The hand-painted chinoiserie screen that Mera found last time she visited Eugene got us thinking about what versatile pieces folding screens are. They can be room dividers, window screens, or headboards. They can be used to hide something unattractive like a television (years ago when Cameron and Katie lived in a yurt they used a screen to keep cleaning supplies out of sight), or as a backdrop to highlight something beautiful, like a favorite piece of furniture. Their design is as varied as their function, and they provide a beautiful way to layer texture, pattern, and color into a room.
We haven’t yet seen a space of designer Lili Diallo’s that we don’t love. Her own dining room includes an old-fashioned floral screen, which adds warmth and softness to the mostly white and modern space. Picture this room without the screen; we think it would seem cold and industrial. It’s the depth and femininity of the screen that make this room one of our all time favorites.
Just like the contrast of the sleek Panton S chairs against the screen in the first image, this old-fashioned avian screen is the perfect element to offset the more modern lines of the tulip table.
The three-dimensionality of the screen gives this insane (and, we would argue, insanely beautiful) room another layer of interest. Without it the crazy-town florals of the wallpaper and rug might fall flat.
We love this use of a screen as a vertical garden! The peek at the antique faces above the greenery and the way it breaks up the angularity of the bedroom is perfect. We’d wake up happy.
The face on this screen might be slightly less pleasant to wake up to, but we think the painterly scene gives the room a much needed sense of humor.
This screen is definitely a different, less traditional, style than the others in this post. We love its gilt edges and that it’s used as a surface for hanging artful plates.
This screen that DIY queen Jenny Komenda made by applying fabric to bi-fold doors has both of us crazy inspired — the painted edges and large scale floral are spot on!
Do you, or would you, use a folding screen in your house? We love the first one best, though we recognize that a lot of that has to do with how it works in that specific room. If we could pick one to pluck from a photo and put into our own homes, Katie would choose the plant-covered one, and Mera would choose the golden screen from the room with the overabundant florals. How about you?