The loss of privacy is one of the top complaints with open plan properties. Laurie March, HGTV Remodels’ House Counselor explains that “by nature, we tend to like to feel secure, tucked in [and] enclosed” so this can be stressful if we’re not used to an open floor plan. All rooms are important and these room divider ideas and techniques can be applied throughout your property. This will create a welcoming calm space that feels like less of a house and more of a home.
Room divider ideas
To create a distinction between spaces, zone off areas. Different colour schemes will create different looks. But, you won’t want to simply draw a line down the wall and start using a new paint or you’ll be in danger of creating a slapdash property that doesn’t quite know what it’s meant to be. Focus on lying different flooring to zone instead. Perhaps your living room carpet can be swapped for ceramic or laminate tiles once it reaches your kitchen? Adding a rug underneath a living room coffee table or main dining room table will enhance the effect.
Bookshelves are also great for separating areas, as long as you can move around them easily and you opt for an open backed style rather than closed. There is no shortage of divider screens designed to cater for a range of decorating tastes if you’d rather not use a bookshelf.
By attaching two or three doors together using their hinges, or running curtain rods through the top of a garden trellis, you can create an instant solid screen to section off rooms. This is the perfect solution if you have friends over regularly. Fans of the boho look might want to consider working flowers into the trellis for an earthy, laid back vibe.
If you’re looking for a permanent solid room divider or screen, electric switchable glass comes recommended. The opacity of the glass is adjustable, creating an effect that’s very similar to frosted glass. Light can still pass through though, so the finish isn’t one of a complete blackout.
Curtains hung from ceiling tracks are a safer option if you’re hoping for a blackout. It’s also cheaper and better suited to a less modern property where a glass partition would be at odds with the design characteristics of the home.
During the day, we’re not all keen to leave the curtains closed. However, opening them means enabling strangers to see into our homes. Net curtains have been put to good use to counteract this. However, they often have an outdated reputation. Plus, non-bespoke curtains come with a maximum 90” drop, which makes them unsuitable for properties that use a large amount of glass.
When fully closed, shutters are great for creating privacy at night. They also allow light to peek during the day when tilted open, whilst still offering some privacy.
Smart windows allow you to filter light by simply turning a knob or pressing a button. This could reduce the heating, cooling and electrical costs associated with lighting our homes as we can control our exposure to the sun’s rays. The colour of the glass changes from clear to white by turning off the electrical current (usually by a remote controller). Peter Robinson of Avalon Glass Ltd openly admits that the novel glass is usually installed via doors or internal partitions rather than windows however. I suspect that not being able to see out of your windows is offputting!
This is where novel blinds come into their own. Your options include sheer blinds, day and night blinds made up of alternating strips of sheer and opaque colour alike, and roller blinds that can pull up from the bottom of the window, too.
Window sill accessories
If expense rules out smart windows or pricey blinds, turn to window sill accessories. Install planters outside your home, hang them in front of your windows or line up pots on your inside window sill to make it difficult for anybody to peer into your home. You’ll be doing your furniture a good turn by making it harder for the sun’s UV rays to reach and eventually damage them too. Select herbs and similar small plants rather than tall plants. This will mean you won’t block the amount of natural light that can pass through the glass to enter your home.
Have you tried and tested any of these privacy tips? Let us know the results or share your own tips with us below!
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