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Folding Screens from the 1920s are Back in Style

February 24th, 2012

Japanese folding screen, byobu; 屏風Two-to-four panel folding screens were seen in many showrooms at the recent furniture market in High Point, N.C. Upholstered screens were especially popular.

Like upholstered headboards, screens can make a bold visual statement in a room. You can button-tuft screens and outline them with nailhead trim.

They come in every price range, from the $46,000 hand-lacquered Eileen Gray Brick Screen to attractive screens at Crate and Barrel and the Pottery Barn that sell for $250 to $500.

Or you can build a screen yourself!

Home-decor writer Sally Falk Nancrede says the revival is a big deal because screens provide color and pattern to those who don’t want to commit to patterned furniture. Prints come in colors like raspberry, taupe, gray and pink prints, or pink.

They can be used as room dividers or to create a mood. New screens come in vibrant patterns that dress up a room. A popular size is 76 inches wide by about 6 feet high and with four panels.

The $4,485 two-panel screen from Barker Furniture features walnut parquet and leather. It’s 4 1/2 feet wide and 5 feet high.
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