5 Tips for Living Room Screening

As what has been mentioned several times, the most effective small apartment decorative tricks are the simplest one. A helpful decor mechanism is through screening.

In this photo of a top­-floor apartment living room, a dramatic orange screen and colorful furniture focuses the attention to the lower half of the room.

Divided kitchen and living room area - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 1

Divided kitchen and living room area

Because of the low ceiling, there is a need to draw the eye away from it through the cheerfully colored screen. It makes the room look more spacious, while the color scheme also helps to energize an otherwise cool, dark room.

The screen is done our of timber frame covered with plywood, while the shape echoes the semi-circular window, allowing as much daylight as possible into the kitchen.

Put at an angle to the wall, the screen creates a distinct dynamic that helps bring this space to life. It also serves to enclose the kitchen and living area.

5 Tips for Living Room Screening

  1. As shown in the photo, some form of screening behind a sofa is important if it sits in the middle of the room. But it does not have to be a permanent construction. Paneled screens, or even a table that is as high and as wide as the sofa, would work just fine.
  2. Screens, whether fixed or movable, should stop short of the ceiling so that daylight filters on every corner of the room, preventing a feeling of claustrophobia.
  3. Use a paneled screen to define the space. A screen will create a sense of intimacy around a dining table.
  4. Try unfolding a screen in front of the window at night as an alternative to draperies. In an older apartment, full length integral folding shutters also are good options.
  5. Lengths of fabric or blinds hung from a ceiling make perfect room dividers, as they can be tied back easily to open up the space. Use plenty of fabric for a generous effect, and make sure that the fabric can be removed for cleaning.

Previous: Awkward Spaces, Galleries and Patterns

Next: Lighting Tips