend training sessions and events to further my knowledge and be sure that I am focusing on current conditions that affect today's buyers and sellers. This type of training is imperative if I  am to be successful in obtaining top dollar on home sales. My goal is to make sure that I satisfy the special needs of all of my clients and at the same time make the process and transactions go as smoothly as possible
A little info on me:

Licensed since June 1997.

Completed the SRES, & GRI courses as well as the ABR course.

Adept in contract drafting, negotiation, market research.

Small Business owner since 1982

Alumni of SBM (3-year course at LCC Small Business)