From Houzz. If you have two rooms next to each other like a family room/living room or living room/dining room; a great way to divide them without closing them in is by creating an open dividing plan that might include some decorate shelving on either side. If you can incorporate some accent lighting within those pillars at the ceiling height - even better!
Belsize Shelving. This elegant room divide is also structural. Knocking through the two rooms meant having a very large supporting beam, however by making the uprights out of steel we used one a fraction of the size (and cost!). These uprights were clad with lacquered MDF that have a hidden adjustable peg system to make the shelves appear floating
In this home, the front door opens immediately to the living room, but a freestanding folding screen offers slight separation between the areas. In addition to saving money on a costly renovation, the partition defines space while still allowing light to pass freely throughout the faux entry and living room.
Columned room divider with low shelves separates front door from living area in an open, simple way. Would be a good way to create an entryway if I remove the wall there now and especially if the wall turns out to be load-bearing.
Problem: No entryway. Solution: Make one with a partition screen. Close off the adjoining room with a screen and place a table on the entry side. Since it is pushed up against the partition, the table will make the screen feel more like a wall and less like a randomly placed object.