Ceilings and Walls for Open Floor Plans

Ceilings and Walls for Open Floor Plans

Learn how to visually separate open floor plans using decorative ceilings and walls.

For those who dream of open floor plans or for those who already have open areas of the home, separating spaces for different uses may be tricky. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping a flow in an open concept space while creating comfortable, distinct areas in a home. 

Room Dividers

One of the simplest ways to visually separate spaces without a permanent wall is a room divider. College kids are notorious for creatively dividing rooms with curtains, cardboard, or whatever they can find for cheap. While innovative and useful, upgrade your room dividers to something more attractive and practical with translucent room dividers. 

Section off a space to do your morning meditations and yoga with a serene room divider (or three). Room dividers also do wonders by adding privacy to open master suites, dividing media centers from other areas of the home, and/or sectioning off an area for study for adults or children. Choose from a variety of colors, textures, and patterns to define one or more areas in your open space. 

Color Coding

Define spaces in your home with the use of color. The style is up to you. For delicate shifts, choose a base color and then vary sections of the home with various shades of the same colors. Mix and match the ideas above for added interest. For a striking effect, go high-contrast with a pop of cherry or deep blue. 

Room dividers are a great option, whether going subtle or bold with color coding. Use in conjunction with ceiling and wall applications or on their own. For open spaces sharing the same walls and ceilings or for those who love monochromatic spaces, room dividers may hold the perfect answer. The first option will allow you to color code the panels based off how you would like to divide the sections of your home. For subtlety lovers, choose different patterns or textures to define areas. 

Contrasting Materials

An easy way to use contrasting materials to define space is to create an accent wall. Use metallic panels from floor to ceiling behind your dining set or buffet to visually distinguish the dining area.

You can even visually separate open floor plans in large finished basements with opposing materials. Create a pub feel over a basement bar with metal ceiling panels and finish the rest of the space off with crisp acoustical panels. 

Design a sophisticated feel in one section with white coffered ceiling panels for the adult side and simple charm with smooth, white tiles or drywall in the children’s play area. 

Layer Textures

Layer Textures

A simple way to distinguish one section from another is by adding contrasting materials in similar shades to your open area. Use the layout of your furniture as a guide or simply start with a ceiling or wall application to quickly identify different sections.

Try using a white metallic backsplash to define your kitchen and painted white planks in adjacent dining areas, or set your living room apart with a rich wood-grain look. Choose finishes that complement one another - similar or contrasting shades both work!