Folding screens have always given a room style while concealing something unattractive or ugly. Screens do have a history in interiors.
Ancient Chinese screens were made of painted wood. In ancient Japan. screens were made of portable paper that was painted, lacquered or gilded. In the 16th century, Asian folding screens were brought to European traders and the idea spread across Europe.
The concept is more than decorative as screens can hide an unacceptable view or section off a room based on current functions. On a trip to Paris and London, I noticed that screens are offered in all the design shops as a beautiful option to section off the studio-sized apartments that are prevalent in European cities.
Design ideas are unlimited today with modern manufacturing techniques. You can make a screen using wood panels stained or lacquered to compliment the room's wall color. Or a screen using a wood or metal framework can then be filled in with panels of fabric or wallcovering. Mirrored screens not only hide the unsightly or partition a room, but the reflections expand the space visually. Incorporating an antique folding screen into an interior adds beauty with precious artwork.
And if you no longer want to use the screen as a partition, you can hang it on a wall as a piece of art. A folding screen may be the answer to that design problem that won't disappear.