Zoning in interior design – one room with several function
In modern interior design, we strive for maximum space opening. The basis of the modern interior arrangement is the separation of functional zones, which guarantees comfort of use. ‘Zoning’ is defined as systematizing the interior according to its functions, eg to the day, night and utility part. The house must meet the diverse needs of the household members. We strive to reach a compromise to emphasize the specificity of each zone, maintaining the integrity of the composition at the same time.
Zoning is no longer perceived as the domain of small premises, although in small rooms it still remains the biggest challenge. Depending on the technical conditions and the surface of the premises, more and more often we decide on semi-open interiors, using alternative forms of zones’ separation. We present a few proven solutions that will help in systematizing your space.
Sliding walls can be folded into a harmonica at any moment. Their assembly is based on ceiling gantries. So far it has been a solution used mainly in commercial premises. Now it is also entering our homes, perfectly fulfilling its role. It guarantees a sealed separation of the entire surface and creation of two functionally independent rooms. Unfortunately, it is still one of the most expensive solutions. Manufacturers meet the needs of customers by offering various materials: wood, synthetic materials, glass (transparent or milk) or veneer board.
In large rooms, we recommend using sliding doors, that are hidden in the wall. Just like sliding walls, they allow to create two separate rooms of different functions. When the doors are open, they become completely invisible. However, this is not a solution for everyone. Installation of hidden doors requires space – the thickness of the wall usually reaches at least a few centimeters.
Openwork panels or furniture
We do not always have the possibility to completely separate two rooms. That is why open panels, furniture and glass blocks are getting invariably popular. The panels are made of MDF. They will prove themselves in the living area, separating the entertainment zone from the dining or kitchen area. The same function will be fulfilled by furniture, that will allow to store things without limiting access to the daylight. One of the intermediate solution are sliding panels, mounted thanks to the ceiling guide (panel truck). They are usually made of thick fabrics.
Curtains and screens
To separate the zones it is enough to use appropriate curtains. It is worth to think about both light and thick materials. The undeniable advantages of this solution include easy assembly, which is limited to the installation of a curtain rod. The upholstered curtains are also a decorative element. A screen will play a similar function, proving itself both in classic and modern arrangements.
Zoning by visual effect
We should remember that the separation of interior zones is not limited to the construction of subsequent walls. It is worth to focus on subtle zoning, based on the appropriate game of colors, various materials, layout of furniture and adequate lighting. In the open living room, the expected effect will be achieved thanks to the kitchen island, which allows the separation of the kitchen and living area. It is also conducive to spend time together with the household. A similar function will be fulfilled by the structural elements – poles and arches, which form a natural division, being an interesting counterpoint of the arrangement at the same time.
We pay attention to the need of maintaining communication paths that underline the distinctiveness of each zone. It is assumed that the width of each of them should oscillate between 100 and 120 cm.
The role of the flooring in interior zoning
Placing a partition allows maintaining greater privacy, but disturbs the open character of space. More and more often we give up closing the space, focusing on the appropriate design of the floor and lighting. The floor is the largest horizontal space of the room and determines the nature of the arrangement. It enables the separation of functional zones thanks to the use of various materials, maintained in a various colors. In high premises, the expected effect can be achieved by leveling the floor. Podium plays a huge role in organizing the interior, especially in combination with appropriate floor lighting.
Its height is conditioned by, among other, the ceiling height. This solution will not work in small rooms with a standard height. We have already written about the role of flooring in the interior zoning1.Open modal