If you've seen many of the decorative screen designs available but nothing has quite tickled your fancy, or if you are after something completely unique that no one else will ever have, consider having a custom designed screen made just for you.
By far the easier, less expensive option is to choose your favourite QAQ decorative screen design and have it changed to suit your needs. This may mean cutting the screen smaller or larger to fit a certain installation space, increasing or decreasing the privacy level of the screen by closing or opening up the design, or removing entire sections of the design. Screens can be cut on diagonals, in circles, or in whatever unusual shape you require. For this option, the customising cost on top of the basic costs of the screen is $100 an hour, and usually requires, on average, around 1.5 hours for the large majority of customised screens we produce.
Though this option is a greater investment, it can be the more personally fulfilling option, as you can choose your own design or create your very own artwork and know that you have a completely unique screen that exactly suits the style of your home and more fully expresses and reflects your individual taste. The crucial element of having a custom design made in this way is the quality of the image or file that you choose to send in to our design team. You may send us either a ready-to-cut vector file, or you could simply send a picture of what you desire and we will turn it into a ready-to-cut file. The custom design fee here is, again, $100 per hour, but the average time for this option is around 8 hours. However, you can dramatically reduce the time required to make your file workable by:
• Sending vector files that are 'clean' and have no broken links, overlapping paths, stray points, and that consider the strengths of the design's connective points. It would be a good idea to have a friend or family member who is adept at using vector software to peruse the file and catch-out any irregularities. File types to send us are: dwg., eps., and dxf.
• Sending images that are clear, with as high resolution as possible, minimum 300 gpi, and that show either the complete design you desire or the complete pattern to be repeated in your design.
In addition, try to imagine how the design will work as one piece when it is cut out. Will all the connecting points be strong enough to hold the weight of the inner pieces? Will any inner pieces need to be connected to the larger whole? Will there be areas that allow too much or too little privacy or light? Generally, the simpler the design, the easier and less expensive the total design to production process.
Lastly, a critical issue you must not forget is copyright. We cannot reproduce another artist's or company's designs legally unless you own the rights to the design and can produce proof of ownership. If you love a design but do not own the rights to it, you may create something similar but never exactly the same. The law requires 40% of the total design be altered or completely changed in order to legally reproduce something similar.
2. You will receive a quote and estimated design time required.
3. You send through 50% of the payment before we can begin working on your design.
4. When we have the design finished, we send you a proof to approve. Sometimes this process requires a bit of email ping-pong so that we can provide you with exactly what you after and what we know will work well when cut by our machines.
5. When we have your final approval, we then begin the production of the screen.
The customizing of an existing design usually requires 14 business days while the creation of a unique design requires 21 business days.
Hope this answers most of the questions you may have been wondering on how the whole custom design process works with QAQ decorative screens!
The 'Cairo' screen is a minimalist, modern, orderly design that could accommodate almost any contemporary decorating style quite easily, but just for the fun of it--and because of its namesake--let's indulge in a little ancient North African decor, and take a walk like an Egyptian through some of the QAQ projects that have installed 'Cairo' decorative screens!
Here a 'Cairo' cut in mild steel and powder coated a beige color has been installed as a room divider between an open lounge and a foyer, installed by QAQ's installation partner, Installation Works.
This serene pool side wall needed some kind of decorative lift to add interest, and by painting the wall dark and installing multiple 'Cairo' screens cut in ACM (aluminium composite material), not only does this space look less closed-in and boring, it has been given real character.Another view from the same poolside project from the lounge. You can see why the wall, which is a central focal point from the lounge window, was in much need of added interest. No plain painted wall could serve this home so beautifully as the installment of decorative screens.
Though the 'Cairo' design could flexibly suit many decor styles, here is a collection of Egyptian-themed interiors that it would also be right at home alongside. Many QAQ screen materials can be painted any color to match any interior decorating color scheme.If you've ever taken a fancy to the Egyptian ethnic style, finding tasteful decor and fashion products can be a challenge, as the cheap and kitschy endlessly abound, but stylish exceptions do exist, and with a little moderation on the overly-representative, a good mix of just the right number of Egyptian-themed accents can evoke this beautiful, ancient culture. Here is a selection available online at this time:
For more inspiring decor ideas around the 'Cairo' 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.
Decorative screens can create a dramatic visual impact when used in a garden setting, making it more inviting, more interesting, more physically comfortable, and more exotic, depending upon the style and how it is installed. Beautiful designs evoke emotional responses in us, and every design has it's own unique character, evoking a different feeling within us, just like the design of a particular style of garden, from modern and tightly manicured Zen garden to a luscious lavender and wisteria-overflowing English cottage style. A well-matched screen and garden can harmoniously create a truly luxurious garden space that you never want to leave on those days when the weather is a kind and accommodating host.
Here are 10 creative ways you can add a decorative garden to screen to your home garden, starting from the rather common ways many of us already know, to a few that perhaps haven't occurred to you, and just might be the answer to an eye-sore or issue you may have with your outdoor space.
One of the most obvious uses of a decorative screen is as a shield from prying eyes. To be able to have a smoke in private, eat a big weekend breakfasts with your partner in your bathrobes, BBQ with your mates and consume a slight overabundance of alcohol, or simply to be downright silly while playing with your pets or children. You need privacy to feel relaxed, comfortable, and to enjoy your garden to its full potential. Decorative screens can offer this, in various percentages of block-out to suit your needs.
2. Prevent Skin Cancer
Nobody needs the full hellishly scorching rays of the Australian summer sun on their skin for more than a few minutes at a time. If you don't have any shield from the sun in your garden, you risk the frying up of all your hard yard work and the cell-imploding cancerous aftermath of an unnaturally ozone-depleted sun on those few but unforgettably-apocalyptic hot days we must endure each year. Get a decorative screen and protect yourself and your precious greenery.
Adding decorative screens across the top of an existing fence is a great way to increase the privacy of your garden when what you have just doesn't quite make you comfortable enough. Perhaps a new development in your neighborhood now aligns a view of your garden with a neighbor's window, or the trellis work atop your fence is rotting and got partially destroyed by an overweight possum. Decorative screens are a cheaper answer to the problem than having to install an entirely new fence.
The inviting charm of a decorative screen installed as a gate door with a bucolic garden setting behind it is irresistibly motivating for a green thumb, and a large metal gate with a bold design on it is intimidating to an intruder. Gates set the mood for what kind of garden you enclose, and decorative screens can really make this a clear statement. They will also deter thieves, stray dogs, juvenile delinquents, and angry ex-partners from accessing your private property, conveniently.
When your little patch of land is overflowing with plants but you would like to continue planting, use the space of your garden wall enclosure to grow your garden vertically! This is an especially popular way to have a larger garden if you live in an urban area with limited outdoor space. Decorative screens placed in strategic positions can keep each wall 'patch' separate while beautifully decorating the spaces in between. We love the green walls at Pap's Vertical Gardens, a QAQ screen distributor in Caulfield, Victoria.
6. Make Your Garden Walls Less Boring
As outdoor decorative art, nothing beats a beautiful screen design placed along a wood fence, rendered walls, bricks walls, or any other large surface that would otherwise go bare and be boring. All QAQ screen designs can be cut in a variety of materials to suit the outdoors, and some, such as aluminium composite material (ACM), can be powder-coated in a number of colors. But the creative aspect does not stop there! You can create your own design, become the artist, and have your own custom screen made up to exactly suit the dream wall art you've always wanted.
7. Replace a Pen or Shed Door
Often shed or pen doors are haphazard, dilapidated affairs put together by somebody's half-blind grandpa, with rusty hinges and bolts that never meet the latches evenly, and rotting wood. Replace those doors with lightweight decorative screens! They will give the old shed or pen a face lift, let more light into that unlit shed, and best of all, they cost a lot less than a heavy wooden door.
8. Create Sunlit Shelving
Raise pot plants and gardening gear off the floor and organize your possessions with shelving created from decorative screens. The advantage over a solid shelving unit is that a decorative screen will allow sunlight to flow through the spaces, keeping any plant life underneath alive and thriving. Screens can be made in metal or wood in any custom size for installation in any size nook or cranny.
9. Build a Pergola
With a number of screens, you could create an island oasis in a larger backyard. There's no need to start from scratch either; you could buy the basic wooden frame of a pergola and clad it with decorative screens to create more shade or privacy. If you have an event planned, such a wedding, you could have the entire thing designed and painted exactly to your taste.
Decorative screens can be nailed along the bottom or backside of porch benches or even made into table tops, cabinet doors, or along the porch railing. Not only do screens beautify the otherwise boring wooden porch, they are especially useful to keep young kids from squeezing their heads through porch railings!
So there you have it! 10 creative uses for QAQ screens you might not have previously known.
If you can think of any creative ways you've seen decorative screens used, tell me how in the comments section!
Named after the beautiful city of Pretoria in South Africa, the 'Pretoria' screen design evokes the feeling of a wild, energetic natural landscape with a unifying harmony that suits contemporary decor especially well.
This decorative screen design is popular in darker colors, as bolder colors seem to suit its bold design.
A similar design with thinner inter-crossing lines is its sister design, 'Utah', seen here on the right.
Two 'Pretoria' screens line the walls here at QAQ Headquarters.
The irregular, strong lines and rough shapes of this design give it an almost intimidating, forbidding feeling, which makes it an ideal decorative statement piece when installed as a gate or in an entrance way in an urban street setting.
Here are some modern, African decorating schemes that a 'Pretoria' screen would work alongside with well:
For more inspiring decor ideas around the 'Pretoria' 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.