Whether you have a small apartment with a tiny foyer-like entrance leading into a studio space or an expansive home with an open foyer joined with a main living area, defining the two areas can accentuate an open and airy feeling without sacrificing a welcoming and homey look. Decide whether you want to separate the two areas subtly and maintain visibility of the entire area or completely hide the living area.
If you'd like to divide your foyer and living room and provide storage space for books and decorative accents, use a bookcase to separate the two spaces. Tall and wide bookcases without backing allow you to partition the living room from the foyer without closing it off, retaining the benefit of an open, expansive space. Low, wide bookcases placed on either sides of the rooms create a framed entryway and allow you to still see into the living area for a unified look. Look for traditional library shelving, cubes, narrow shelving and even cabinets and drawers to add texture and character to the room design.
Fabric can create a soft, elegant room divider at little to no expense. You can use a fairly narrow panel for a hint of separation between the two areas, or you can hang a dividing curtain the width of the entire space to partition them off completely. Sheer fabric allows you to see beyond the barrier and works well for making small spaces seem larger and letting light in from a foyer or living room window. Hang a curtain rod from the ceiling, install a cable or simply hang the panel from ceiling hooks.
Divider screens often add a stylized look while dividing space. Hanging paper screens with a bamboo frame adds an Asian influence to decor with clean, sleek lines and light, natural colors. A bold-colored S-curve divider in yellow or red can add a mod feel to a contemporary room, and an ornate wood-carved privacy screen adds an old world Spanish touch to the front of your home. Place a pair of narrow screen panels on either side of the room for a framed entry or hang a screen from the ceiling or on a track to separate the two rooms completely.
A variety of furnishings and items works well as room dividers. You can make your own dividers with anything from a huge piece of burlap to beads, long lengths of rope or cardboard discs attached to fishing line. Simply rearranging your furniture can also divide a foyer from a living room. Place a sofa with its back to the foyer area centered in the living area for an implied room divider. Set a sofa table behind it to define the area further. A larger, long, narrow table topped with a decorative accent and plenty of room on either side for through traffic also works well.
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