Not always in our apartments, especially in "Khrushchev" and panel five-storey buildings, it is possible to allocate space for, for example, a living room, and most often we sleep in the same room where we receive visitors. Then the zoning of the room to the bedroom and another room comes to the rescue.
The main idea is comfort. If you plan to separate the office, it means that you need a place where you can quietly finish working affairs; if you want to divide the bedroom into "adult" and "child" parts, then you would like some private space. In any case, for adults and young residents of an apartment or a studio, zoning gives physical or psychological comfort.
The secondary goal is to achieve ergonomic space. Below we will talk about furniture zoning: this is the best example if we are talking about ergonomics. A narrow rack, installed between the zones, allows you not to waste precious space on the screens and partitions - a much more convenient option than if it stood against the wall.
- Bedroom and living room / lounge;
- Bedroom and study;
- Bedroom and nursery;
- Living room and study;
- Living room and dining room.
Two or three ways to divide space into zones are most often combined: not only to emphasize the functional separation of zones, but also because of design considerations.
The best way to beat a large object is to build the whole composition around it. Usually such an idea applies to long and narrow pieces of furniture. If we place them along the walls, they "steal" a lot of useful space, and nothing can be put in front of them.
- Book shelf / rack. A classic example of furniture zoning; It is good because between the shelves light penetrates, if the window is in the next zone.
- A sofa with a high back will gently emphasize that there is already another area behind it - a bedroom, - and at the same time it will not create a feeling of tightness, like solid partitions.
- Screens visually make the space a little smaller, but they have two advantages: first, they can be folded and removed as unnecessary, and second, they themselves often represent a work of art.
- A narrow bar counter would also be a great idea: it will not serve as an obstacle to the light and will perfectly divide the office and the living room or living room and dining room.
Reception is to build zoning on the color and texture contrasts between zones - this applies primarily to the materials of decoration (wallpaper, panels), as well as decor items in the interior.
- Floor. Part of the room, which is a living room or office, can be finished with laminate or parquet, but in the sleeping area it is better to place a carpet of natural color.
- The shelf. Using drywall, above the bed and bedside tables, you can create a multi-level ceiling with LED strips and pastel shades.
- Walls. In the part where the magazine and desktops, bookshelves and racks for video and audio equipment are located, you can make the "under the brick" facing basement panels or plaster blanks (in the loft style), plaster the walls. For the sleeping area leave natural wallpaper of jute and bamboo, expensive non-woven and vinyl, fabric or plain paper. The color scheme should also be different (at least minimally): on the space where the bed is, calm shades will prevail; other parts of the room can be trimmed brighter.
Zoning with additional architectural elements
If the size of the apartment or studio (from 18-20 sq. M.) Allow you to "steal" a little space, you can divide it with the help of plasterboard structures. To "Khrushchev" is, unfortunately, almost inapplicable.
The arches can have either the traditional arch shape or they can be made with half-arches or created on any other piece. The smoothness of the line depends on the overall design in which the interior is designed. Smooth and straight they will be for modern, hi-tech, minimalism, rounded - for classicism, shebbi-chic, Provence. Sometimes draped with curtains.
Columns - a rare option for apartments. Of course, such columns are not carriers, but only visually delimit the space. Small narrow shelves can be attached to them, a series of photographs, children's drawings and small flowerpots can be hung on them. What good is this option - it almost does not limit the penetration of light into the part of the room where there is no window. Columns can be trimmed with panels or wallpaper.
Podiums are usually arranged where the bed will be. If a podium is installed in the room, then a rearrangement is not foreseen: for example, a pair of “computer desk and office chair” has nothing to do with it - this is just a dangerous idea (especially for those who like to ride on such a chair).
Zoning stationary partitions
Usually installed sliding partitions made of polycarbonate or glass. They have almost no effect on the level of illumination, but the space of a studio or room is visually small, and quite seriously.
Zoning by curtains and curtains
Screens are ideal interior, if its design is designed in Asian styles. Of course, being pieces of furniture for an apartment or house, they have nothing in common with those that can be seen in medical offices, interior screens most often represent a work of art. A translucent screen of profiled or cellular polycarbonate is a functional rather than decorative option, but those that look like Chinese medieval ones are traditionally made of thick paper or silk and are painted with drawings. They can be a good design accent.
Finally, a technique that is almost never used alone: when there is only natural light in a room or a studio, the whole division into spaces will remain “behind the scenes”. However, lighting as a small zoning finish is just a smart option for interior design.
- The workplace is illuminated with a desk lamp or a floor lamp.
- Coffee or coffee table is equipped with the same device, but with a softer light.
- In the zone where you read or do needlework, ideally hang a sconce.
- Bedside lamps should be placed on the bedside tables, and if a multi-level ceiling is arranged above the bed, paste it with LED tape. The latter technique can be used to illuminate the podium if the bed is located on it.
- LEDs are also suitable for corners where children's beds are located.
In the interiors, where there is division into zones, there is almost never a “top” light, which is customary for “Khrushchev”. Bright lighting of one part, perhaps, will interfere with a quiet intimate setting in another.
If the window is located only in one of the zones (and even more so if it is small), it is better to refuse high opaque partitions, otherwise artificial lighting will have to be used even during the day.
Ergonomic and once again ergonomic design. Zoning is done more by necessity than by whim (especially if we are talking about a small studio from 14 to 16-17 sq. M, in which there is only one living space), which means that there is not so much space. If it is possible to install a folding sofa or roll-out bed, you need to use it, the same applies to folding tables. For children's rooms it is better to buy bunk beds: a berth at the top and a working bed at the bottom. A bedside table can serve as a coffee table or a coffee table during the day - you just need to choose a model on wheels. If possible, all pieces of furniture should be as narrow as possible, while they can take up a lot of vertical space.