This division means that the TV volume doesn’t have to be cranked up to drown out the sounds of the exhaust fan, dishwasher and running water when the space is being used for multiple activities, but the whole effect is still open. Notice how the cabinetry, partition framing and sofa are linked through color, while the floor finish is continuous throughout for a pulled-together effect.
To maximize light, low furniture that sits at or below sill level is a must-have. Opt for window treatments that don’t obscure any of the glass when they’re open or, if privacy isn’t an issue, take a leaf out of this room’s book and go without.
A smaller partition like this one is best employed when noise between the areas of an open-plan room isn’t an issue, whether that’s because the two activities are equally quiet or the two zones aren’t used simultaneously.
Adding rugs — such as the textured one here — can also help define large, open spaces. This rug links the seating area and the modern fireplace.
Here, the central doors open, while the panels on both sides are fixed. If you were considering something comparable for your own home, it would be worth weighing the pros and cons between something like this and a design with bifolds that allow the two spaces to be fully open to each other when desired.
Repeating the look? A high-ceilinged room is the best place for this approach. In a less lofty space, a doorway works better than a transom for maximum head height.
If you’re inspired by this arrangement, bear in mind that it’s really for bathroom neatniks only. Discarded towels and plastic shampoo bottles can spoil the look of your bedroom as well as your bathroom with glass in place. And for many people, a closed-off loo may be preferable.
It’s worth considering how obscure you want to make the partition. Sandblasting allows control over the level of opacity. Window film is an option for a DIY revamp of a partition from see-through to concealing.
The result of this approach (as you can see in other photos of the project) is a contemporary-looking home, which is often the case where lots of glass is part of the architecture. But in this area of the house, the designer opted for a nod to classic coastal styling with doors that combine glass and a tongue-and-groove look. The result? The view of the sitting room from the hall looks characterful but also wonderfully light and bright.
Half-glass doors come in all sorts of styles and, with roots in the Victorian era, are often a good shortcut to adding period style.