Anyone living in loft-like quarters — or, more likely, trying to make the most of a Lilliputian pad — knows a little something...
Anyone living in loft-like quarters — or, more likely, trying to make the most of a Lilliputian pad — knows a little something about the great (room) divide. Whether you’re looking to get privacy from that throng of roommates, make your studio into a one-bedroom or just a hide a mess, here are three options that go beyond the beaded curtain.
High on the hipster cred list, the German design company Vitra is known for all things uber-modern. Its mesh curtain of flame-retardant plastic works best to separate spaces where you’d like the light from one to seep into the other. Installation is literally a snap — you use small pegs to connect each 50-piece set, which comes in multiple colors and makes up to 2 square yards. Hardly just child’s play, but think of the whimsy in a shared siblings’ bedroom.
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Gold and brass have reigned on the runway for several seasons now, and this fall, the earthy metals are coming to the fore in interior design as well. As sculptural as it is functional, this antiqued brass unit looks great against a plain wall; it can also be used as a partition to separate two more formal spaces, such as a living room and a dining room. With six 12-inch discs to a pack, you’ll most likely need to connect multiple sets to get the coverage you want.
Open bookcases are a great way to make a space seem larger. Ikea’s 73-inch by 48-inch lacquered birch unit will do much to both divide and conquer — your mess, that is. Use decorative storage boxes, fun bookends and other ephemera to keep the shelving from looking like a total case.