A room divider is not a common setting seen in Indian homes. The reason perhaps lies in the fact that most of us don’t know how to place it to add to the aesthetic value of the place. Experts guide as how they can be innovatively used.
Hide them smart
“There are various styles in which dividers are used in various parts of the world. Some use movable panels, screens using silk panels, slatted bamboo screens, or a woven bamboo called Bedegas dividers,” says Bindu Vadhera, director, Varya Design.
Curtains, room dividing screens and folding doors are the most common dividers/ separators. “Thick, plush velvet curtains can also be used as dividers, and can be doubled as room separators. These can be stitched by a local tailor and put in place by a local carpenter,” says Anuja Gupta, director, Apartment 9. Think out of the box
To give a luxurious effect, one can also use padded or upholstered partitions. These suit both traditional as well as contemporary settings. Woven fabrics and leather are other panel materials that can be experimented with. For enhancing the look, “Empty water bottles, usually made of transparent polyethylene, could be arranged in an artistic way (interlocking) within a fixed wooden frame, possibly made from broom handles. Another material would be handmade paper. This can be layered onto transparent plastic sheet then suspended or applied to a wooden frame. The effect could be quite subtle and artistic,” suggests Vadhera. “Bamboo screens painted in myriad bright colours, or dividers work well where rooms are used for multipurpose usage,” adds Gupta.
Varied uses of a divider in a room
In multi-functional rooms, use it to hide treadmills, home office equipment, etc. Used mainly in an open-plan area.
They can be used as a backdrop for things like pianos, or as a platform. n Even as backdrop for an artwork and sculpture, they add to the décor.An area where they can make a comeback is as a division behind which women can change (as in Victorian days).