This week has been a busy one for my husband and I. We have been searching high and low for our next home. The home where we will have our children and grow old together. You know what I'm talking about! That dream house that we're all waiting for... Anyway, whether we actually find this home is still up in the air, but viewing all of these old houses made me think of the designs and layouts of older homes, which have smaller spaces and sometimes awkward areas. For instance, I am used to a formal dining room and many of these new/old homes combine the living room and dining room for one large great area. The question is; how do you create separate spaces when there are no walls?
The key is to create borders, so that you feel like you are actually walking into a separate room. Now, you probably won’t want to use a completely different color palette, but you can use different types of furniture to distinguish the separate spaces and use accents to tie things together. You can see in the picture from West Elm, (one of my favorite stores of all time!), that a sectional sofa can aptly distinguish a living room and dining room by simply facing furniture in the opposite direction. This allows us to view the space as a totally divided area.
Keep in mind, that a major part of successfully implementing these ideas is to try different layouts and to not always put the furniture against the walls. Be creative because there are no rules! It is absolutely acceptable to have couches back to back or shelves in the middle of a room.
So the next time you have a challenging room, think about the possibilities and ask yourself, can I split this area? How can I create a new space? The possibilities are endless when we think outside the box and just take our furniture away from those walls!
Photos: West Elm