NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 08: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) HGTV "Home Town" stars Ben Napier and Erin Napier visit People Now on January 08, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
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Avoid A Dark Living Room With One Smart Home Town Bookshelf Tip
In a season 1 "Home Town" episode, Ben and Erin Napier knock down the walls behind two bookshelves that flank the walkway between the dining room and the living space.
Dividing two rooms with open-back bookcases makes a home appear brighter, because the absence of full walls allows for more natural light to shine into the space.
Preserving or creating walls between rooms can make a home feel more comfortable, but it can also decrease light and space.
Using open-back bookcases to divide two rooms provides the perks of having an open floor plan, as well as the coziness that walls between rooms provide, with minimal disadvantages.