Hide the unslightly and add style

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An interior decorating screen is somewhat like a woman in a veil.  It hides what you want to hide while fostering mystery and intrigue.

Room screens since the Chinese began using them as far back as 200 B.C.  The Japanese adopted them in the seventh century while Europeans lagged behind in this decorating trend until the 1600’s.

The first screens were elaborately decorated with paintings and carvings and they originally functioned as art and status symbols.

Screens have evolved into a practical interior design tool.  How else could you alter the structure of a home without making a single structural change? Folding screen room dividers are easily removable and storable when not needed since they are freestanding. The best part of using a screen is that they can be moved with every decorating whim.

A screen recently came to the rescue when the Artichoke team had to come up with a last minute headboard. An animal skin pattern tri-fold screen was paired with a rich paisley for a dramatic twist on a classic.

A screen is a fail proof way to liven up a dreary room by filling dead spaces. When used in an empty corner of a room, a landing, a patio and behind a pair of chairs, a screen can immediately add interest and sophistication. Consider using a screen as an unexpected headboard.

In a large space, screens can be used to provide a sense of intimacy. It can separate a dining area from a living area in a large, open space.

Privacy is the side benefit to a beautiful screen and a space tucked behind a screen is suddenly a cozy, dedicated safe space.

Screens are a great way to hide something unsightly and any clutter. You can hide just about anything from anything from bad architecture to stereo equipment.

If you don’t have room for a home office, consider a screen in your living room or bedroom by placing a desk on the other side of the screen in those rooms. The desk is out of view in the evening when relaxation is the goal and the bed is out of view during the work day when you wish you could relax!

A screen, whether an ornate antique or fabricated today, can offer an element of style while concealing something unattractive…or even downright ugly!


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