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Screen the Entry with Shelves Support columns serve double duty when fitted with open shelves. The display areas visually divide the entry from the family room without shutting off either space.

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Reclaimed, Recycled, and Beautiful Floating Shelves

could use these shelves

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House Tours: A Vintage-Modern Condo

Screen Saver

A great way to open up a small space. Turn a dividing wall into an open cubby wall. Allows increased decorating and/or storage, but also flow of air, light, and sound

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How to Build a Columned Room Divider

a columned room divider

Room divider...such a great idea for that load bearing wall that you want to open up!

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!

fantastic open bookshelf/wall - We looked at a house with an open wall bookshelf, they are pretty sweet. I'd love to find a good place to put some.

room dividers- could be built around the column and keeps an open floor plan for resale value and can be made out of store bought cabnet

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

Living Room/Dining Room Divider Cabinetry w/Storage & Columns - PORTFOLIO - Kitchen, Bath, and Home Design | Mark Parsons Design, LLC

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Ideas for Transitional Elements and Room Dividers

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.

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Room Divider

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Ideas for Transitional Elements and Room Dividers

Define an Entry

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Solutions for Small Spaces

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.