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One of the most well-known practical uses of a decorative screen is as a room divider, as screen designs instantly create elegant and airy alcoves without totally blocking out light or making a space feel small and enclosed as would a solid wall partition. It's a perfect solution to mark the private and non-private living areas, or simply to demarcate which area serves a particular purpose, such as dining or sleeping, whether in a tiny apartment or spacious, open studio. Most QAQ screens that have been used to divide rooms have been installed as permanent fixtures, though some have been mounted on stands in order to be easily moved about when needed. Beyond decorative screens, there are other elegant ways to divide a room, with each option having various pros and cons to consider. Here are just a few:

Curtains on a Rod

 

This style of room divide is for the space that changes on a daily basis: easily opened up or closed with just a pull, no furniture lining the temporary divide. It merely requires the installation of a tight wire and fabric on runners. It's both a practical and romantic way to divide a room, especially if the fabric is allowed to pool on the floor or is of a sheer style fabric, as in the lower right picture.

QAQ's 'Kyoto' decorative screen design was used as a room divider here at a cafe between dining booths.

 

 

The Folding Screen

 

The most classic of all room dividers is a tri-fold screen that is lightwweight and easy to pick up and move, close up, or open out when needed. It suits rental homes where installing curtains is not an option, as it works in a room like a large piece of furniture. Somewhat more permanent than curtains once it is placed, this kind of screen is best for arranging around furniture, creating spaces and directing walking paths through an open space. There are endless varieties of this classic style screen, from the ornatly carved Oriental varieties, the plush satin-ruched French varieties, the modern printed canvas style, to thatched garden screens.

 

Another example of a QAQ screen diving a room: here is the 'Cayman' design in 6 mm thick white acrylic.

 

Bookshelves as Room Dividers

 

A very practical, yet still very chic way to divide a room is with a large bookshelf unit. These serve both as space-makers and space-savers, and the size and style options are endless. The closed-back shelving units create a much more permanent and solid divide than any other option. On the other hand, the open-backed units divide space yet still allow for light and visual spaciousness.

 

QAQ's 'Istanbul' screen designs were used to divide this hair salon's cutting and washing areas. Not only do they look modern and exotic, they create just enough privacy to make the guests feel they are in a comfortable space for the intimacy of having their head massaged and hair shampooed for them in a public place full or strangers.

 

Creative DIY Room Dividers

 

Anything can be used to divide a space, ultimately, but the question is, just how elegant will whatever is used look, and will it work with the interior decor? These spaces pictured have been divided in vastly different ways, yet each divide suits the style of the decor perfectly: a beaded curtain for the romantic, eclectic parlor; cut PVC tubes glued together and hung by the toilet for a modern bathroom; natural trees lined from a natural, thatched-style ceiling to the floor in a modern lounge; round acrylic disks hung string-style in a 60'd mod style home; and vintage scarves stitched together for a bohemian-style home. These are all DIY style room dividers that have strong character and make dramatic impacts in each of these rooms, yet all work exceptionally well as they are perfectly matched to the decor and style aesthetic.

 

For DIY tutorials on how to install or make from scratch these various types of dividers, Pinterest is a fantastic resource of ideas and inspiration. You can find blog tutorials through Pinterest that will show you how to create a wooden folding screen from scratch, how to hang curtains on a rod, and even how to create a divider using odd-shaped objects found around the house! Who would have guessed cut PVC tubing could look so chic?

And of course, for QAQ decorative screens as dividers, you need only ask and we can advise you on all the various methods of installation or installation services in your area. In time, I may even get to the nuts and bolts of the how-to myself and write a post to share it with you here!

~Christine

 

QAQ's 'Tokyo' decorative screen design reflects traditional design elements of Japan with its exquisitely simple, emotionally calming symmetry and order. We rate it at a low sun and privacy block-out of 55%, as this screen is more about its elegant aesthetic appeal, suited more to gently enclosing or diving spaces.


On this beautiful porch, 'Tokyo' screens cut in compressed hardwood enclose the open sides, allowing for a little shade and a lot of enchanting beauty.

'Tokyo' makes excellent background wall decor in this oriental-style garden in a Maison Design house in South Australia.

The Japanese design aesthetic is completely unique from any other country in the world, and isn't always an easy one to get right, as it often requires genuine Japanese architectural elements like shouji, the traditional paper and wood doors, windows, and room dividers, or tatami, the floor matting made of rice straw that gives an authentic Japanese home its wonderful dried grass aroma. Yet, it can be represented in a modern style by using a neutral color palette, minimal decor, simple, geometric shapes, and a touch of nature, such as a carefully shaped bonsai, miniature tree, or beautiful ikebana, flower arrangement.

One of the best places in Melbourne that has a traditional tatami room with real tatami is the Japanese Bath House in Collingwood. Not only can you experience what a real Japanese onsen is like, you can also have a shiatsu massage and relax on the tatami in your robe after a long hot bath, and have a bowl of udon or just a pot of sencha green tea. Though men and women bath separately, you are required to thoroughly wash yourself and bath nude, just as they do in a real Japanese bath house. It is a bone-warming, wonderfully relaxing experience, and while you visit you'll get a good sense of the Japanese aesthetic!

For more inspiring decor ideas around the 'Tokyo' design, see our Pinterest board collection. Any new decorative installation projects we my do with this design will be added to this board alongside more decor inspiration!

And if this beautiful design has piqued your interest, please don't hesitate to contact us to find a distributor near you.

~Christine

 

Whether you would like to paint a decorative screen yourself or have it finished in the color of your choice, there are several options as to how to get the screen in the color that best suits your home decorative needs. Here is a run-down of which materials QAQ offers to get you started with making the best choice for your color, budget, and practical requirements.

 

This lounge room is made more beautiful with a black, satin-painted 'Istanbul' screen design cut in MDF.


1. MDF - (Medium Density Fibreboard)

This is the least expensive option for a decorative screen that can be finished in a color. Though another material, compressed hardwood, is cheaper, it is both an indoor and outdoor material with a surface that is not near as smooth, whereas MDF, an indoor only material, has no recognizable surface grain as it is made up of fine particles, so the resulting surface is extremely smooth and lends itself to being satin painted quite beautifully. MDF can be purchased raw so that you may paint it yourself, or for a bit extra it can be ordered in any color from the Dulux paint brand range. Orders for QAQ painted screens take on average 14 days and are finished with a smooth and glossy satin finish.

If you choose to paint the MDF yourself, we advise that before commencing you make sure the raw screen is free of dirt or debris, then, following the manufacturer’s directions, apply a coat of quality external primer to the surfaces. Once the primer has been allowed to dry, apply two coats of an exterior grade 100% acrylic or solvent-based paint. For acrylic and solvent-based finishes we recommend you follow the manufacturer's instructions, or consult a painting professional.

 

A blue powder-coasted aluminium composite screen in a custom design makes interesting wall decor.

2. Aluminum or Mild Steel

 

Another two material options for a colored screen are aluminium and mild steel. Both of these materials can be installed indoor or outdoors and can come in any of the Dulux paint range color choices in a powder coating. Though both materials can also be purchased raw, the powder coating must be done professionally as an additional service at extra cost, with a processing time of 14 days. Powder coating aluminium is slightly less costly than the mild steel.

 


Gold powder-coating aluminum composite makes this 'Tokyo' screen design a warm, beautiful cover for unsightly patio units.

Gray and green powder-coated aluminium composite material screens in the 'Pretoria' and 'Cayman' screen designs make up this lovely and colorful fence around a children's school yard.


3. Aluminium Composite Material (ACM)

 

Not to be confused with aluminium, ACM is a lightweight material consisting of two pre-finished, heat-bonded sheets of aluminium that typically has a gloss color on one side and a matte color of the same shade on the other. Here is a color chart showing all the two sides of colors available for this type of material:

 

As with aluminium and mild steel, QAQ's ACM screens take 14 days to process.


This stylish lounge uses a MDF 'Altona' design decorative screen painted in high-gloss black paint as a room divider, creating added space for a cozy sofa arrangement.

If you are interested to learn more about colored decorative screens, email our screen guru Sam at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a ring. We are always happy to help you in getting just the right screen to make your dream home a reality!

 

~Christine


 


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