Zoning – is a method of design which can help to divide the space (room, office) into different functional parts (zones). This method is a perfect variant for small apartments; it helps to make the accommodation more comfortable and practically convenient.
Living quarters are divided into the following parts, as a rule: private and general, rest and working, kitchen zone and sleeping area.
It must be admitted, that such a method has not only practical meaning, it has also semantic (psychological) meaning.
There are different ways to zone the space:
Partitions and folding screens
Partitions can be made of different materials: transparent or frosted glass, metal, wood, plywood, etc. There are partitions of more difficult construction with built-in lockers (cupboards) and shelves. It should be noticed, that partitions can be mobile (they can be transposed from one part of the room into another). A folding screen is a very old element of interior design, they were placed in bedrooms before. Today, folding screens are made of various materials, decorated with different beautiful elements and have not only practical but also aesthetic function, as well.
Zoning with the help of furniture
This way is one of the most common and simple. Piece of furniture designate directly each zone (kitchen, living room, hallway, etc.). These parts are divided from each other with the help of furniture, too: shelving, curbstones, bar counters.
Zoning with the help of curtains
You can easily divide the living quarters with the help of curtains; all you need is to install a ceiling cornice and to choose suitable coloring and texture of curtains.
It is not difficult and pretty functional to zone the room by using lamps and chandeliers of different style (design) and light intensity.
Living space can be showily divided into several parts by choosing a different color for each of them, without spending the treasured meters. Though, you should avoid too contrast combinations, as they can visually reduce the space.