Separating spaces

MOVING to Tenerife can mean making lots of adjustments to your lifestyle, often because many properties are more open-plan than back in the UK.

In the UK, it’s common to have a separate dining area, kitchen and lounge, partly so that it’s easy to keep them warm. In Tenerife, you may find they are all in the same room! Equally, some properties are studios which may have a separate sleeping area, but have seating, kitchen and sleeping zones, all sharing the same room.

There are several reasons for the open-plan design approach. Firstly, it promotes better airflow throughout the property in warmer climates, and, without walls being in the way, you can get more accommodation inside less space.

So what can you do to separate certain areas, without making structural changes, or incurring a lot of expense? Firstly, you can visually separate certain areas, by clustering furniture in groups. In the lounge area, for example, a bright rug between the sofa and chairs will draw the eye, and make it into a “zone” gathered around the rug.

Equally, the dining table and chairs in another area of the same room will clearly be an eating area. You could make this distinction even more obvious, by painting the wall in a different colour for each area.

If you want to create a physical separation, there are also lots of options. A curtain track fitted to the ceiling, with a curtain tied back during the day, but closed at night, would create a separate sleeping area in a studio apartment, for example.

You could use the same feature, or even floor-to-ceiling vertical blinds, to separate a kitchen from the living room at night (for when you haven’t washed the dishes, perhaps!).

An open bookcase can also be used to divide one area from another, and has the added advantage of providing you with a great place to display a variety of books, ornaments and plants. If your front door opens directly into your lounge, this bookcase idea is also a great way of creating a kind of hall area.

Basically, any furniture can be used to create a barrier between certain areas, but you will need to ensure that the unfinished backs of cupboards are not exposed for all to see!

For ideas on how to divide your living areas, ask for some design advice from Deco Nuevo, who give free quotes, without obligation, in your home.





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