15+ Clever Room Divider Ideas

A gamechanger for just about any space.

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Stephan Julliard

Whether you're on the hunt for a stylish accent to separate spaces in an open layout or spruce up a drab corner, room dividers are a clever accent that can transform an interior. This versatile design solution is brilliant for small and large spaces alike. Plus, beyond traditional folding screens, everything from a pair of bookshelves to a glass wall can serve as room dividers.

For inspiration, we've rounded up some of our favorite room divider ideas, which are gamechangers for dining areas, living spaces, and more.

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1 Go for a Tall, Neutral Design
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William Waldron

Sometimes, a neutral space calls for a statement design accent to serve as the finishing touch. Here, designer Richard Mishaan used a tall neutral folding screen to add warmth to a living room in a New York City loft.

2 Incorporate a Sliding Glass Screen
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Douglas Friedman

A frosted glass screen adds visual interest—and privacy—to a Beverly Hills dining space renovated by Jamie Bush and architect Dennis Gibbens.

3 Consider a Vintage Screen
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Douglas Friedman

The personality-packed Greenwich Village home of Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan features a striking Fornasetti screen. It's the perfect backdrop for the white walls and a Vladimir Kagan settee in an ivory bouclé.

4 Hang a Curtain
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William Abranowicz

An elegant neutral curtain divides the living area in an industrialist San Francisco loft.

5 Add Character with a French Design
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Pablo Sarabia

Spanish fashion designer Jorge Vázquez’s Madrid home is a lesson in maximalism. The playful dining area features a 19th-century French screen, featuring a botanical print that complements a Cole & Son wallpaper.

6 Opt for a Japanese Screen
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Oberto Gili

An antique screen, positioned between a pair of gilt mirrors, injects personality into a dining room Ken Fulk designed for the American ambassador's residence in Vienna.

7 The Power of Two
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William Waldron

Believe it or not, a pair of bookshelves can work perfectly as room dividers, as seen in this SoHo loft designed by Richard Mishaan. The gold shelving units separate the living area from the family room.

8 Choose a Punchy Color
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Looking for a decorative piece for a lackluster corner? A textured folding screen in a punchy color, like blue, is the perfect solution.

9 Try a Glass Wall
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Dylan Lim Suarez

Model Natalie Lim Suarez settled on sleek glass doors to separate her bedroom from the living area in her Brooklyn loft. The custom sliding design plays up the apartment's airy, zen-like feel.

10 Inject Personality with a Korean Screen
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Simon Upton

The sitting room of a London townhouse includes a statement Korean screen from the 19th-century, which was purchased at Christie's. The black screen adds contrast to the teal sofa by Nicholas Haslam Ltd.

11 Embrace a Statement Faux Leather Screen
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Thom Filicia

A black faux leather crocodile screen adds balance to a palette of grays in a luxurious living room by Thom Filicia.

12 Go Bold with a Chinese Screen
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Courtesy of Chanel

“When I look at them, I see doors opening and knights setting off on horseback,” Chanel said of the beloved screens in her apartment. The Chinese screens, which she used in all of her homes, create an additional focal point in the eye-catching living space.

13 Install Wood Doors
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William Waldron

Wood doors from Uruguay make a statement in the entryway of a spacious home of dealer and collector Benoist Drut of Maison Gerard.

14 Experiment with a Patterned Pair
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Stephan Julliard

A set of patterned screens enhance the sitting room of a London pied-à-terre by designer Irakli Zaria. The custom screen designs are by .

15 Flank a Fireplace
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Eric Piasecki

For a Tuxedo Park, New York, estate, interior designer Ernest de la Torre opted to flank the sitting room's fireplace with a pair of Chinese lacquered screens.

16 Consider an Upholstered Style
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Tim Street Porter

Actor Ellen Pompeo's Hollywood Hills home, which was designed by , features his upholstered screen designs.

17 Use a Bookshelf
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Richard Powers

An eye-catching bookshelf, pulled away from the wall library-style, divides an open space.

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