By giving the interior of your space a more functional flow in terms of how the space is used, you can often feel as though the interior square footage has increased just by using some simple tricks. Interior designers and decorators will tell you that the functional use of a space is more important than the actual square footage alone. This does not mean that more square footage can’t help you out, it just means that we can do much with the space we’ve got if we pay attention to how it flows. This is where things like these room dividers and screens come in.
If you think that square footage is the only determining factor about how your space feels, then you are missing the mark, as we’ve tried to highlight. The greater point to consider is how you can help that space to feel more open and flow effectively. This is exactly what these decorative screens do for you. You should also know that there are a variety of styles that can help you to tie them in with the overall decor of your home; wood, metal, glass panels, painted, etc.
You can certainly get new life in your space just from positioning some of these screens in the right way. Some ideas to think about: don’t just use them to hide holes, unattractive aspects or use for storage. DO use them to add a visual element and interest to an otherwise ‘stale’ area. You can also use them against a wall or to create a ‘false wall’ but this can be tricky. Sometimes, using them in this way will come out looking awkward.
There are other sliding screen options that date back for hundreds if not thousands of years. These are the Shoji screens from Japan. There are traditionally made with cedar wood for the rails and stiles and then utilize rice paper for the panel material itself. They provide for both privacy and allow light to pass. In many ways, these are the foundation for what decorative screens today are made after.