The Purpose of a Folding Room Divider
Screens are used as free-standing room dividers, which can be both attractive as well as functional. In terms of interior design, room dividers can suit any chosen décor. For example if you have an Oriental inspired theme then you may consider a Shoji screen or printed Decorative Lagoon Black screen that will accentuate your styling by adding beauty and grace. Sometimes the greatest effect can be with one Oriental style furniture piece set in a home or office with a completely different décor style which means that new look it is not beyond your budget!
Here is our Boudoir decorative canvas screen which, for example, makes a perfect bedroom or retail changing area.
Where to use screens or room dividers
There are no limits to the versatility of our top quality and beautifully crafted screens. Our screens are ideal for:
- Homes, Apartments and Studios
- Fitness and Well-Being Studios, Hairdressing Salons and Beauticians
- Hotels and Restaurants
- Therapy Rooms, Clinics, Doctors, Dentists
- Offices, Workplaces, Conservatories
- Schools, Youth Clubs
- Museums, Exhibitions and Film Sets
Most importantly room dividers or screens are accent pieces which add character to any area and provide a focal point and visual interest. For this reason we offer you a huge variety of different types of high quality screens – Oriental, Shoji and Printed Decorative screens – and your preference will depend on the function and style you wish to create. They are designed to add elegance, either as textural pieces or with simple yet stunning designs.
Our Decorative screens incorporate traditional Japanese images based on the flowers and bamboo such as the Lagoon Black three panel screen as well as more stunning modern iconic images – such as the Marilyn three panel screen or the Hats three panel screen
Japanese interiors use natural and neutral colours which emphasize shape and geometric architecture. These natural earth colours are essential to eastern design and its philosophy of simplicity. When a statement is made in a Japanese interior, it is usually through a single strong exclamation of colour or a predominant texture. Natural eco-friendly materials are also used in their construction – such as pine wood and rice paper.
Don’t be fooled – not all screens being sold are of top quality! It’s really important to buy the finest product as a screen is designed to be visible and catch the eye but that doesn’t mean you have to break the budget! All our screens are sourced from the best craftsmen and finished to a high standard. Don’t compromise with quality as the overall impression will not be as pleasing.
Using and Placing Your Screen
Think about how you will use the screen. If your space requires a heavy duty room divider (such as an area with heavy footfall or children running around) perhaps consider a printed canvas Decorative screen like the Lagoon Black 3 panel room divider which is a heavier and more robust, rather than the Shoji screens which need to be handled with some care.
A screen can easily and quickly be used to divide rooms and create a more efficient use of space. Our screens are all portable and most are lightweight which means they can be stored easily and moved quickly. They also have two-way hinges which allow you to folding it into a single panel for storage and different configurations.
Remember, some screens are single sided and have a black background whilst others are double-sided and so the pattern or texture can be viewed from both sides. You will need to take this into consideration when purchasing and placing your screen.
The following examples show just how flexible our screens can be, giving you some tips for their use:
A. ROOM DIVIDERS
Many of us now live in contemporary homes with open plan living spaces. Studio flats and apartments are often open-plan. A versatile screen will allow the area to be manipulated to fit your requirements. Perhaps you would like to screen off the dining area for a dinner party or even create two distinct rooms for more flexible space?
Two of our Shoji Black four panel screens have been carefully placed to divide the dining area in this open plan living room, from the lounge area – creating an intimate and appealing living space without losing light and atmosphere. In reflecting Japanese design principles, the Shojis bold frame contrasts beautifully with the light and airy rice paper. It is particularly effective on a high gloss dark wood floor.
B. CHANGING THE ROOM SHAPE
Screens can also be placed around the edges of a room, to change the whole shape and effect of the space. The larger the screen the more flexible panels you have to work with and by placing two four panels together you have the ultimate versatility.
C. SCREENING AREAS
A screen can also hide areas such as workstations, under-stairs clutter, a gradually growing jigsaw, the washing or overflowing toy boxes!
This photo of our beautiful Oriental Zukku four panel screen shows the effect that can be gained when placing a screen to mask a work area. Here the light behind the screen gives a translucent affect, whereas with no back-lighting the object behind the screen disappears altogether.
D. PRIVATE SPACES / PRIVACY SCREENING
Shoji, Oriental and Decorative screens have proved particularly very popular as privacy screens for therapists and salons. A cosy intimate area can quickly be created for reading, meditation, relaxation, sleeping or even private discussions. It is very easy to use a screen to make a space appear warmer and comforting. With a screen you have the opportunity to be creative in your use of space. You can also add a decorative touch to the bedroom by placing a folding screen at an angle in the corner.
Here our Sukuri Walnut four panel Screen has been placed to use as concealed dressing area. As this screen is opaque object behind the screen is obscured – even when the light comes from behind. This can be a great addition for guests sharing a bedroom and can also make a wonderful accent to any bedroom. The space created by the separation of a screen will help create a very private and cosy atmosphere.
E. PROVIDING A FOCAL POINT
Screens also look very stylish when other pieces of furniture are placed in front of them. Adding a beautiful piece of furniture or chair and potted plant in front of your screen will add interest to your decorating scheme and complete your look. It will draw the viewer’s eye to specific areas of interest and make a focal point for any room.
The photo shows our Akita Cherry four panel screen masking the under-stairs area, creating a cupboard and changing the shape of a corner. By placing a large vase directly in-front of the room divider a focal point as been created. If a lounge lacks a fireplace, a screen can also provide the main room focal point.
F. PROVIDING SHADE IN CONSERVATORIES OR ON PATIOS
Our Best Seller – the Matsu Natural four panel screen – is shown here in a Conservatory. Positioned in front of a window it can create just the right balance of light diffusion and lovely shaded dappled glow. Do remember, however, that constant exposure to the sun may affect the colour of the natural wood.
Our Oriental Screens can also be placed on a patio for an evening in the summer sunshine – and easily folded and brought indoors for storage.
G. SCREENS FOR CHILDREN’S BEDROOMS OR PLAYROOMS
A screen can serve many purposes in a child’s bedroom or playroom. If the playroom also doubles as a space for entertaining or relaxing a screen can quickly turn the area into an adult space, hiding the toys and screening off the playstation or games cupboard.
If children share a room a screen can be used to create a personal space for each child. Toy storage can also be divided from play areas and distinct places for reading, homework or creative play can easily be created.
Your Screens At Home
We would love to see and hear examples of how you have used our screens. Please send a photo to us and we will include the best ones on our design tips page.
Judy Lorraine Hewitt-Day was kind enough to send us pictures of her Orchids and Roses 3 Panel Canvas Screen which is being used as a divider between her hallway (rose side) and sitting room (orchid side).
We were recently contacted by Bethan Bullock, an A2 Product Design and Textile student at Kings of Wessex Academy, who was involved in an interesting project “Working closely with a client and given brief to create a portfolio of designs and research which had built the foundations for the making of the final product using skills accumulated over the course, where innovation was key. Create a room screen which includes four or more materials and folds shut to form an artistic feature.”
Bethan shared her design with us to get our feedback, and we think it is great! What do you think?