Home Decor – Tips on How to Decorate with Folding Screens

October 31, 2019
The classical beauty of folding screens has kept them truly contemporary. They're extremely versatile and will give an elegant, vintage touch to the spaces in your home. Their easy mobility also makes changing around a space simpler than ever.

Want to decorate your home with folding screens? This is a good choice and you can’t go wrong. There are just a few tips to keep in mind to make sure you’re getting the best use out of yours. Folding screens are one decorative accessory that will always be a part of interior design because of how adaptive and moldable to current trends they are.

Folding screens can also go well in any room of the home. There’s always one that you can restore and put back into use. Besides, these can truly be sophisticated pieces if you use the right material for them. Fabrics and wallpaper are both great choices.

These are pieces of furniture that have lots of stories to tell through the colors in each fold. They’ll also make your home look absolutely stunning. They’re also quite practical. They can divide spaces, set apart a specific corner, or keep the light from a big window in check. Use folding screens creatively and your home will be truly unique.

Folding screens originally come from Japan, where they have lots of different uses for them. In Japanese, they’re called byōbu, which translates roughly to “wind wall,” which is basically what they were for. Japanese folding screens shielded the interior parts of a home from the wind.

It was after that original use as a wind wall that folding screens started to be used as room dividers. That functional leap led them to fulfill a much more decorative purpose, too. That’s how they’ve become the gorgeous pieces that they are today. 

There are endless possibilities if you want to decorate with folding screens. Today, we’re going to give you a few ideas on how you can use them in your home. Don’t be afraid to give them a try!

How to decorate with folding screens

Folding screens to decorate a living room.

Folding screens have been around for centuries. That means that they’ve gone through a lot of changes over time. You can find them in lots of different styles and materials. The dividing function they have is mostly the same too, though there are some variations.

Those variations are becoming more and more popular, too. One of the best examples is using them as exotic decorative pieces.  That means you can have folding screens in your room along with the rest of your furniture. You don’t have to use them to divide the space if you don’t want to.

In the bedroom

One of the many functions folding screens have had over time was as a screen you could use to change behind. Some people still use them for that nowadays, but you’ll also see them in bedrooms for decorative reasons.

We personally like using them as headboards for your bed. This is becoming more popular because of how cheap and unique they are. You may need multiple screens, though, if you want them to run the entire width of your bed. One tip, though – if you don’t have a big room, leave some space between the screens and the ceiling.

In the entryway

Decorate with folding screens in your entryway.

This is an especially good idea if you live in an apartment. Many apartments nowadays don’t have entryways in the classical sense. In some cases, that means that the moment you open the door, you’re basically right in the living or dining room. That’s where folding screens come in. You can use them to separate the entryway from the rest of the apartment.

You can put up somewhere that it will basically separate the entryway from the living room area. By doing that, you’re making yourself a kind of mini-hallway that will very subtly lead into the apartment.

Bathroom decor

Folding screens have been used a lot in bathrooms. In some cases, they’ve even played a major role as decoration. To give you an idea, they’re great for providing some intimacy to a bathroom without a door.

Using folding screens to decorate your bathroom and separate it from other parts of the home will give the space an aristocratic air. Whether you use wood, fabric, or bamboo will just depend on what style you want your bathroom to have.

Decorate with folding screens and create a lovely little corner

You can also use folding screens to create a separate corner within a single space. For example, you could use your folding screens to create a reading corner in the living room. The folding screens will provide a wonderful sense of intimacy.

These pieces have a lot of possibilities thanks to their shape, and can even be the centerpiece of a room. All you need to do is add a comfy armchair and a short bookshelf, and you’ll have yourself a lovely little reading corner. As you can see, folding screens can help you create divine little corners. 

You can also use other recycled objects in place of a folding screen. For example, antique wooden doors, wrought iron bars, and wooden planks can all work well if you use them the way you would a folding screen.

There’s no doubt that if you decorate your home with folding screens, you’ll be adding a special touch. Not only will they look divine, they’ll also be even more versatile. You can change up a room simply by moving the screen depending on the time of day and what function you want it to have at that moment.

So give it a try, follow these tips and try to decorate your home with folding screens. We’re sure you won’t regret it.