How To Decorate With Room
By Lee Dobbins
Using a room divider or folding screen can be a great way to create interest
in an otherwise dull area. Contrary to what many believe, a room divider need
not actually be used to divider a space. You can use a decorative divider flat
against a wall or in a corner to add some punch to your décor. Of course, if you
have a large space and want to give the illusion of 2 cozier areas, a room
divider is perfect for just that!
These days, there are plenty of styles to chose from. Virtually any décor
can be enhanced with either a folding screen type room divider with decorative
panels or a divider that stands by itself.
For a contemporary or retro style, you might want to try a one panel
standalone divider with acrylic panels. They come in bright modern colors with
geometric designs and are just perfect for a divider between living room and
dining room in your contemporary home.
For Asian style décor, folding screens are a perfect compliment! If you
want one with visual appeal, you can buy screens with Japanese style scenes
painted on them or go with the standard black lacquer with mother of pearl Asian
women, trees and birds. If you prefer something more plain but with a bit of
punch, you can try a bright red lacquer room divider. Not subtle enough for your
style? Then make use of one of the many bamboo or rattan style dividers.
Even the feminine shabby chic styles can benefit from a room divider. You
can buy dividers with floral designs or beautiful scenes or even buy a fabric
covered divider to enhance the softness of the style. If you prefer more of a french style, then there are many folding panel screens that have an openwork
metal design perfect for the French look. Here's some tips on how
you can use a room divider to jazz up your décor:
For larger spaces a room divider can create two cozy rooms from
one big space.
Add a dressing area to your bedroom by sectioning it off with a
Add a room divider screen in between a large living room and
dining room combo.
Display your folding screen divider flush against a wall and it
won't take up any extra room.
If you have a large room that needs to be made more cozy, divvy it
up with a folding screen divider.
A room divider that is used kitty corner can double as storage
space between the screen and the wall.
For a tropical or Bahamas type look, try one of the natural wood
The Shoji room divider is great for a Japanese style room.
Modern style room dividers come in retro prints, leathers and
For the library, you can get a folding screen that looks like book
Leather room dividers add elegance and softness to a room.
A painted scenic room divider can be like a huge painting in the
corner of your room.
Room dividers come in widths from 50" to over 90".
Need to hide the kids toys? Put a folding screen divider in the
corner and just shove the toys behind it!
A unique use of a room divider is to use it as a headboard.
A room divider makes a perfect backdrop for plants.
Buying room dividers online is a great way to get a huge variety
When you choose your room divider be sure to get one that matches your
overall decorating theme in style and color. The right room divider should blend
into the décor, but a mismatched divider will stand out like a sore thumb.
Before going out to purchase your divider, measure the area and make sure you
get one that will fit properly.