Putting a divider with pockets in a child’s room to hold small toys. Choose a model with curved corners for safety and casters for easy mobility.
Sprucing up a basic divider and using it as a message center, suggests Angie Hranowsky, a designer in Charleston, South Carolina. Apply foam board to a screen with spray adhesive, then use a staple gun to attach pretty fabric.
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Incorporate Visual Flair With Decorative Screens
Bring color and pattern into a space with a screen that doubles as a piece of art. Tuck one in a corner or flush against a wall to add a bit of style without detracting from the furnishings.
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To soften the angles of a corner, choose a screen inset with a curved design. This model’s ornamentation accentuates the graceful lines of the armchair.
Look for dividers that serve dual purposes. This one is backed with mirrors that bounce light around the space.
Hanging Armstrong’s Definitions dividers from the ceiling ($550, armstrong.com). They feature striking design elements, such as leaves, fused between two pieces of resin.
Putting a screen behind a sofa that sits at a diagonal in a corner of a room eradicates the “triangular gap between the sofa and the wall,” says Jeffrey Bilhuber, a New York City designer. And you can stash such items as extra blankets behind it.
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Hide an Eyesore With Decorative Screens
If your room overlooks the freeway or your neighbor’s pool, it may pay to pretend that the world out yonder doesn’t exist. Use a decorative screen to maintain privacy and camouflage an ugly view.
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Choose a room divider with a pattern busy enough to mask what's behind it but airy enough to let sunlight in.
Here, the screen's circular pattern echoes the curved fireplace opening, and the capiz-shell detailing complements the marble mantel.
Prop a chaise in front of the screen to take advantage of natural light when reading.
Blocking an unsightly room with a screen. "There's nothing more appalling than having the door to a fluorescent-lit kitchen swing open on a candlelit dinner," says Bilhuber. Put a screen a few feet in front of the door so guests can slide by.