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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
Fin­ish­ing
Podi­um
enfilade lay­out
Cab­i­net fur­ni­ture
glass blocks
Zon­ing with light
Tex­tile and decor

Or read every­thing from begin­ning to end!

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.

Design­er Oksana Agapono­va:

In the nurs­ery, most often there is a prob­lem of sep­a­rat­ing the sleep­ing area from the play or study area. I like it when one zone is sep­a­rat­ed from anoth­er not only by fur­ni­ture or par­ti­tions, but also by dif­fer­ent design. It can be a dif­fer­ent wall cov­er­ing, a dif­fer­ent col­or and even a dif­fer­ent ceil­ing.

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.

Design­er Maria Shusharo­va:

Increas­ing­ly, devel­op­ers offer stu­dios from 19 to 25 square meters. m. And this is real­ly a task for the design­er. Entrance hall, bath­room, kitchen and bed — all this should be placed in a small area. In addi­tion, remote work has made its own adjust­ments, and more and more often they are asked to place a work area. Our favorite zon­ing tech­nique is light par­ti­tions. It can be shelves, slats, glass, but not a main wall. Air and vol­ume must be pre­served. That is why we always try to make a sin­gle floor cov­er­ing in a small space, and the zones are sep­a­rat­ed by a translu­cent struc­ture. As, for exam­ple, in a stu­dio of 25 sq. m for a young man. A bright accent par­ti­tion made of met­al and glass suc­cess­ful­ly sep­a­rates the kitchen area, work­place and liv­ing room.

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.

Design­er Anna Taraso­va:

In one project, we encoun­tered a very long and nar­row cor­ri­dor. I had to divide it into 4 parts with the help of small par­ti­tions. As a result, they made an enfilade zon­ing scheme. It turned out to be small but com­fort­able areas: an entrance hall, a dress­ing room, a library, a hall. Since the cor­ri­dor was quite nar­row, built-in wardrobes 42 cen­time­ters deep were installed and mir­rors were added. A niche was cre­at­ed in the library area with the help of open shelv­ing, and a pouffe was placed in the niche. The cor­ri­dor ceased to be monot­o­nous, and the room was rad­i­cal­ly trans­formed.

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.

Design­er Natalia Sol­nt­se­va:

When the cus­tomer cat­e­gor­i­cal­ly does not want to com­bine the kitchen and liv­ing room into one, a good solu­tion for space zon­ing is the use of glass blocks built into the walls. At the same time, the inte­ri­or of any small room, in our case, the kitchen, will not visu­al­ly look closed. This approach has sev­er­al advan­tages. First­ly, the frost­ed or trans­par­ent glass blocks them­selves with var­i­ous vol­u­met­ric tex­tures dec­o­rate the inte­ri­or, add zest. Sec­ond­ly, they sim­ply attract atten­tion, becom­ing an excel­lent accent, which in our case per­fect­ly zones the din­ing area in the kitchen. Third­ly, any small room with such a wall solu­tion will always look visu­al­ly larg­er.

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.

Design­er Olga Vode­nee­va:

Car­pets, mir­rors, live pot­ted plants, framed paint­ings and mag­a­zine cov­ers help define the space and work as dec­o­ra­tive accents. At the same time, they are a spec­tac­u­lar tech­nique for com­plet­ing work on the inte­ri­or.