Saturday, March 23, 2013

Decorating With Folding Screens

The folding screen was originally made in China but is now a mainstay in interior design throughout the world thanks to its beauty and functionality . By the end of the 19th century, they were highly fashionable. Extremely versatile, screens are a wonderful addition to any space and they bring so much style to a room.They can guide visitors through your home by defining pathways and halls. Folding room dividers are an economical way to add character and individuality to an otherwise dull and boring room. You can also use a screen to hide less attractive features in your home. They’re a decorative way to conceal just about anything you don’t want seen.Screens are masters at separating different spaces in your home. If your home has large rooms or rooms that flow into one another with no natural break, use a screen or two to define and separate spaces.A folding screen can be a decorator’s secret weapon. 

Now that we have established how useful they are, I 'd like to list my favorite reason for using screens. They are lovely to look at. I love them for purely aesthetic reasons. Rooms look fabulous with screens and that's just the bottom line.

They are available in an assortment of styles and colors, so that they will blend in with just about any style of decor. This way you do not have to change your entire room to match the divider.You will be amazed at all the different choices available to you.

Antique 18th century screens are very beautiful and expensive  You can make an alternative by having a frame built and using one of the many lovely period wall papers out there today. Attach some decorative hardware and you will have a wonderful addition to your decor.

Unbelievable French Boudoir Barbola Screen. This is only for those who have no problem with modesty.

I love the fabric inserts in this pretty antique screen.
Fabric is another alternative if you are considering making a screen of your own.

There are many new styles found in home decor stores.

Doors and shutters can be used to create folding screens.

A beautiful French screen.

A Chinoiserie style mirrored fretwork screen.

This home owner has used their screens to display pictures.

There are so many styles to choose from.

A Coromandel Screen is a wooden folding screen coated in dark lacquer that is carved before being painted with gold or varied colors.

Screen are wonderful for hiding technical equipment that involves alot of cords such as your stereo, tv or computer.

A more modern style.

My favorites screens are the ones that have a mural or scene of some kind painted on them.

Here is an example of an oriental style screen.

This image shows another way the same screen is used as wall art.

CoCo Chanel was an avid collector of Chinese folding screens, especially the Coromandel screens like these  shown in this dining room, and is believed to have owned 32 folding screens of which eight of them were housed in her apartment at 31 rue Cambon, Paris

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