Tips to Separate Living Spaces in Open Concept Condos

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

The home design world has broken down walls to make way for vast open spaces that connect the living room to the kitchen and dining room. Condos with open floor plans oftentimes look much larger than a similar square-footage of a condo with separate rooms, offering more livable space that can be sectioned off as the owner pleases. There are plenty of options for breaking apart an open space without adding restricting walls. Here are a few great ideas to consider:

Double-sided bookcases

Cube bookcases or those with a bit more of a geometric structure are incredibly popular and these wide and open bookcases make the perfect room separator. One of the most important reasons is that the space can be left open or you can add storage bins to put unsightly belongings away. These versatile units can be purchased in virtually any size, so no matter how your space is configured double-sided bookcases can often work very well.

Placement of furniture

Many condo owners arrange furniture to really play off the open layout, but having a little bit of separation between the living room and dining room can make the rooms more defined. Arrange the sofa to back up to the designated dining room to immediately section the space. Add a sofa table behind the couch for a storage or decorative element.

“This trick helps create a defined space and gives your larger pieces of furniture something to anchor to,” Alison Fedderson, a senior designer with Garrison Hullinger Interior Design in Portland, Oregon, said.


Need a bit more nature in your condo? If you have a bright space, a tall lucky bamboo plant, dragon tree, lemon tree or guinea chestnut are all good for indirect sunlight. These potted plants will not only separate your space naturally, they will help to purify the air to boot.

This is another great space separator ideal for between the living and dining room areas. While oftentimes it can be nice to have viewing access of the television when eating, it’s not always a great option. Plants can easily be moved over when you’re more in a “zone out” type of mood and can then be shifted back into place when you want to dine “al fresco” indoors!


Do you have a workspace in your open concept living area? With the proliferation of home offices, many condo owners in Washington, DC bring their work home. But when you have company you may not want to show off your entire work station. Screens or room dividers can be a great option if used correctly.

Two of the most important components to consider are height and light. Designer Megan Blake, owner of Megan Blake Design in Washington, DC recommends matching the height of the screen to the tallest person living in the space, allowing roughly two or three feet of room between the top of the screen and the ceiling.

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