As the open space concept are gaining popularity, so are half walls. Also known as knee walls, these are walls that are at a partial height and do not fully extend to the ceiling, closing off an area entirely. Instead, they are a solution to separating different areas while still maintaining an open space concept. However, it is crucial that a half wall is able to equally complement both rooms that it is separating and having a continuity of theme while one moves from one room to the other. Failing this, a half wall could stand out as an awkward looking object, creating an eyesore in the middle of a space. Here are some great ideas to decorate your half walls to avoid the aforementioned situation.
Utilize wallpapers or paint for a seamless transition
Paint and wallpapers are usually the first solutions that people think of to ensure that the color themes of the half wall and its corresponding rooms match. Having a matching theme would draw people’s attention away from the wall itself but instead, focus on the openness and airiness of the area. For something more unconventional, you can paint one side of your half wall in chalk paint and be creative with them. If this side is facing the kitchen, you can use it to write down grocery items or leave notes for other residents of the house. If it is in a play room, let your kids draw on it or you can use it as a fun project for the entire family to let their creative juices flow.
Decorative hanging storage to create interest
If you have a half wall separating your kitchen and dining room, you can use the space above the wall as a decorative storage space. Simply mount hooks to the ceiling and you are ready to create a decoration that is both aesthetically pleasing and functions as a storage space. Hang pots and pans on the hooks or secure a wrought-iron hanging pot rack. You can utilize the top of the half wall to store bowls of fresh fruits and vegetables. Add a countertop to the top of the half wall which matches your kitchen cabinets or worktops to further strengthen the cohesiveness between the kitchen and your dining room.
Matching wainscoting and baseboards to unite the theme of rooms
Wainscotings are panels, traditionally made from wood, that are lined at the bottom part of walls. On top of being functional, like providing insulation and protection to the original walls, wainscoting could also add style and elegance to the room. Baseboards, also called skirting, are boards covering the lowest part of the wall, concealing the joints between the floor and walls.
By modern wainscoting design you will achieve a cohesive theme between the rooms. Wainscoting decorations come in a myriad of looks and styles, allowing you to select one that best suits the current theme of the space. If the wainscoting and baseboards are both painted in the same contrasting color from other parts of the space, they will be attention-drawing and you will only see a perfectly merged common theme in the entire area.
Increase storage with built-in shelves
You can never have enough storage space in the house. If you have removed a wall to open up a space and building a half wall, consider making that wall into a double-sided shelf instead of a conventional wall. This is especially useful when your half wall is dividing the kitchen and living room where you can store dry goods, cookbooks, and recipes on the kitchen side while on the living room side, books and decorative items like framed photos will add appeal. From the floor to the top of your half wall shelf, you should have enough room for about three stacked shelves, which is a considerable amount of storage space. As a finishing touch, paint the shelves to match the furniture in both spaces.