Archive for the ‘Room dividers and screens’ Category
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
We love open-plan living – large, airy, light-filled spaces that combine a variety of functions, such as living/dining/kitchen. Despite the many advantages, though, one obvious disadvantage of open-plan living is that it can be hard to hide clutter, or create an intimate feel on demand.
That’s one reason why we love room screens – they’re an easy, portable way of dividing a room, and can be very versatile. Here’s our guide to how to use them in your home.
1. Screens in children’s rooms
Relatives visiting? Simply shovel all the clutter behind this screen, et voila! A tidy room. Screens in children’s rooms are also great for creating ‘dens’ or partitioning some individual space in a spared room. We love this bright printed screen from Arthouse, as the colourful design will suit a range of ages.
Priced at £75, for more details and a list of stockists visit the Arthouse website.
2. Bedroom screens
Create your own dressing room with this mirrored bedroom screen. It doubles as a full-length mirror, so you just need to add a corner hanging rail and a chair, both hidden by the screen. When placed opposite a window, it’s also great for reflecting light back into the room to brighten up a dark area. Priced at £399, for more information visit the Newton’s Furniture website.
3. Outdoor screens
Yes, really! This lovely screen, also from Arthouse, isn’t weatherproof but is ideal for short term use hiding a shed, compost heap or bins ready for you to hold the perfect garden party. Arthouse also do rose trellis and beach designs.
Alternatively, you could make your own all-weather version with some garden centre trellising and hinges, and, if you’re planning for your screen to be a fairly static addition to your garden, position some pots of climbing roses in front of it.
4. Living/dining room screen
Although it’s designed as a dressing screen, we think this solid carved wood screen from the French Bedroom would work equally well in a living room. In the winter, use it to create an intimate dining or sitting area, and help reduce draughts.
It would also be great for screening off the kitchen area to create a little privacy while you’re cooking, if you don’t want your guests to see the work in progress. Was £495, now reduced to £395.
5. Other uses and DIY screens
Screens around the home are always useful – you can use them as draught excluders, to temporarily divide a shared bedroom for guests, to block off an unused doorway or screen a pile of untidy belongings.
If you want to be sure of finding a screen to tie in with your décor, you can always customise your own. Start with a cheap screen, or if you really want to do it from scratch, create your own using a wooden frame filled with hardboard panels. Make at least three panels for stability, and four if you want a bigger screen. Next, you can customise it, and this is where you can really give your creative side free rein.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Paint your screen a suitable colour, and add a mural, stick on decals or use a stencil.
- Using a staple gun, attach sheets of curtain interlining all over the screen. Staple the fabric of your choice over it, attaching it only around the edges, and glue some braid over to hide the staples. This will give a slightly padded screen that you can use as a pinboard if you like.
- Use decoupage – cut pictures from magazines, paste them over the screen so that they slightly overlap, and paint the whole thing with varnish.
- Cover your screen with wallpaper.
- Get creative, and personalise your screen with sequins, feathers, shells or anything else that takes your fancy.
By Sara Walker
Friday, June 1st, 2012
It’s a while since we last featured screens and room dividers, so here are some gorgeous Arthouse screens that are currently pretty fab bargains.
Tree design screen
For a monotone look, this trees silhouette screen is perfect. It’s got four hinged panels and just the right amount of design. It was £99, but is currently reduced to £67.50.
This three panel patterned screen is printed with a teal blue background and wisteria floral design. It was £85, but is now reduced down to £63.75.
Beach scene screen
What a brilliant way of bringing the beach into your home! This screen, with four canvas panels, is printed with a stunning beach scene – it looks so peaceful and calming. It was £90, but is now £67.50.
Starry night screen
This starry night screen features a stunning lit up cityscape. There are three linked panels and it was £75, but is now £56.25.
All of these Arthouse screens and room dividers, are available from Wallpaper Direct – lots of other designs are also reduced in their sale.
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
Opus Incertum bookcase
We love a good bookshelf design and this one is certainly eye-catching!
Designed by Sean Yoo for Casamania, the Opus Incertum is made from recyclable expanded polypropylene. There are numerous honeycomb shaped segments which work as shelves, where you can store books, CDs, DVDs or other items.
One piece on its own works well as a bookcase or display cabinet, but you can also use several pieces to create a larger display system for a home or office. Several bookcases joined together on the wall to form a larger display unit look really effective.
In addition, it’s got the creativity and charm to double up as a room divider or screen, with the shelves used for their storage capacities or kept open to let light shine through.
The Opus Incertum bookcase is in stock at Made in Design and is available in black, white or gold. How would you use it?
Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
Modern room divider
Room dividers do as their name suggests – they help divide space within a room.
In a large lounge-diner, for example, a room divider can be used to separate the space into two functional areas, so that your living and lounging area is distinctive to your dining zone.
Whilst you may think of room dividers as being big, bulky pieces of furniture, that shut off sections of a room and make the space darker in doing so, that’s certainly not always the case, as this modern room divider from Bo Concept demonstrates.
It serves the practical purposes of dividing space, but does so in a way that makes the divider a feature in its own right. There’s shelving space provided so that you can display your favourite home accessories or ornaments, but plenty of open space and light, so that the two areas of the room still blend into one, even though the separate areas are defined.
In fact, this divider can be customised to your own requirements – panels can be added to the bottom shelf, so that you’ve got space to hide clutter within it, as well as retaining some open shelves for other items.
The Amari room divider is made from black stained oak veneer and can be purchased from Bo Concept.
Monday, May 2nd, 2011
Wall divider with storage
Room dividers are a great way of making a large space more functional and dividing space up into different uses. Whilst many room dividers and screens do have a decorative element included in their design, this modern B&B Italia room divider adds another dimension – storage.
Designed by Carsten Gerhards and Andreas Glucker in 2002, for B&B Italia, the soft wall room divider is made from felt, with a metal frame on the base.
The room divider has a sculptural feel to it and there are various different sizes of slots all over the piece, where photographs, pictures, postcards, magazines or other bits and pieces can be slotted in.
The B&B Italia soft wall room divider would look as much at home in a bedroom as it would in an office. It’s available in two sizes and can be purchased from Mac & Mac Interiors.
Friday, July 2nd, 2010
Divide your room
We’ve written before about our love for room dividers and screens - they’re great for creating a division in open plan rooms, or for hiding your clutter behind.
This Risor room divider is new in at Ikea and is made from solid wood, with polypropylene plastic. Designed by Julia Treutiger, we particularly like the fact that the plastic inserts will still allow light to come through, as some dividers are big, heavy and can make a room feel darker when they’re in use.
The divider screen folds down when it’s not in use, which is great for all you space saving fiends.
For more details, head over to Ikea, where the Risor room divider is available for the fantastic price of £79.
Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
Screens or room dividers are great for using in rooms of your home where you want to screen off or hide certain parts of a room, such as cluttered corners, or divide your space into particular areas, such as splitting your living area into a relaxation zone and a home office.
Screens come in a variety of decorative designs and sizes and can be works of art in their own right. Here are three of our favourites.
1. Landscape photo screen
Room with a view
This handmade personalised screen divider is made to your own design and uses high quality digital landscape images.
You can choose the image you want and it’s printed onto the hardwearing canvas screen, giving you effective wall art, as well as a practical room divider. If you’d like an inspirational view, then images of the countryside or sea work really well.
The screen is available with between two or four panels and costs from £249 from Bags of Love.
2. Oriental hand carved decorative screen
Black oriental screen
This striking black oriental screen is made from wood and has three panels. The traditional cherry blossom tree design, with branches going across each of the three panels, is hand carved
It’s a sophisticated piece, a good size for room dividing and screening purposes and the colours would work well in a contemporary home.
The oriental screen is available from Graham and Green for £775.
3. Wave curved screen divider
Wave room divider
For a change from the usual rectangular screens, this contemporary Scandinavian screen divider is curved into a wave-like design.
It’s made from nine layers of plywood and is available in cherry, maple or oak veneer finish.
The wave screen can be ordered from i-Modish for £349.
Mandarin fretwork panel screen
Matt Gagnon hardwood screen
Friday, June 5th, 2009
Mandarin fretwork screen
We love screens (and hiding untidy areas of a room) and were pleased to find this lovely Chinese fretwork panel screen.
Made in China of 100% solid elm wood and finished off with a black laquer, the four panel screen features Mandarin fretwork in the top of each panel, and solid wood in the bottom half. The screen is sold as a four panel screen, but there is the option to have additional panels added in if you’d like.
The Mandarin four panel screen, or room divider, is available from Orchid Furniture for £980.
Friday, May 22nd, 2009
Matt Gagnon hardwood screen
Open plan living is great in many ways, but sometimes there are moments when it’s good to be able to hide certain areas (clutter, perhaps?) or divide the space up into smaller segments.
That’s where the benefits of portable screen dividers come in, as they can be easily moved around to hide corners you don’t want to have on view all the time and create a new look in your open plan living.
This hardwood screen is made by designer Matt Gagnon. It’s made from natural materials, has a nice earthy feel to it and can provide privacy when you need it. It’s available from 2Modern and costs $2,100.