Folding screens are one of those decorative elements that, while they probably aren’t a necessity for most rooms, can have a wonderful impact. Whether used to separate two distinct sitting areas in a large living room, to provide privacy to a small studio apartment, or for pure decorative effect, the folding screen is often the unsung hero of many spaces. We recently designed an upholstered screen for a client in Brooklyn to hide a coats and boots area at the ground floor entrance. We especially love screens behind beds, like in this image, below. This screen was customized by adding lighting directly to the upholstered front.
In this living room below, a bold blue screen with nail head details serves a purely decorative purpose, adding a pop of color and architectural detail to this corner of the room.
A pair of screens on either side of a fireplace are a nice alternative to a pair of dressers or consoles.
This screen divides the living area from the entrance in an open loft. We love how the designer used it as a gallery wall of sorts hanging art from each panel.
An interesting decorative screen can take the place of an eye-catching wallpaper.
A screen with glass on the top allows light to come in while still creating a visual distinction between two areas of the room.
A more traditional folding screen behind a bed.
A few of our favorite folding screens at the moment: