Half Walls- Old Becoming New Again.

April 15, 2017

How does that quote go? “ Everything that is old, is new again”? Well here is another example of that:

half wall dining room


Half walls are gaining popularity in homes again. They are designed to create a feeling of separation or division, but also impart a feeling of connection and openness at the same time:

half open wall


Half walls are also called knee walls or pony walls and were very popular in the 70’s. Most half walls are about 3 to 4 feet tall and is a great way to divide a space without closing it in.

This room divider separates the dining room from the living room with an architectural element, while preserving the openness between the two spaces:

living room half wall


Here half walls mark the boundary between the kitchen and the dining area, connecting the two visually while giving each a separate identity:

half wall2


half wall


I can understand how people like breaking up their spaces into smaller intimate areas. One reason is because it is much easier to decorate two smaller spaces than arranging furniture in one large room.

half wall living room


I have seen this idea not only between the kitchen and dining room, but also entryways:

half wall entry


entry wall



bedroom half wall


bedroom half wall2


And Baths:

bath pony wall


bath half wall


I love the idea of building storage and bookshelves under the walls:

half wall bookshelves


half wall bookshelves2


Very smart and beautiful!

Do you think half walls will continue to grow in popularity?

Happy Easter everyone!


  1. Very interesting and timely post. I have been toying with the idea of using a floor to ceiling open bookcase to give some separation between a living and dining room. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I think half walls are terrific! They were very much “in” in several times past (even as far back as late 1800’s to early 1900’s in certain construction styles) and I’m happy to see them used again. Call me crazy but, personally I have never been a fan of completely open concept rooms. 😉

    As always the photos you use on your posts are positively wonderful! Great inspiration!

    • Hi Remi,

      There are a few different kitchens in photos. Which one did you mean exactly? If you go to the link under each photo, you will be taken to original source where picture came from. Hope this helps!

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