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Screen it off: Three useful room divider screens

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Screens and room dividers are one of those great inventions that can help hide clutter and create space in an instant.

If your home is open-plan, or you’re in a studio flat, and have to live with your living space melding into your kitchen, dining area or bedroom, then a screen can be useful item to have to divide the space. You can use it permanently to separate and define different areas, or use it occasionally on an ad hoc basis.

Screens are great for hiding messy corners and clutter, for example if you’ve not got enough storage space. Plus, with many lovely designs available, a screen can act as a decorative piece or form of artwork in its own right.

If you’re considering investing in a room divider screen, then here are three screens on the market.

Ikea Risor room divider

Wooden room divider screen

This large solid wood black and white room divider is a good buy at £80 and will have plenty of uses. It’s designed by Julia Treutiger for Ikea and can easily be folded down for storage when not in use.

Beach Hut canvas screen

Contemporary room screen

Be reminded of warmer days by the sea, and enjoy a pleasant view in your home, with this beach hut design screen. The photographic image is painted on canvas, and the screen can be folded up when not in use. It’s available from Furniture in Fashion.

Arthouse Lunar metal screen

Metal room divider screen

This Arthouse lunar metal screen isn’t the best option if it’s clutter you want to hide, due to its cutwork metal effect. But if you’re choosing a screen on the basis of elegance and design, or want to ensure that a screen doesn’t darken your room too much, then this is where it shines. The three panel metal screen is £150 from Wallpaper Direct.

Five ways with…room divider screens

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

Fab Friday Bargains: Arthouse printed screens

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.

Contemporary room dividers

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.

Contemporary room divider

Wisteria screen

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.

Photographic canvas print room screen

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.

Screens and room dividers for a contemporary home

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.

Fresh Design Furniture: Casamania Opus Incertum bookcase

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
Contemporary designer bookcase

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.

Designer bookcase for a modern home

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.

Contemporary room divider screen

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?

Smarty Screen by Lockwood Design

Sunday, August 14th, 2011
Unique designer room divider screen

One of a kind screen

Isn’t this Smarty room divider screen bursting with colour?

It’s one off, handmade design by Anna Lockwood of Lockwood Design and is made from upholstered panels of wool felt.

The screen is given a funky look by not only the vibrant colours – red, purple, pink and orange – but also by the fact that the panels are two different alternating heights. The panels are finished off with distinctive contrasting buttons.

If you’d like to become the owner of this unique designer screen, then contact Lockwood Design for more details about purchasing it.

Bo Concept modern room divider

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
Modern contemporary home amari room divider

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.

B&B italia soft wall room divider from Mac and Mac Interiors

Monday, May 2nd, 2011
Soft felt wall storage room divider

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.

Ikea Risor room divider screen

Friday, July 2nd, 2010
Divide your room

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.

Three stunning room screen dividers

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

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

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

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.

 

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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.

 
 
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