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Organising space without walls: part 2

Room-ception

Before you let the idea of arranging all your furniture in a huge space overwhelm you, relax and remember: you are trying to create rooms within a room.

Placing a couch, an armchair and a coffee table in one side turns that part of the room into its own room: the lounge. Setting up a desk in the corner of your ‘loungey’ space with a strategically placed divider to one side of it can instantly turn that corner into an office. No walls? No problem. 

If things aren’t seeming compartmentalized enough and spaces are still seemingly blending then its up to you to make a few hard calls. The key here is the visual property of your room (or rooms). Have you considered raising one section of your floor? Lifting one section of your open-plan room and dedicating it to your dining or lounge suite can visually separate this ‘room’ into its own dedicated space at a differing level to the rest of the furniture.  

Steps and slightly-raised levels can offer instant distinction between spaces without imploring walls, so give this interior option a little consideration if you find yourself struggling to segrigate spaces. 

Light bulb!

Yes that’s right, your lighting can split up your rooms with the flick of a switch. How easy is that? Take inspiration where you can get it, visit lighting stores and show homes and take note of how they light different spaces. The options here are endless, but we recommend one big low-hanging light for the dining room area, evenly-placed roof lights for the lounge, directional lights for the kitchen and perhaps an attractive tall lamp for the entryway. 

Strategic shelving

A few strategically placed shelving units can both functionally and stylishly organize your space and your stuff. A sleek, modern shelf can effectively divide spaces without sacrificing all-important flow in your open-plan room. 

Choosing the Color Scheme

At the end of the day you are technically working with one big room here, so we do recommend keeping a majority of the wallspace one uniform, neutral colour. The good news is that you can go nuts on colour everywhere else if you like! Just keep one colour theme to one ‘room within the room’ so as not to cause confusion. 

Of course if you are feeling brave you could try a feature wall or two. Take a look through a few modern interior design magazines and websites to see the clever ways in which some home stylers show the divide between to rooms within an open-plan space by stopping a particular colour or wallpaper in the middle of a wall. This can visually be a bit of a hit and miss look for a room so don’t commit to it until you know you can make it work.


We hope these DIY homestaging ideas will help you prepare your house for sale, or to prepare your home a little more efficiently for your own lifestyle. At the end of the day, Homestaging Wellington can offer you home styling support and experienced counsel when it comes to homestaging furniture to suit your space. 

Emma Bell