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Sweeping interior spaces can look divine, but too much open space can read as cold and impersonal, and a lack of privacy is inconvenient at best. Incorporating a decorative screen or room divider into a design can give you the best of both worlds — you can preserve an open look while creating intimacy, add visual interest to a space, and add privacy if needed.

In a small room, a room divider can lend much-needed privacy. In a bathroom, you might choose opaque glass to create a screen that will partition off a tub. In a shared walk-in closet, you could create a private dressing area. In a child’s room, a screen can conceal a messy play area and give a girl or boy a fun sense of secrecy.

Expansive areas are common in today’s open floor plans, where kitchen blends into dining area blends into living room. A room divider can help define distinctive spaces without breaking a room apart like walls would. With the right room divider, you can preserve long sight-lines and have coziness. It’s the best of both worlds.

Incorporate an iron partition to create a seating area in a master bedroom or set off a bar in a game room. Use a divider on a patio to create his and hers areas, so groups of friends can be together but separate. Or use a screen to give the illusion of a hallway without the hallway.

A divider made of decorative iron elements only — no glass, few if any solid areas — allows a space to be functionally separate from the main area yet remain very much connected.

And a thoughtfully design divider is artwork and a conversation piece.

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