Screens in the interior have been used for a long time and successfully. At some point, you looked around your apartment, and you wanted to change something in it, but making repairs is a very long and expensive pleasure, but you want to change right now? A screen will help to bring something new, fresh to your apartment. But there are so many of them, and you are lost in the choice? We have highlighted the most basic characteristics for you to pay attention to. You have to understand all the nuances and features of using a screen in the interior in order to understand which one is yours.
# 1. A bit of history
Screens have come quite a long way before firmly gaining a foothold in modern society and gaining general recognition from both ordinary people and famous interior designers. They came to us from distant times. China is considered the birthplace of screens. Initially, people covered the entrance to their homes with fabric screens with beautiful paintings. They believed that she served as a protection and would never let unclean and evil spirits into their house. Screens were decorated with beautiful pebbles, shells, chic patterns were embroidered on them, they were loved and tried to make them as beautiful as possible. A little later, the fashion for screens reached Japan.
Japanese screens were made of durable paper. They were painted with paints, depicting fabulous and mighty dragons or stately tigers on them. From there, the fashion for screens moved to India. Indian screens looked simply unbeatable! Skillful, delicate, delicate wood carvings made them a real work of art. It was only in the 17th century that the first screens began to appear in Europe. True, initially they were used only as beautiful elements of the interior, and only in the next century these handsome men found practical use. Beautiful women excited the minds of men when they went behind the screen to put on their evening dress, and the shadow of their silhouette was clearly visible through the material.
# 2. We decide on the type of screen
To make it easier for you to navigate, here are selected the main options for possible screens and some tips for using them in the interior:
Folding screens. These are the simplest and most common, very lightweight and mobile designs. They, as a rule, consist of a frame made of metal or wood, on which the material of the future screen is attached, and has several doors. The principle resembles a window frame. Such a screen is easy to unfold, if necessary, it can be carried anywhere, depending on your need at that very moment. It’s very simple, easy and convenient. For example, your significant other is already asleep, but you really want to sit next to him in an armchair and read a book, but are you afraid to disturb the sleeping person with a light on? A folding screen will easily solve your problem. In addition, folding screens can be of completely different sizes, you can make it both for the entire length of the room, and for just a few sections. The price of such screens will also delight you.
Single-wing screens. They are very different in design from folding screens, as you probably could have guessed from the name. Such screens consist of only one frame, but this makes their functionality and possible external beauty no worse. They can be made of absolutely any material or even have shelves! And such screens have long been very common in medical institutions, in large offices, in beauty salons, as well as in small cute cafes, but, unfortunately, few people pay attention to this.
Flexible screens. This is probably the most interesting and unusual type of screens. They can take on the most unique forms, and you can change them at least every day, depending on your mood. Such screens are made either from thin, flexible tapes located vertically or horizontally on the frame, or in the form of an accordion. The last very interesting novelty on the market is the screen-book. It looks very impressive, and most importantly, you can stretch it to any length, naturally within its capabilities.
Mirror screens. Everything is clear here. These are screens, in the performance of which such an element as a mirror is necessarily present. Many will say that this is already the past century, not fashionable and ugly, because almost all modern wardrobes have mirrored facades, but we are ready to argue. Firstly, not everyone in our time gives their preference to dimensional wardrobes, at least in the bedroom. After all, a small screen with a central section made using a mirror, which will stand in the corner of the bedroom, will look much more interesting and neat. Behind such a screen, you can hide a dressing table or separate the area with shelves for clothes from the total area of the room. Secondly, a mirror screen in the interior of a small room will help to visually enlarge it;
Screens as an element of decor. Here, as they say, there is where the soul roam. The appearance, color, material, shape, scope and practicality of such screens will entirely depend on the designer’s imagination or on yours, if the screen is made according to your sketch. They can resemble colored stained-glass windows, your favorite photographs can be placed on them, and the screen itself will then resemble a large collage of photo frames. If you or your child is good at drawing, then use the screen as a canvas! Screens for decoration can be non-portable and mounted directly into the wall, the walls of such a screen can be made of plexiglass, and between them there will be a colored liquid in which air bubbles will float. Yes, and this can also be!
No. 3. What function will the screen perform in the interior?
So that your choice is unambiguous and you do not begin to doubt after the purchase, but whether you did the right thing, you need to decide what exactly you want to achieve in the interior with the help of a screen.
The vast majority of people buy a screen for this very purpose. This is really the best option if the rooms in your apartment are long and rectangular, or if you are the owner of a studio apartment. Then the screen for you is just salvation! After all, it will help to separate the dining area from the living room, the work area from the bedroom, and create a separate play area in the children’s room, where your child will be cozy and comfortable. It is very easy to choose a zoning screen. You have already familiarized yourself with the types of screens. The main thing is that the screen either matches the style of your apartment as a whole, or introduces an original accent into it.
If you want to separate the living area from the dining area, then you can choose a screen that has a beautiful pattern or photo printing on one side, and functional shelves on the other. Then, from the side of the kitchen, you will also have additional space for placing any kitchen utensils. Do not forget that such a screen will most likely be non-portable and must have a rigid, stable frame.
If you decide to separate the working area from the sleeping area, then from the side of your mini-office, you can make shallow niches in the screen and use them for books or office supplies. It is most convenient to make such a screen out of drywall, by the way, even with your own hands. Or vice versa, make niches through so that light flows well through them and into the sleeping area and arrange indoor plants. This will not only revive the interior, but also benefit your health.
A screen will also help to separate the sleeping place from the impromptu dressing room! And only you will decide whether it will be for the entire length of the wall and screwed directly to the floor, or it will be easily and quickly removed if necessary. In any case, it is very convenient and practical.
You can also make a separate place for games in the children’s room by using a screen. To save space in a small room, you can make a screen of textiles and sew a lot of pockets on it, so there will be a lot of new space for toys, and folding them into a real game, because each toy now has its own house!
There is even a place for a screen in the bathroom. Choose a screen made of clear or frosted glass and you can easily separate the bath or shower tray from the personal hygiene area. Such screens look very laconic and modern, and most importantly, they are very easy to clean.
Using a light, bright, beautifully decorated screen, you can achieve very big changes in the appearance of your room. Screens for decoration can be small in size and installed in a corner, close to the wall, without carrying any functional meaning. Or just stand along or in the middle of the center wall. If such a screen is carved, stained, or has a bright pattern, then you may well refuse the wallpaper on the wall so that it does not distract attention. Perhaps it will be a fabric screen that will be attached to the ceiling and function as a partition. Naturally, this is not your option, if you have stretch ceilings, do not forget about it. A screen by the window can easily replace the curtains. I think in the process of reading the image of your screen as an artistic decoration of the interior has already appeared before your eyes.
Yes, screens can indeed have more functional applications than simple decoration or delimitation of space. These are screens that have additional shelves, pockets, compartments for storing something, perhaps even hooks for clothes or bags and umbrellas. On some screens, you can mount an LED strip or buy a ready-made backlit screen, this will bring you an additional source of soft, dim light – the very thing to create a romantic atmosphere.
Bathroom screens can be equipped with holders for towels or dispensers for liquid soap, or even a cup for toothbrushes or all at once.
Nobody says that a practical screen is necessarily bulky and ugly, in any case. On the contrary, it is even a very competent investment of your money. Remember how much a set of bathroom accessories costs in a store? And by purchasing a functional screen, you will get two in one!
No. 4. Material selection
At this stage of reading, you should have already decided on the type and application of your screen, and the choice of material depends on this. Just keep in mind a couple of simple principles:
- If the screen is used in a room with high humidity, then this is definitely only moisture-resistant materials and glass.
- If this is a children’s room – preferably something softer and possibly a semicircular shape, the fewer corners, the better and safer. Perhaps the screen will look like a large pillow and have a soft filler, then it will also be pleasant to lean on it (do not forget to attach it to the floor in this case).
- If you will use the screen in any other room, then just choose high-quality materials that you like.
Guided by such simple rules, you will choose a thing that will serve you for a very long time.
No. 5. Lightweight and mobile or durable and permanent?
It’s up to you to decide. If you are a person with a very changeable mood, and it is a habit for you to change the interior of your apartment, or at least a room, almost every year, then a screen made of a welded metal frame that is attached to the floor and ceiling is unlikely to suit you. After all, installation and dismantling costs a lot of money, besides, you will receive an additional bonus in the form of holes in the floor and ceiling. Therefore, think for the last time and weigh the pros and cons, because no one knows you better than yourself! And let the screen you have chosen complement your interior exactly as you wanted and will perform its functions to your delight!