A four-poster bed can be a simple and contemporary design and still create an intimate space in a large room.
A contemporary interpretation of the idea has the bed in a room defined by sheer fabric hanging from a raised ceiling.
Not limited to Western design, the posts and "ceilings" of traditional Chinese beds create that room-within-a-room quality.
A large living area can be enriched by a smaller room within. While the piano sits in the larger volume space, columns and a change in ceiling height create a more intimate conversation area.
Using a screen of columns at the side of a room creates an intimate place to read while maintaining connection to the larger room.
Using the step up and seating structure for spatial separation — and the fireplace as a focal point — this inglenook is a room within the larger context of rooms around it.
Not just an approach for living rooms and bedrooms, the idea of a room within a room can be used in bathrooms to create a special place to shower or bathe.