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Choosing the Right Room Divider for Your Space

4-P BLACK 600 x 700Room dividers have been growing in popularity with interior designers for the past decade or so. They add functionality along with an antique-type flare to your space. The overall design of dividers has not changed much; they are simple, graceful, and effective pieces of décor. No matter your decor or home-style you will find no difficulty in finding a room divider that will flow.

There are two main functions of a room divider or screen: to give a space separation and enhance its aesthetic appeal. If you have a dark and rather small space benefit from a brightly colored room divider screen in a corner. With limited space you may not have the ability to hang much or paint the walls (this is usually the case with rentals) but you can put a screen anywhere. A pale screen with a nice design in a dark bedroom is the perfect way to brighten it up and also to give you a little bit more in the way of privacy when you need to dress.

If you have a large, open, sunny space you want to base your divider choose on your décor. You can choose pretty much any color or pattern that will complement or contrast your current style. When you have this open-ended of an option you might consider looking an antique screen or investing in a custom design. These pieces are beautiful and finding or creating a unique one can be fun and rewarding.

A divider is a wonderful addition for your home office or a shared bedroom as well. In many households, Mom and Dad share an office and kids share a bedroom. Even if space isn’t an issue, everyone values privacy. Adding a screen to these rooms will give them separation without closing them off.

For smaller rooms, we recommend taking a look at our Shoji Screen line. The Japanese designs are pale in color, which will add the illusion of more space, and the simplicity will not overwhelm the room. These screen also make wonderful wall art and are easy to hang on any wall.

Why Is A Room Divider Better Than A Wall?

Room DividerRoom dividers are not just for those living in studio apartments; they can have a great affect in any space. When you want to segment, or partially segment, a room, you can put up a wall or half wall, but it’s much simpler and easier to add a room divider. There is a need for division of space and use, while maintaining flexibility and a sense of openness.

The divider you choose can be something as simple as a bookcase you already have or something artistically designed like the dividers we offer. Maximizing your space, while keeping your home comfortable, is key to loving where you live. Here are some ideas to consider when setting up your rooms:

Bookcases make excellent room dividers for a more architectural look that also provides great storage. Open bookcases (those with no backs) are light and airy in feel, but standard cases will provide a level of privacy and are a great idea for blocking off a bedroom area. It’s very important that these cases be bolted or otherwise stabilized so that they can’t be pushed over.

For a lighter look and more flexibility than book case dividers, room screens provide a more solid look than curtain dividers, but are movable and highly decorative. Shoji screens offer a clean yet exotic look that can sit on the floor or be hung from the ceiling. Paneled screens can be painted, mirrored or dressed with photographs, small paintings or fabric. These traditional room dividers are the most personalized and decorative of the category.

For a more expensive option, panel track systems usually used on windows can also be used as room dividers. These offer a modern, high-tech look that is attractive and functional. Cover up a kitchen wall or the bedroom area. Panels are modern looking yet provide a great deal of privacy without totally blocking the light. This is an excellent option for those looking for a clean look in their space. Installing the tracks that the panels hang from could require the help of a handyman.

What Are Shoji Screens?

Shoji ScreensA shoji screen is a freestanding or wall hanging indoor screen used as a decorative room partition. As the name suggests they are styled after Japanese architecture specifically the sliding wooden doors covered in translucent paper used in homes. In both Chinese and Japanese the word shoji means something to obstruct.

shojiEven though they are more often doors in Japan, the freestanding partition used in the US is what the word originally meant. The evolution of the shoji doors is unique to Japan. The popularity of these doors and partitions is due not only to their elegant looks but also the way the shoji paper diffuses light. The texture of the paper is rough so it refracts light; this creates a soft glow out of any light. No matter the time of year, this glow creates an inviting sense of warmth in any room.

Another unique aspect of the shoji is in the construction. It is called kumiko, which translates to “woven”. The structure of a shoji requires only minimal amounts of each material used (wood and paper) but it the way it is put together gathers maximum strength from those elements. The wood pieces are inter-woven making them stronger and sturdier than they could be on their own. It is amazing how this simple pattern is used to create something that is not only beautiful but also stronger than its component parts.

The Shoji Shoji Screens you can get from Canada Custom Shutters provide both the aesthetic pleasure of the traditional screen along with endless design choices to make your shoji unique to your home and style. Call us today and one of our design representatives will gladly be able to answer your questions about Shoji Shoji Screens.