Innovative screens abound
Where to start? This trend is enormous and shows no sign of slowing. Screens may be simple timber slats along the exterior of a house or a floor-to-ceiling balustrading, or they may be delicate metal filigree panels over doors and windows.
Screens can transform the ‘‘ordinary’’. They bring an artistic, handmade element to the mix – often they are made from metal with a punched pattern that allows the light to create patterns on a wall. They also provide privacy and security while allowing natural ventilation. No matter whether it’s metal, steel or timber, a screen is a win-win device.
2016 has also a year when we have revelled in contrasting heavy with light. Heavy timber ceilings appear to float above expansive, open-plan living areas, thanks to bands of high glazing and clever structural steel. Technological advances mean cantilevered elements are heavier and all the more dramatic.
On the inside, freestanding walls leave huge ceiling planes uninterrupted. Cabinetry doesn’t go all the way up to the ceiling, and the only rooms that are completely closed off are the bedrooms. And even then, the master bedroom is likely to be open to the bathroom, with freestanding walls providing the only privacy.
We expect even more innovative screening next year.