Decorative Folding Screens

Decorative folding screens are popular for decorating in today’s homes. Many basic wooden styles are available, as well as those that display unique hand-painted artwork. Japanese, Chinese, and Arabian screens are very unique to the country that they originate from. The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art features Japanese screens that are from the 15th and 16th centuries that display intricate scenes of nature. Other screens that have been preserved reflect busy city life of urban areas of the 17th century, or scenes of people in their daily lives.

Modern Japanese screens can be found today, and there is a huge selection of all types from all countries online. Today’s Japanese and Chinese screens frequently feature hand-painted scenes, just as they did centuries ago. A popular scene is one of cherry blossom branches on Japanese screens that add an Asian look to a room’s décor. Chinese and Japanese screens often feature ladies, such as a Geisha room divider, Japanese lady, or Shanghai lady. Paintings of Buddha are also very common, with a head of Buddha, or the entire Buddha sitting in meditation. Some Buddha screens have a painted gold figure sitting against a bright purple background. Still others feature the Great Wall of China, Zen scenes, such as rocks or flowers, or grand pagodas.

Decorative Folding ScreenAnother style of screens originates from Arab countries and has a style unlike any other. The screens are made of wooden panels that have delicate cutouts and patterns that are often on the top portion of the divider. The cutouts appear to look like delicate lace. There are also solid wood panels with intricate detail, such as painted decoration in gold. These heavy wooden screens are often used in homes in the Middle East, India, and other countries. They can be purchased online for use anywhere in the world. Some are painted with bright paint, but they are typically natural wood that is stained walnut, mahogany, or others. Their dark wood finishes blend well with antique furniture and large, sturdy furniture styles.

A very large room can easily be divided into two sections by simply placing a folding screen at the midpoint of the room. This arrangement is sometimes seen in homes to divide the living area from the dining area. Contemporary décor emphases openness and many areas of the home merged together, but these decors can also make use of folding screens by placing them in a corner, along a section of a wall, or elsewhere for a special effect.

Room dividers often have an Asian theme in modern home décor. Cherry blossom screens with white fabric backgrounds feature cherry tree limbs in full bloom. These are ideal for placing between a living and dining area. The wooden frame may be ordered in black, cherry, white, or tan. They are reasonably priced, as most screens are, and sell for about $130. A Shoji room divider, also called a meditation screen, fits in perfectly with a Zen décor of simplicity and natural materials. It is made of rice paper and a wooden frame that is made with honey, cherry, or black finishes. The price of this screen is about $160.

Bamboo and wicker room dividers can be found with two, three, four, or five panels that are covered with bamboo for an exotic look. Wooden frame colors are available, and the contrast of the natural bamboo with a black enamel frame is a very striking contrast. A five-panel divider costs about $160. A room with a French décor would look very special with a screen made with a curved dark wooden frame and metal scrolls inside each of the four panels. For kitchen areas, breakfast rooms, or outdoors, there are lime green dividers for about $350 that are very sturdy and made of a heavy wooden frame. This accent frame allows the area behind it to be displayed through the openings between the scrolls.