Do you remember those vintage folding screens used in old Hollywood movies where actresses would flirtatiously go behind to discreetly change clothes? Thanks to the likes of Hayworth, Monroe and Harlow, those screens became iconic, as these bombshells draped dazzling garments over the top while carrying a conversation with their guest standing in the same room.
Once epitomized for their mystique and glamour in the world of apparel changes, folding screens now have made a significant revival in home fashion. While still functional, they are now incorporated throughout the home for decorative appeal.
Also known as room dividers, they create and define a space. You can use them as partitions to separate areas, block your nosy neighbors view into your window, or hide that little mess you've been meaning to get to.
But I love them for their sheer beauty!
They come in many different colors, themes and materials. There is something for everyone...do you want an Asian flair, a tropical escape or French elegance? Modern or antique? Wood, leather or rice paper? The options are limitless, you can pick the one that serves you best! I found this great 4 panel leather dark room divider at foldingroomdividers.net
It's handsome yet luxurious...hmm, a little bit out of my normal "oh so girly" things I love, but I've got the perfect spot for it in my own living room!
Folding screens are extremely versatile and are a fantastic way to freshen up and add aesthetic value to your home. They can make a large room cozy and can be used as a striking backdrop behind furniture. They make gorgeous headboards in your bedroom, stand-alone wall art behind a buffet in the dining area, and are more traditionally used to add a little pizazz in that harsh empty corner of the room.
So what are you waiting for, pick your spot....I know you're thinking about it! You may even be thinking about pulling your own Marylin moves behind the screen!
* Top photo is a portrait of Dolores Costello, Drew Barrymore's grandmother, leaning against a folding screen. Image from www.theshoppedesigns.com