Using a Room Divider as an Interior Design Element

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Using a Room Divider as an Interior Design Element

Staff Writer · May 10, 2010

A room divider is a great way to break up a larger room and turn a single room into two or more. A room divider, though, can be a wonderful interior design element in itself. The following tips will help you in choosing and using a room divider as both a means to create separation and to enhance your living room decorating.

The Material and Color of the Divider

First and foremost, you should determine which material will look best in the space. Room dividers can be made of solid wood, fabric, a combination of fabric and wood, or metal. When determining which material will look the best in the room, you must consider the other furniture, colors and décor it currently contains.

If the room’s furniture is dark or light, using a room divider of opposite wood tone will cause make the divider appear out of place. However, just because your living room contains other wood furniture does not mean that you must use a wood room divider. A fabric, metal or painted room divider may add color and dimension. Keep in mind, though, that an overly colorful room divider may overwhelm the space.

The Size of the Divider

Room dividers are typically three to four panels of a foot or more wide and high. There are shorter and narrower room dividers available that may fit the room’s dimensions better. Prior to purchasing a room divider, measure the space where you intend to put the piece, including its height, to make sure you purchase an appropriately sized divider.

If you do not intend to use the room divider to separate the space into two rooms, you may not need to purchase a very tall or wide one. A narrower or shorter divider will add color and dimension to your living room décor.

The Placement of the Divider

The most important thing to determine prior to purchasing a room divider is where you will place it inside the living room. Of course, this determination is also required for you to know what are of the room to measure.

When placing the room divider, thing outside the box. Placing it against a wall is a great way to draw color into the room, but may not permit it to be fully eye-catching. Consider placing it at an angle in a corner. The contrast between the corner’s right angle and the divider’s forty five degree angle will draw more attention to the divider. Additional placements are behind a sofa or half covering a doorway. These are interesting, unique places for a room divider that will draw attention and not detract from the room’s other décor.

Room dividers are easily used as part of any room’s décor because of their easy motility. Because room dividers are typically thin and foldable, you will be able to them room divider in several different areas of the room or house without upsetting your other décor. If you are dissatisfied with your original placement, do not hesitate to move it to another area.

A room divider is an often overlooked item that can be easily added to any room’s décor for dimension, color and interest. Because of their many sizes, colors and fabrics, there is certainly a room divider that will fit well into your home.

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