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The nice thing about open floor plans is that they give you the sense of wide open spaces, often making a home feel bigger, more luxurious, and free-flowing. The drawback is that open floor plans can sometimes give you the feeling that you have no privacy and no defined spaces in the home.
Luckily, there are ways in which you can keep your nicely flowing open floor plan AND have a bit of privacy or more room definition at the same time. The solution: pocket doors, sliding doors, or glass doors used as room dividers. These are all great features that can be elegantly designed so that they don’t invade the style of your home and in some instance (as with the pocket doors) can be hidden from view when not in use.
Pocket doors are actually installed within the walls of your house. When recessed, it appears as if you just have an open doorway between two rooms, but when extended it can completely shut off one room from another.
Sliding doors will have just half the effect of pocket doors. You can slide one door behind the other to open up half of the doorway or slide them side-by-side for privacy between the rooms.
Glass doors, or even French doors, can keep any space feeling open allowing you to see through them to other areas of the house, yet give a sense of privacy and defined space by closing off a room.
Any of these dividers are a great solution for keeping houseguests from seeing the toil and mess you’re making in the kitchen while hosting a dinner party, giving children a bit of privacy while sharing a single bedroom, divide a living room or master suite into separate areas for office space, or any other reason of your choosing.
The key is to be able to feel like you can divide up your home into smaller functional spaces with an ample amount of privacy while not giving up the grand feeling you get from the open spaciousness of your floor plan.
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