Have you ever seen a space that is perfectly furnished, well-appointed, beautifully decorated, yet incomplete? If this question has ever come to mind, think of using a screen. Screens are often underrated and avoided. Why cover up a pretty painted or wallpapered wall? Well, I will tell you why. Rooms need dimension and texture. Screens have the cunning ability to fill voids in large spaces and add personality to small ones.
Screens can be deceptively expensive, but an old screen can be transformed with a chunk of fabric and a bucket of paint (for all my DIY’ers). I am fortunate enough to have grown up around beautiful antique screens- some of which will be featured below. A mirrored screen can open a room, an upholstered screen can soften a room, and a painted screen can scale down a room. Screens are not just a pretty antique element. They serve a purpose and can create a high-end space flattened or folded.
Screens are the one item of furniture that will happily sit in a corner. See for yourself.
This wooden screen scales-down the tall ceiling and adds a steady focal pint to the gallery-walled living room. Photo source: Elle Decor
A mirrored and black painted screen in a room by Amanda Nisbet.
Celerie Kemble created this timeless room and added a wonderful richness with this painted screen.
Charlotte Moss uses this screen in place of large artwork or a gallery wall. While buying multiple paintings is always nice, screens can fill large wall space (Often it is more economically savvy!). Photo source: Traditional Home
A lovely and light screen on the wall of this classic home. Photo source: Pinterest
Jan Showers’ screen is used in a dining room of her design. A lovely mix of glamorous, modern, and traditional.
Jorge Elias designed this beautiful blue and white room with a pop of a red screen. Do me a favor and picture the space without it. The screens brings the room back to scale. Photo source: Architectural Digest
Another worldy-red screen in this private apartment bedroom of Roberto Benigni in the Doria Pamphilj. P.S. I went there this summer in Italy- a MUST see in Rome. Photo source: Elle Decor
A well-appointed room by Bunny Williams. I love this mix of pattern and the juxtaposition of color.
A lovely screen in a guest bedroom of my grandmother’s house. It is so much larger than this picture portrays. Photo source: The Potted Boxwood
The screen in my grandmother’s living room. Like I said, my family is a big believer in screens! Photo source: The Potted Boxwood
A smaller screen on the side of the kitchen counter. Photo source: The Potted Boxwood
An antique mirrored screen opens up this dining area corner. Photo source: The Potted Boxwood