Clever room divider ideas for open-plan living

A tall partition housing gloss-red units, open shelving and a two-sided fireplace creates a dramatic contrast with the pale cedar-clad walls and ceiling of this house by architect Sarah Featherstone.

French designer Grégoire de Lafforest came up with the ingenious idea of building a series of small cabins inside his large loft space in Paris.

In this once dark Madrid apartment, interior design and architecture studio Casa Josephine reworked the layout according to the direction of natural light coming in from the windows.

Having the luxury of a spacious bathroom offers the option of building enclosures within the room to house (and hide) a loo and a shower.

This sitting room designed by Retrouvius, features reclaimed 1940s glass doors installed on a sliding track, so they can be opened or closed without space being lost.

In this artfully reimagined loft-style apartment in New York by Tala Fustok and Crina Arghirescu Rogard, there is an elegant juxtaposition of rippled glass, oiled timber and marble.

Pallas Kalamotusis of Krokalia has created a spacious bedroom with an en-suite bathroom by removing the dividing wall between two smaller bedrooms in her own flat in a Victorian mansion block.

Rose Uniacke has used a rather theatrical red velvet curtain to create a subtle sense of separation between the dining area and kitchen island in this London flat.

This hand-painted screen is in the Devon farmhouse of ceramicists Cath and Jeremy Brown of Feldspar.

Designed by Franco Albini, the ‘Veliero’ bookcase from Cassina stands between the dining and sitting areas in this flat designed by Waldo Works.

The bedroom of this villa on Menorca designed by Anna Standish has a door, but the designer chose to add a divider.

In this inviting London terrace house designed by Laura Stephens, a privacy screen has been used to neatly conceal the back wall of the kitchen.

Some open-plan interiors can work well with only the slightest intervention to delineate spaces. This is an opportunity to eschew stud walling or joinery and source something unique.

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