Millennium Tower Loft-HallContemporary Hall, Seattle
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6. Divide space with open-backed shelving. One of the easiest ways to create a room-within-a-room is by using open-backed shelving placed perpendicular to the wall — and it works equally well in small and large spaces. The trick is to arrange open shelving so that it looks good from both sides. Stack books horizontally rather than vertically; place items in baskets that look good from all angles; and mix in plenty of pretty objects such as vases, candles and bowls. Also be aware of safety: if you have young children, or live in earthquake country, you will need to secure the shelving to a wall and/or the floor.
Infuse a modern room with tradition. "The inspiration for these shelves came from seeing the grandiose redwood planks that were salvaged from a 22-foot-high wine barrel," says Polina Zaika of MusaDesign Interior Design. "We preserved the burned interior of the barrel on the side of the shelves. The minimalism of this home's interior was screaming for some soulful elements like wood. It almost looks like the bone structure of an old house."
A shelving unit is one of the easiest pieces to use as a divider. It allows the eye to travel through and see the other side, while still giving the sense of separation. Plus, it becomes decorative when filled with unique and personal items.