November 8th, 2013
Everyone, please don’t rush into Christmas season and cold bleak winter just yet! It’s not too late to enjoy fall in your life, and fall decor in your home. In the summer, we seem to just head outdoors. We eat outdoors, play outdoors, travel outdoors. But in the fall it starts to get chilly, making it the coziest of all cozy seasons, and there are endless ways to welcome it inside your home since you are going to be spending less time outside of it in the months to come. Room dividers can help just as any other piece of home decor can, while still providing the benefits we always talk about here, including privacy and space division. If you are looking to add fall to your home decor screen, the Autumn Journey Screen is a great place to start. With crisp images, it makes you feel as though you are taking a drive or a walk through a foliage filled forest. Each side of this room divider is different so you can change it up to match your mood. And best of all, it folds flat for storage and boasts a great price point so as the seasons change throughout the year, so can your room screen! If you are looking for something a little more subtle, try to incorporate fall colors (browns, rusty reds and oranges) into your home, or even a more subtle piece of art with modern leaves and vines. Another great choice is to simply use materials that come straight out of nature, as I featured in last month’s post on fall inspired room dividers. Whatever you do, enjoy this season and watch the leaves and trees change. It is nature’s built in calm against the storm that are all the holiday parties, presents, lights bells and whistles.
October 4th, 2013
If you have a space in your home that needs just a little bit in the way of dividing, why not try a floor mirror instead of a traditionally large room divider? A floor mirror is a designer’s secret weapon for many reasons, serving many purposes around the home (not just in the bedroom).
Here are some great tips for choosing and using a Floor Mirror to define a space:
- Bedroom – Obviously a floor mirror helps you get ready in the morning, but it can also be used simply as a tool to help define a space. In the corner of the room, you can create a small dressing area for yourself with the help of a floor mirror. Just be sure to choose by scale, you don’t want to overwhelm the space with something too large.
- Small Spaces – if you are working in a small space, a metal frame has less visual (and actual) bulk than a wooden framed floor mirror which will impose less on the space while still providing the same benefits.
- Light – Mirrors of all types, whether they are placed on a wall or on the floor, add light to the room and in turn can make the space seem larger, a trick that designers have known about for a long time but that you can easily incorporate into your own home design.
- Large Spaces – If you are lucky enough to have a large space, such as the living room, why not choose a mirror with storage built in, like the Aris Classic Mirror with Shelves which has hidden shelving on its back – a nice place to keep extra books, CDs or shoes.
- Entryway – A large entryway is a great place to incorporate a floor mirror, both for functional and design purposes!
When designing your space, never be afraid to think outside of the box and look for different products to help you achieve a look that makes you happy in any room of the home.
September 26th, 2013
We talk a lot about how room dividers can define a space. And one of the most unique ways I’ve seen them serve this purpose is in the garage. Yep! The garage. Many of us do not have room in the house for all of our home gym equipment, and so it is relegated to the garage.
This has its benefits as well, for example it gives you a somewhat quiet space to work out and you don’t have to look at big cardio machines and free weights while you are inside the house. But let’s face it, the garage can be, well, somewhat less appealing, aesthetically speaking. A great way to carve out a true home gym space in your garage is with a room divider. Here’s how to do it, and some other tips for creating a fun, inspiring vibe in your home gym.
- Choose a room divider that will withstand the cold and moisture fluctuations. Ideally it should be an outdoor rated room divider, but if your garage is insulated and sealed from winter precipitation, you could probably get away with a wooden or fabric model (do not use rice paper screens in the garage, they will attract all moisture). My first pick would be the Vector Folding Screen, which has a polyester fabric cover that slips over the top and an ultra modern design. The clean look of this room divider makes it a great choice for the contemporary gym environment.
- Dress up the space with inspirational posters, maybe a meditation corner or focal point, and lots of padding for getting down on that concrete floor.
- Finish the look with lighting and an area rug. For the lamp, find one with adjustable heads (ideally two or three), so that you can point light around where you need it. And the area rug should, again, be rated for outdoor use, or at least made of a durable yet natural material to stand up to some of the moisture.
September 20th, 2013
Fall is a great time to add a special piece to your home decor. And I can’t think of anything more special than a room divider – it is really the icing on the cake once you have worked hard to decorate a room. There are many ways to get an autumn look out of your room divider, here are some of my favorite ways:
1. Natural materials – Fall makes me think of long walks outside with leaves falling all around. Basically fall makes me think of trees. If you can find a room divider made of natural materials, like this Natural Willow 3 Panel Floor Screen which is a truly beautiful tribute to autumn, that is a great way to go!
2. If the idea of twigs in your living room is just too much for you, how about simply incorporating fall colors into your decorating with a folding screen in autumn hues: think rusty reds, golden yellows, subtle oranges and any soft shade of brown.
3. Leaves – Look for a room divider with leaves painted, printed, sewn on to it. Or make your own by adding leaves to strings and hanging a simple garland to your already beautiful room screen.
4. Photographic print room dividers are another great choice when you are looking for a more obvious decorating theme such as a season. Look for stretched canvas prints of fall leaves, forests, small woodsy animals or anything else that screams fall to you!
Most of all, enjoy this beautiful time of year when we watch one beloved season change itself into the next!
September 13th, 2013
I never really thought about it before but room dividers have probably been around longer than we think…In the form of canopy beds! A canopy bed has a built in room divider (or four, depending on how you look at it). Nowadays, we think of canopy beds as the stuff of kids, but truly even a master bedroom can withstand this old fashioned bedroom decor item, as long as the room is big enough to make sure that the scale is right for the bed.
A great way to get around this problem is with a full size bed, like this Full Size Metal Canopy Bed with Curtains. These beds have curtains that act as a room divider, providing privacy where needed, but also style and a dramatic look in any bedroom space.
A canopy bed creates an oasis in the middle, side or corner of your bedroom where you are free to dream, draw, write and read (not to mention sleep) in peace. It is a great solution for teens who must share a bedroom, or simply a beautiful style point to include in your own bedroom decor scheme.
September 6th, 2013
Although fall is just about two weeks away, most of us will enjoy sunny, warm weather well into October this year. It’s not too late to enjoy those last few moments out on the patio with the help of an Outdoor Screen! A room divider used outside should specifically designed for that. Use caution when using an indoor model. For example, it may be tempting to use a shoji screen to separate your porch from the garden, but the rice paper panels will quickly absorb moisture, dew and get ruined, while a fabric screen will attract mildew rapidly.
Have fun with your outdoor decor and enjoy these last few weeks of summer outside, where nature intended.
This outdoor screen is designed just for use outside, all-weather, using powder coated steel for rust prevention and fabric that is UV, fade and mildew resistant. An outdoor screen can serve three functions:
- Privacy. Especially if you live in close quarters with neighbors, say in an apartment or condo, a tall screen can provide just the right amount of privacy when you are not feeling chatty, and can be taken down instantly as well when you want to let some more light in, which brings me to function #2:
- Shade. We don’t always get to choose the amount of shade that our house comes with, and waiting for a tree to grow tall and provide relief from the sun can take years. Enter the room divider. Move these portable screens around with you to create a shady, cool spot anywhere you want it.
- Decor – the beautiful color options available with this outdoor screen allow for a pop of color on your patio or out in your garden. This is one of the easiest ways to dress up any outdoor space as most gardens are limited to traditional variations on green.
Have fun with your outdoor decor and enjoy these last few weeks of summer outside, where nature intended.
August 23rd, 2013
Happy Friday everyone! It’s time to sit back with your favorite glass of red, white or bubbly and enjoy the weekend that is rapidly approaching! This week I’m all about fun, and that is why I have chosen the Wine Theme Room Divider as my featured product! Part fun, part sophistication, this tall room screen features a printed modern photograph of wine bottle and glass – giving any room an artistic feel.
Use this wine room screen in the dining room, kitchen, living room or other entertaining area to liven up the space with a fun European feel and a reminder to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. This folding screen is lightweight, ideal for tight spaces, and features two different prints, one on each side, allowing you to customize to your wine mood. One side features a view from the top, subtly abstract in angle, while the other is from the perspective of the camera (or the photographer with her head on the table.
Add a fun, sophisticated vibe to any space with this printed room divider.
August 16th, 2013
Many times we want to divide a room into separate areas, but don’t necessarily have the space for a bulky, tall room divider. Thankfully, there are many different ways to divide up a room without using a folding screen.
Here are some easy home decor tips for dividing up a space without the use of a traditional room divider.
- Rearrange the furniture – Sometimes all it takes is a little thinking outside of the box in terms of where you place the furniture you already have. For example, if you have a family entertainment area or conversation space with sofas, arrange the seating facing each other. A sofa table placed behind the sofa helps to define the space. Area rugs also offer an alternative but clearly define an area of a large open-concept room.
- Plants – Tall indoor trees, plants, even bamboo can be placed in between active areas of your open space to divide it up into smaller areas.
- Lighting – a more subtle method of dividing a room, different lighting zones offer some of the benefits of a room divider without the bulk.
- Bookcases – A medium height bookcase offers separation and storage to boot! Look for one, like the Modern Eco Friendly Madison Bookcase and Room Divider with either an open design with no back, or at least make sure the back is finished for placement in the center of the room.
July 17th, 2013
Heading off to college for the first time, or back to college after a summer spent at home in your very own room, can be a real shocker in terms in privacy! All of a sudden there is someone there, in your room with you, for most of your waking (and sleeping) hours. Room dividers are a great way to add a little privacy to your college experience. They may not keep out the noise of click clacking on the keyboard or long nights of snoring (by the way a fan works wonders to block out that particular problem), but they offer a sense of privacy when there is otherwise none to be found.
Here are some great reasons to invest in a room divider if you are going into your first (or second or third) year of college. (Note: Check with your dorm’s rules on furnishings first to ensure you can use it when you get there.)
- Privacy – I’ve already covered this above, but a room screen allows you to get dressed in peace, sleep in peace, and most importantly, study in peace.
- Fun Style – There are so many different room dividers these days in every imaginable style, have fun with it – from modern metal for the guys to fun colors for the girls, there is something for everyone and every age.
- Longevity – A room screen purchased now can be used for many years in a variety of different shared living settings, and even once you are off onto your own place someday.
- Space Efficiency – Look for a folding room screen (which most do), this allows it to be stored in the closet or behind a door, and makes it a cinch to move (which you will be doing frequently over the years.) A special word of caution here, though, rice paper screens are beautiful but require extra care and packaging when moving, as the paper can tear and is subject to water damage.
- And, finally, storage! Yep, there are room dividers out there, like the 6 ft. Tall Pockets Shoji Screen 3-Panel Room Divider shown here that have built in storage for all of your personal items!
July 12th, 2013
These fun room dividers are made of blown-up photographs that are printed onto canvas, a refreshing treat for the modern home! Room dividers certainly don’t have to be boring, these gems prove that!
Lovers of architecture, Europe or simply Parisian culture will simply adore the Paris Screen, which boasts two views of the Eiffel Tower printed onto a large canvas.
And Nature Lovers will gather ’round this cute Bear Screen, which has a serious tone that is softened by the serene nature of these gentle creatures of nature.
Got a thing for wine? The Wine Theme Room Divider is sure to make a statement in any room of the home. This one is ideal for the dining room, living room or study, reminding you of some of the simple pleasures of life.
Anyone with a cat will appreciate the Curious Cat screen. Adorable, tall and almost lifelike for a dramatic statement in your home.
And to enhance a western feel or to simply show your love of horses, the Round Up Screen is ready for action!
Working a bold look into your home using a room divider is as simple as using a large photograph such as displayed on these great finds!