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Dramatic Ways to Break Up an Open Floor Plan

Open floor plan building has been popular for some time now but not everyone loves it. If you have a home with an open floor plan and you wish you could separate it permanently, then we have some ideas for you. Realtor.com published a piece titled Sick of Open Floor Plans? Try These 5 Tricks to Separate Your Space that gives some great tips.

1. Invest in ceiling beams

The simplest ways to divide the space don’t involve touching the floor at all. Wooden ceiling beams are a great choice for a number of reasons, including the fact that they’re very popular right now. They also create divisions between your different spaces. Choosing different stains in contrasting colors can help you differentiate between your living room and playroom.

Any type of ceiling detail helps define the edges of the space. Depending on the specifics of your ceiling and the rooms in your home, you could choose to stretch several beams over a single space or a single beam over several spaces. If you have a vaulted roof, then you could even add a decorative archway.

2. Let color separate areas

Using colors may be the most affordable way to create separation between your spaces. Choose a few colors for each section of your home and make sure that every area shares at least one shade with the rooms it’s attached to. This helps to create a smooth transition from one space to another. A good example is a creating gray, white, and aqua color scheme for one room and then paint the adjoining room in gray and yellow. They won’t clash but they will be distinguished from each other.

3. Have French doors installed

Of course, the best way to create the most dramatic difference between rooms is to install doors. It’s possible to have an open space feeling while still being able to close off a portion of your home. For example, French doors can let you make the room open when needed and then you can close it up when you need an extra dose of privacy.

At Charles Window, we agree that adding French doors can be a great option. Do you want to learn more about your options? Call us today for a free consultation.