Half-walls typically separate living spaces without closing off adjoining rooms to leave an open, spacious feel to both rooms. Decorate a half-wall to complement both rooms, add interest and take advantage of the built-in room divider. The items you use to decorate the half-wall should incorporate colours or elements from each of the rooms.
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Colors and Patterns
Paint the half-wall different colours on each side to complement the specific decor of each room. Use wallpaper, stencils or murals if you'd rather add more detail and design. For example, a floral or fruity wallpaper could don the kitchen side of a half-wall, while the other side can be painted bright red to match the dining room decor.
Items on the Wall
Place items on the wall that work with both rooms and fit the scale of the rooms and wall. Line smaller items, such as votive candles or small figurines, on a wall in tight spaces to avoid filling the open space, which could make the rooms feel even smaller and cramped. Consider taller or bigger items, such as vases, pillar candle arrangements, pottery or statues, in a larger space and wider ledge. Three-dimensional picture frames or cubes that allow pictures to be seen from both sides work as well. The items you place on the ledge of the half-wall should be visible from both sides of the wall. A series of small potted plants, colourful bud vases or bowls are other ideas. If you like to keep small treats on hand, consider clear glass jars filled with colourful candies and treats.
Place furniture such as sofas, buffets or low bookcases against the half-wall to free up space in the centre of the room or expand on the idea of a built-in separator by incorporating into the design and function of the space. Hang low pendants or track lighting from the ceiling above the half-wall to showcase your trinkets and treasures that are on display on the ledge.
Build On It
Build up from the half-wall to create built-in shelves that are open on both sides to hold pottery, vases, lamps, pictures, collectibles or other knick-knacks. Build shelves or cabinets against the half-wall on one side to add built-in storage and display space. Install shutters, curtains or beads to separate the two rooms if you want more privacy. Shutters can be opened and fabric or beaded curtains can be pushed aside when you want the space to be open again.
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