Decorative gates give homes charm and character, and are a lovely, welcoming object to behold after a day at work or time away from home. They can set the decor style for the rest of the house to come, with an endless variety of designs and materials that can be perfectly matched to any theme, from modern to provincial. Here at QAQ we have had many of the decorative screens we manufacture installed as gates, with custom sizing, painting, and choice of material chosen by the client to suit the needs of their home. Here are just a few of these projects, plus a look into some other rather gorgeous gates and gate details that make them so exceptionally charming.
Earlier this week I featured this gorgeous side gate on the left on QAQ's Facebook page; it's our 'Christchurch' screen design in compressed hardwood. On the right is the 'Pretoria' design in mild steel.
Here's the extremely popular 'Cayman' design in mild steel.
And again, same design, same material, but in a smaller size. The contrast between the Victorian home front and modern gate is strikingly attractive here. Now for just a few of the other gorgeous decorative gates I found online:
Gates like the top two are often made by a local artist adept at metal sculpture. The adorable flower gate at the bottom left looks like an easy DIY project using straight wooden rods and wood flower sculptures. The gate at the bottom right (not QAQ; artist unknown) is a very clever way to incorporate a decorative screen in a traditional gate structure.
Charming details in hinges and handles can continue a decorative theme and maximize character. Found objects like these horse shoes and old cake servers can be made into gate handles, or for a more polished art piece, an artist-crafted handle like the exquisite vines on the bottom left can be purchased through the online handmade market Etsy or at a local artist market (warning- Etsy is highly addictive!). Another fabulous gate detail is a latch to hold the gate open--which, as you can see it the top right picture, can be attached to a painted decorative timber buried firmly in the ground near the gate.
In the upcoming months check back for feature posts on how to install decorative screens as gates, part of a series of posts on all the ways decorative screens can be installed that began last week with 'How to Install a Decorative Screen on a Wall'.
QAQ's circular pattern decorative screen design 'Capri' suits modern, minimalist design in products and interiors and has the vibrant, playful energy of its stunning namesake, the island of Capri, Italy. Geometric shapes are extremely trendy at the moment, so rather than focus on the rather limited aesthetic connection this screen design has with its namesake, I've decided to focus this screen feature post on all the beautiful circular pattern decorative objects and products. But first, a few of our 'Capri' screen installations:
'Capri' in mild steel was used here to enclose a small outdoor area in order to create a bit of privacy.
In this office, 'Capri' screens in integral pvg have been installed as room dividers to create a separate lounge area. Integral pvg is always either black or white. (Please excuse poor-quality photo, our clients often use their phones cameras!)
Again in mild steel, 'Capri' screens have been used here to create a large backyard fence for a much more interesting backyard view.
'Capri' screens would suit many styles of interior decorating, especially those leaning toward retro, eclectic, modern, and minimalist. Circles break up the dominating vertical and horizontal lines of wall hanging arrangements, can be the focal points of symmetrically arranged furniture, and can work as a surprise feature where a circle is most unexpected.
The easiest ways to work circles into your decorating scheme would be to hang circular frames and mirrors on the wall or to decorate with spherical lampshades, lamp bases, and pendant lamps.
Here are is a fun and eclectic mix of circular pattern decor objects and products I found online and where to buy them:
1. Handmade Harmony Bangle Bracelet via Etsy by JLBox
2. Handmade Black and White Swirls Light Switch Cover via Etsy by Cathys Crafty Covers
3. Mingling Slats Mirror by Horchow
4. Handmade Contemporary White Ceramic Rocking Fruit Bowl by Golem Designs via Etsy
5. Handmade Decorative Throw Pillow via Etsy by The Motivated Type
6. Circular Geometric 'Darcy Pearl' Wallpaper by designyourwall.com
I hope you've enjoyed this brief foray into the world of circles, spheres, and circular patterns our 'Capri' decorative screen design inspires. For more circular decorating inspiration and a few stunning photos of the island of Capri, its namesake, see QAQ's Pinterest board on this design: 'Capri Design', alongside pin boards focusing on many other of our screen designs, with a new one each Tuesday!
The most affordable and basic way to enjoy a QAQ decorative screen is simply to hang it upon a wall as decorative wall art. Hanging a screen flat against the wall would seem to be the most obvious method, but it is also the least flattering. Screens are more three-dimensional artworks than flat canvases, so you want to make the most of the sculptural aspects of the inner cut-outs by hanging it a few millimeters from the wall, creating shadows, depth, and ultimately more of a visual impact in your home.
Most of the screens hung in the QAQ headquarters have been hung in this method, using a bolt called a standoff or separator. These can be easily purchased at any local hardware store, or purchased with the screens from QAQ. The standoff is a small two-piece bolt that has one bottom barrel that screws into the wall, and one top, flat-head piece that screws into the top of the screen and screws through to the bottom barrel. Two plastic washers sandwich the screen in between the two main pieces just to give it extra grip and protect the screen surface. It looks like this:
Standoffs come in many a variety of sizes and materials, such as: brass polished chrome or gold; brass satin chrome, silver, or gold; and in aluminium satin, blue, black, chrome silver, and satin silver. They should be matched to the color of your screen or interior decorating scheme.
Here's a black aluminium standoff on a black powder-coated aluminium 'Valencia' screen.
And here is a blue aluminium standoff on a blue powder-coated aluminium screen.
The larger the screen the more standoffs required, so we recommend one standoff per every 600 millimeters. If you purchase QAQ standard sized screens, this equates to:
Two of the larger screens we have in the QAQ showroom are an aluminium 'Pretoria' and corten 'Cayman'.
The corten screen has a brass polished chrome standoff and the aluminium screen has a matching aluminium chrome silver standoff. You can see the decorative possibilities of this simple detail in coordinating your screen with your overall interior or exterior decor scheme. And as any fashionista will tell you, style is all in the details!
Installing a screen onto a wall using standoffs is easy and will only take a few minutes work, though it's best to have an extra pair of helping hands to help you hold the screen in place for marking and screwing it into place. Here's how:
QAQ screens typically weigh around 4.5-5 kilograms each, while the larger, 2400 x 1200 mm size weigh up to 20 kilos, so be sure to hang the heavier screens on a hard wall for a maximum security hold.
So there you have it, our complete installation guide using standoffs. If you have any questions or issues regarding standoff installation, I am happy to assist you.
The 'Fern Leaf' decorative or privacy screen design is for nature lovers who admire the symmetry and beauty of the fern leaf. This design works really well on its own as an individual panel, or, when placed side-by-side, makes a dramatic impact on an enclosed space. It's 80% privacy and block-out rating makes it ideal for a backyard or patio that faces a nearby neighbor or street.
This enclosed patio gets just lots of privacy and just enough sun light to make it a cozy, inviting space.
This patio is a lot more open to the outdoors, yet needed a bit of enclosure to feel like an inviting alfresco dining area, so the single wall with one single centered 'Fern Leaf' panel works well to enclose the space while keeping a bit of sunshine. This is also a useful way to shield a patio that gets full sun during a part of the day.
Here two small 'Fern Leaf' panels in compressed hardwood hang as wall art to give this outdoor area a bit of character and tie the decor to the outdoor scenery.
The 'Fern Leaf' screen design inspires me to think about homes with a lot of potted plants, natural decor colors schemes, and natural furnishing textures, or with views out onto a forest--perhaps like those here in Victoria near the lush green fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges or the Otways. Here are some beautiful ways to match this design to the decor of your home, or, if you're longing to get away and immerse yourself in a whole forest of ferns, two of the loveliest tourist accommodation spots I found via my Pinterest search:
1. Handmade Watercolor Fern Leaves Throw Pillow by The Wooded Trail via Etsy
2. Fern Leaf Ceiling Fan by Faucetlist.com
3. 'The Treehouse' cottage rental by Arcadia Cottages located in the Dandenongs, Victoria
4. A lovely way to tie 'Fern Leaf' used as a garden screen would be to add the fern motif to your footpaths! While I couldn't locate exactly where these pebbles paths were made, I found a similar how-to article on using leafs to make concrete gardenfootpath stones connected to the photo here via Pinterest!
5. The luscious lagoon pools of the Silky Oaks Lodge in the exquisite Daintree Rainforest of Queensland
I don't know about you, but I am dying to visit the Daintree Rainforest now!
Hope you enjoyed this little foray into all things rain forest inspired by our 'Fern Leaf' decorative screen design. For more forest decorating inspiration, see QAQ's Pinterest board on this design: 'Fern Leaf Design', alongside pin boards focusing on many other of our screen designs, with a new one each Tuesday!