Designers shared: 12 favorite zoning techniques for a small room


Dividing a room into zones is an important component of planning, especially today, when square meters are becoming more expensive, and you want to fit a lot into a limited space. But even in fairly spacious apartments there are narrow and small rooms that need to be somehow brought back to normal and used functionally. We asked designers what they like to use. And we got answers.

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The secret of zoning the kitchen-living room
Furniture transformer
Separation by color
Kitchen niche as a zoning tool
Light partitions
enfilade layout
Cabinet furniture
glass blocks
Zoning with light
Textile and decor

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one Kitchen cabinets and monochrome finishes for zoning the kitchen-living room

Designer Oksana Agaponova shared that most often in the work of her studio there is a task to zone the kitchen (and also make a living area in it) and a nursery. And she talked about the techniques that she uses in this case.

“Often it is required to make a kitchen-living room from a medium-sized kitchen. This means that you need to fit a kitchen set, a dining table, a sofa and a comfortable TV area. In this case, it is important to visually separate the kitchen from the living room, to make two zones instead of one. But at the same time, the kitchen should be in harmony with the living room and look like a single space. For this we use high top kitchen cabinets, monochrome finishes. The kitchen will look better if it is placed at a corner and completed with either a kitchen column, for example, with a refrigerator, or a small bar counter. If you place the sofa on the same wall as the kitchen, and the TV is opposite, then everything together — the kitchen set and the sofa — will be a single composition. As a rule, we highlight the wall behind the sofa with some color, an accent mirror or other material,” Oksana shares.

2 Transformable furniture

Do not build partitions, but use furniture. And not only a massive one like a closet.

“One of my favorite ways to divide a space into zones is to use convertible furniture,” shares Natalia Solntseva. — This is an incredibly practical solution, especially for small studio apartments. In my photos — a sample of a comfortable chest of drawers that easily transforms into a small dining table. Yes, such furniture is usually made to order and not for little money. However, its role in small spaces is very high! Most of the time, the studio apartment is as free as possible, and you can safely move around it without bumping into furniture located on the way. But if necessary, the chest of drawers turns into a table, thereby creating a new cozy dining area in the interior.”

3 Different colors

Refuse objects that clutter up the space and visually divide the room with the help of color. Oksana Agaponova recommends this technique for a children’s room.

four Kitchen in a niche

If you need to organize several functional areas in one room — a living room, the kitchen itself, a dining room and an office — designer Anna Tarasova applies this approach. And separates the kitchen space with sliding partitions.

“Pros: the kitchen is positioned as a separate space, in a niche you can use other finishing materials, not the same as in other areas of this room, make a different ceiling height. Thus, the border between the kitchen and the dining room looks reasonable and logical,” says Anna.

5 Light partitions

Maria Shusharova from the FamilyDiz studio recommends using partitions for space zoning that do not overload the interior.

6 Finish combination

Designer Olga Vodeneeva recommends using different finishing materials in order to separate one zone from another.

“Floor coverings, such as porcelain stoneware and parquet, can serve as a conditional boundary between zones. In small rooms, the ceiling is best painted with white paint to visually increase the space. At the same time, part of it can be painted in a different color to create the necessary atmosphere. Additionally, the space can be divided by an accent wall. Thus, the walls can differ not only in color, but also in relief, textures and other materials,” says Olga.

7 Podium

One of the forms of zoning that Oksana Agaponova recommends for a nursery is zoning with forms, which also includes a podium, as in the designer’s project. “Furniture, slats or podiums can be used as space dividers, the main thing is not to overdo it and not make them interfere with movement,” says Oksana.

Artek studio project

eight enfilade layout

Designer Anna Tarasova used this technique to functionally divide the corridor.

9 Cabinet furniture

Using cabinets and shelving to divide space is a popular technique. But in our survey, designers remember it not as a direct divider — to put a closet in the middle of the room. Act more delicately, following the example of Olga Vodeneyeva.

“With the help of cabinet furniture, you can divide the space. For example, organize a kitchen built into a separate box or use multifunctional storage systems: a wardrobe with doors on one side and open shelves for storing books and decor on the other,” says Olga.

Project by Olga Vodeneyeva. Photo: Maxim Maximov. Style: Anna Koroleva

ten glass blocks

Glass blocks are a retro touch, but they are experiencing a new round of popularity in modern interiors. Natalya Solntseva loves to use it.

Project by Natalia Solntseva

eleven Zone lighting

Simple and functional: provide different light sources for different zones in the same room.

“You can design different lighting scenarios: a sconce at the head of the bed, a table lamp on the desktop, a floor lamp in the seating area by the sofa or armchair, and pendants above the dining table. Such a technique helps to make the interior not only more comfortable, but also to divide it into different zones,” notes Olga Vodeneeva.

12 Textile and decor

The use of curtains as a separator has long been known, and Olga also recalls this technique. But it also suggests using other decor.



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