Room Dividers… that don’t Divide

What if you want a room divider that designates without dividing? That happens to be the situation with our entry/living area.  To jog your memory, we are considering removing the wall that separates our entry and dining/living area to give our apartment a feeling of greater space and openness.

Existing Wall between Entry and Dining Room

Existing Wall between Entry and Dining Room

However, we don’t want it to feel like you’re sitting in the entry and therefore want to somehow visually designate the areas.  I hesitate to leave a partial wall as that seems to play into the dated look we’re trying to eliminate.  Still, the solution must be stable and secure so it will not topple in either direction.  What do you think of the following options for room dividers?

1)  Suspended shelves are probably my leading choice right now.  Vertical steel bars would connect each shelf.  I would probably want to use a hardwood material for the shelves.  The one potential downside to this is sturdiness, say, if a toddler were to grab hold.  Here is an example of suspended shelves (in glass) from Rakks:

Shelves by Raxx

Shelves by Raxx

2)  A shelving alternative would be something like these low bookshelves from Motiff Furniture.  They would mimic built-ins – another viable alternative.

Open Shelving

Open Shelving

3)  A floor to ceiling option that would also mimic a built-in look are these modern Tag bookshelves that I love.

Connections Shelves from TAG

Connections Shelves from TAG

4)  To visually separate the room but still allow light to pass, something like these “walls” from iDivide could be a good option.

iDivide Wall

iDivide Wall

These are just a few ideas and I would love to hear any other suggestions you may have for tackling this design issue!

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