Finding Your Zone In An Open-Plan Home

You may be finding it challenging to share a space with your family right now. Especially if you live in an open-plan home.

Normally you love the open feeling of a shared living/dining area. But after a few weeks of trying to work, eat, play and rest all in the same space, now might be the time to seek out your own personal zone.

But what’s the best way to do that?

How can you find some personal space, without building walls?

Here, our Design Director, Rachael Kilby-Tyre (BIID) gives some top tips on how to find some space and keep sane in your open-plan home.


“I am a big fan of using rugs to zone an open-plan home. Their versatility is key”, says Rachael.

Not only can they define a space; rugs can add warmth to a stone floor, make a hard surface more comfortable, can zone an area with pattern or texture, add colour to a neutral palette and be a noise softener if you want to define a quieter area.

Choose a rug with warmer materials if you want to define an area for comfort and relaxation.

Finding Your Zone In An Open-Plan Home

Or if you’ve recently had to set up a home office, a well-placed rug can be a stylish solution to zoning this new home office area.

Finding Your Zone In An Open-Plan Home

Move Furniture

Another temporary solution to zoning an open-plan home, advises Rachael, is to move larger items of furniture.

Moving a sofa or armchair, with its back to another area, can add a visual separation and appear to create a ‘new’ zone.

Finding Your Zone In An Open-Plan Home

Indoor Plants

Rachael thinks the trend for house plants is here to stay. Not only are they proven to be good for our sense of well-being, over-sized, large indoor plants can also provide a temporary green screen. Cleverly-placed, large-leaved plants can help zone an area in an open-plan home.

Finding Your Zone In An Open-Plan Home

“If you’re looking for a more semi-permanent solution, an open shelving unit could be used to separate two zones”, says Rachael.

Just think carefully about the items you want to display if they are to be seen from both sides.

Finding Your Zone In An Open-Plan Home

Also make sure the shelving unit doesn’t have a ‘better’ or more detailed finish on one side to the other, as some are units are designed to be placed against a wall only.


For a permanent solution to zoning a space, folding doors (which can be stacked back), sliding or pocket doors are a great way of differentiating a space with a home.

Finding Your Zone In An Open-Plan Home

Pocket doors (which benefit from not encroaching into the open room space when open) can be the ideal solution if you want to shut out noise and when you need privacy in an area. 

Finding Your Zone In An Open-Plan Home

“I love glazed doors”, says Rachael “and they can be the perfect solution if you still want light in your ‘new’ enclosed zoned space.

I hope my advice on finding your own zone will help you keep sane and enjoy your time in your open-plan home”!

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Rachael is the Design Director at My Interior Design School and is the personal Tutor to students on My Professional Interior Design Course.

If you’d like to join other students on this course and let her guide you through this 12 month Diploma online interior design course, see what you’ll learn, by clicking here.

Finding Your Zone In An Open-Plan Home
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