Very often, in a cramped one-room apartment, not one person has to live, but a family with children. But even in such difficult conditions, it is quite possible to arrange everything beautifully and functionally.
To do this, you need to be able to find the right colors and shades, as well as divide the territory into separate zones.
Space sharing techniques
Zoning space is not such a difficult task if you adhere to a number of basic rules.
If you are working with a rectangular room, in no case should you divide it using a straight rectangular line. Due to this division, you will get two narrow pencil cases, which does not look pretty at all.
For rooms with low ceilings, high partitions from floor to ceiling are taboo. They reduce the space, which is also not good for him. If the room itself is very small, then it should not be littered with all sorts of decorative trifles. In this case, preference should be given to styles such as minimalism or high-tech, where a lot of everything is not used at once.
Knowing these basic rules, you can start dividing your apartment into functional zones. This can be done in different ways.
The easiest way is to zone the room using different wallpapers. They may differ in color or texture. It can also be plain or printed wall coverings.
When dividing a room into two zones, one of them is always allocated as a place to sleep. This is where the wallpaper should be lighter. Calm pastel colors help to relax and distract from all stressful situations. Optimum colors are blue, light green, or yellow. It is these tones that are equally well perceived by both men and girls.
For a work area or a place that is used as a living room, it makes sense to choose something brighter. For example, beautiful embossed wallpaper or patterned wall coverings. If you want to create a special atmosphere in the room, then you can choose the appropriate photo wallpaper. For example, a wall covering depicting a forest, sea or city at night. The main thing is that the picture matches the color of both the selected furniture and the wallpaper in the other part of the room.
By the light
It is also quite possible to zone the room with the help of light. Combine natural light sources with artificial lighting. You can divide the territory of a one-room apartment using dim light in one part of the apartment and brighter lighting in another. Soft, dim lighting is best for the sleeping area, while bright lighting is best for the work area or where you host guests.
Use different lighting options. In addition to simple pendant chandeliers, neat sconces and comfortable floor lamps will also come in handy. Tiny LEDs can be used to highlight details.
And in the children's area, all kinds of colored lanterns or bright nightlights will not be superfluous.
A clearer division of the apartment into two separate zones can be done with the help of convenient partitions. There are many different options for such partitions. Some of them are taller, others, on the contrary, are not taller than a sofa or table.
The more spacious the room, the higher the partitions can be used in it. But for small rooms, a partition the size of an entire wall will not work.
The materials from which these partitions are made also differ. The most inconspicuous and suitable option for small rooms is translucent curtains or glass screens. If you divide the room in this way, then you will hardly notice this partition and it will not take up extra space. Due to its transparency, glass seems almost invisible, but at the same time it divides the room into several separate zones. Stained glass or glass decorated with colored patterns looks interesting.
Plasterboard partitions are also popular. This material is good because it can be decorated with panels or wallpaper, as well as interesting prints. For example, you can apply graffiti to a drywall wall. Partitions are well suited for small rooms of 17 or 18 square meters. m, and for more spacious premises with an area of 36 m2.
Using a niche
If the plan of the apartment allows, then in the niche you can also arrange a mini-zone. This is done if the apartment already has it. In a niche, you can place a table with shelves above it. This gives you a small work area. And if you install a wardrobe with sliding doors there, then you will have a small, but real dressing room.
Dividing a room space into separate zones is not at all such a difficult task as it seems at first glance. It is enough to know the basic principles, and then regardless of what you choose - interior partitions or contrasting colors of the walls, you will have a cozy and functional space with a thoughtful design.
There are many interesting layouts that you can use to place everything you need in one room.
For a family with a child
Very often a young family has to live with a small child in a one-room apartment. In order not to experience discomfort, you need to divide the room into two main zones. One part of the room will be a children's area, and the second will be a place for parents to relax.
The place where your baby will live should be lighter and brighter.
Calm colors are used in the parent area, and in the nursery, you can use interesting prints, bright patterns and unusual color combinations. Also, kids will like wallpapers with images of fairy-tale or cartoon characters. Choose wallpaper with your child so that the interior suits both you and the baby.
As a rule, the warmest and most comfortable place in the apartment is allocated for the children's room.to make the child feel as comfortable as possible. In addition, the sleeping area for the baby must certainly be functional. The more comfortable and multifunctional furniture you use, the more comfortable you and your baby will be. So, for example, instead of a regular bed, you can pick up a roll-out model or a bed that turns into a chair. All kinds of shelves and cabinets will also be useful, in which it will be possible to store the baby's things, even when he grows up.
Multifunctional items will also come in handy in the parent area. For example, a sofa bed, folding chairs, transforming chairs, folding tabletops, and so on. Suitable for separating the children's area from the parental and multifunctional partition. It can be folded in the daytime and unfolded at night.
How to combine a bedroom and a living room?
If you live alone or with your other half, then the second part of the room can be taken as a living room. It is best if in this way you will share a modern studio, and not a Soviet odnushka. Although there are many interesting ideas for both.
Combining a bedroom and a living room is quite simple. In the sleeping area, a wide bed with several neat cabinets or a small chest of drawers will be enough, where your things will be stored. The living room can accommodate a sofa and several beanbag chairs.It is these modern armchairs that best fit into the interior of a modern apartment. If necessary, you can arrange these chairs around the table, and when there are no guests, they can be easily removed in the closet or on the mezzanine.
The living room can also be equipped as a workplace. If you work from home or study in parallel, then you will need a place where it will be convenient for you to go about your business. The working area does not take up much space. It is enough to put a small table with an armchair or chair and hang shelves on top instead of massive cabinets, which also help save space.
They can be placed not only above the table, but also above the sofa or simply on any of the free walls.
Beautiful examples in the interior
You can make sure that even in a small room you can create something interesting by looking at a few real-life examples.
If you do not like plain classic rooms with a French window, then a simple restrained interior can be diluted with bright colors. In this room, a calm background is combined with bright accents, which only benefits the room. The room is divided into two main areas. One of them can be called a bedroom, and the second - a living room.
In this case, the bedroom is separated from the main space not only by a light translucent curtain. The bed is placed on a special platform. Inside this elevation there are lockers where you can store both bed linen and other things. The bed itself is located next to the window, which is also very practical. This way you get a lot of natural light. From artificial light sources, it is best to choose neat small sconces.
The sleeping area is separated from the living room by dark colored steps. The living room has a stylish red sofa and a small coffee table to match. Next to it will be a bookcase and a wicker basket for all sorts of little things that you use on a regular basis. In this area, in addition to a pendant chandelier, there is a place for a neat metal floor lamp.
To save space, do not place the TV on a table and stand, it is better to choose a wall-mounted model. This is an interesting and frequently used solution.
The second option is also a combination of a relaxation area with a bedroom, but supplemented with a place for work and made in light colors. It is based on beige and cream shades that visually expand even a fairly small room. The dark floor, furniture and inserts contrast with the light walls and partitions. The main light source is a simple ceiling chandelier.
The sitting area is separated from the bedroom by a functional partition with a built-in niche in which a TV can be placed. Light walls next to the work area will be complemented by a number of paintings and hinged shelves.
And in order not to spoil your eyesight and not interfere with anyone, sitting at the computer until late at night, use a sconce over the table.
A bed can be placed behind the partition. To prevent the light from a window or laptop from interfering with your normal rest, use a canopy made of light-colored fabric.
For baby and parents
Sharing a room with a school-age toddler is not easy. But if you equip him with a cozy seating area, then everything will be much easier. It is very beneficial to use different shades of green to decorate both zones. It is this color that we associate with nature and evoke positive emotions. Light green wallpaper helps you relax and find peace.
In order to zone the space, use different shades of this noble color. For the nursery, you can choose brighter accents, and for the parents' recreation area, lighter tones are suitable. If you combine them with glossy stretch ceilings of rich green color, you get a very cozy room. It will be complemented by photowall-paper with images of plants and small LED lamps on the ceiling.
The beds in both areas are light. It looks very nice in contrast to the dark wood floor. And the textiles are all made in the same shades of green. Small details complement the interior, which emphasize the belonging of the zones. So, the nursery is decorated with plush toys, and the room for adults is decorated with neat decorative pillows. Finally, don't forget about living plants. They will emphasize the simplicity and naturalness of the interior, and will also make the room much more comfortable.
If in the previous interior you did not like the abundance of colors, then you will definitely appreciate the room in calmer colors. The principle of dividing the premises is similar here. In one room there is a nursery for a child of primary school age, and in the second there is a functional living room, which at one point can be turned into a bedroom by simply expanding the sofa.
The children's room is decorated with light wallpaper with a calm print. There is a small single bed, a chest of drawers for several drawers and a workplace.
The lack of natural light is compensated by a bright chandelier for several bulbs.
The second zone is a place that can be used both as a living room and as a parent's bedroom. The corner sofa folds out easily. But during the day, this design does not take up too much space. This zone has its own chandelier, as well as a window sill, which, if necessary, can be converted into an additional workplace. Hanging cabinets are located above the sofa, and instead of a screen, there is a convenient rack where you can also arrange books and figurines.
One-room premises can be arranged in different ways. Of course, you cannot turn a tiny room into a place where a family of four can comfortably live. But you should always make the most of what you have. Then a one-room apartment will not seem so inconvenient to you.
For information on how you can divide one room into two zones, see the next video.