Room dividers were first used 2000 years ago in China to create portable barriers in large rooms. These room separators are available in many shapes, sizes, and colors, and finding one that matches your space entirely can sometimes be overwhelming. Room dividers are functional, and serve as a decorative purpose.
Room dividers go by several names but are often called room separators, partitions, folding screens, and – in the traditional Japanese design – shoji screens. The most commonly used room divider is the folding shōji screen. Shoji screens are made of paper affixed to a wooden lattice; they are lighter and more affordable than other options. Shoji screens are beneficial as they help airflow and reduce humidity in the room.
Given the apartments’ size in our big cities, we often need our spaces to be multi-functional. Don’t you agree? If you divide the space into different areas for different functions, it will be helpful and much more organized and if you have smaller space incorporating a room divider will help serve more than one part.
On the other hand, if room dividers are not your first option, you can add a wall, but it will be a permanent fixture. If you can’t add walls, room dividers are a reasonable option that will help break up space and add a splash of style and personality.
Whether you have a large open plan home or a small studio apartment with a single living area, these room dividers will make way for you to stretch the available space even more and create distinct rooms within a room. These room dividers ideas are simple and stylish, they will make your home more flexible and add in that privacy wherever needed.
Here are some creative room divider ideas listed below:
Bookshelf divider: Bookworm or not, a bookshelf is one of the most stylish and practical ways of breaking up space. If you love the idea of a bookshelf to separate the room – there are many ways to incorporate it. Though bookcase dividers have been used for ages to divide living spaces, today, different types of beautiful room dividers make a focal point. Box designs are standard – we love the unique narrow design of a box divider as it emphasizes the length of the room and makes it feel quite elegant. Secondly, floating bookshelves give a right approach if you don’t have the layout to create a full separation. Ladder bookshelves are another creative room divider idea you can put into use if you’re looking to bring in a rustic farmhouse touch to space.
Plant Divider: If you are a plant parent, one of the best ways to divide a room is using greenery accents. You can start with a wall of plants to section off space and make room for more privacy. If you want to include in a bit of boho, try hanging a few planters of any type to create a suspended unique room divider. Another innovative partition is to run your favorite creepers up strings on a regular wooden divider. Not only are you adding a pop of color to space, you are incorporating a breath of fresh air to the room.
Folding Screens: Folding screens are more flexible than any other room dividers. You can unfold them to quickly to divide a space when required and fold them, and put them away when not required. The best part is the variety of choices you have in folding screens regarding colors and decor style. Folding screens are available in wood, fabric, wallpaper, or rope. You can also DIY a folding screen or hang your favorite macrame over it. Every type of folding screen divider looks beautiful and can become the decor statement in your given space, along with working as a functional divider. Take a moment to look at this unique room divider – although it is not foldable, you can easily hover it around to any space in the room to act as a room divider.
Mirrors: If you have a small space, the perfect room divider idea are mirrors. They can make the room expansive and brighter instantly. Instead of a single mirror piece, you could use mirrors in different shapes and sizes to make your design more attractive. You can use cut-out mirrors detailing on a wooden separator or have a permanent wall with mirrors.
Natural fabrics: Looking for creative room dividers – well, have you tried ‘rope.’ Ropes make great visual and physical dividers while allowing the space to look still open and light. You can also get creative by matching the color of the rope to the decor in the room. And who says ropes have to be lined up straight? – try unconventional ways to make a rope room divider to make a statement. After all, normal is boring, right?