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Helpful Tips on Choosing the Right Decorative Screens

Posted on 22 February, 2019 at Decorative Screens

Laser cutting is critical for a huge range of industries around the world, but many people don’t spare it a second thought when it comes to home décor. However, metal fabrication can actually produce stunning results if you know what to look for. With a huge range of designs and styles available, as well as customisation for completely unique finishes, decorative screens are essentially works of art that offer sun protection, privacy and visual interest, regardless of whether they are used indoors or out! To ensure your screening complements your home, we’ve put together our professional tips and tricks for choosing wall panels that suit your space, needs and personal taste. 




The best thing about decorative screens is that almost any design is possible – ensuring you can create a piece to suit almost any space! Choose an ornate yet refined pattern to complement a period home, an organic style for a bohemian backyard, or an ethnic inspired piece to recreate a Middle Eastern Bazaar. Whilst the pattern may need to be modified by our team to ensure there is enough screen left to support the panelling, these changes will be very minor. 




With a huge range of materials to choose from, it’s important that you choose the one that will complement the pattern style and suit your application needs. When most people think of laser cutting, they think of metals, but that isn’t your only option. 


•Metals are of course, well suited to laser cutting and can create a clean, burr free edge. Steel, brass, lead, aluminium, titanium and copper are all popular choices. If you’re looking for sleek and modern decorative screens, stainless steel is an excellent choice. If you’d prefer something more rustic, consider the warm tones of copper and brass. A common material choice is aluminium followed by powdercoating. This provides superior corrosion resistance and dozens of colour choice options, all whilst keeping the weight to a minimum.


•Timber is another material that offers excellent results, with clean and square edges that are darkened by the laser. Make sure you consider where you will be placing your decorative screens, as exposed timber won’t offer the same durability that metal will if it is used outdoors. 


•Plastic, and acrylic in particular, can be cut with laser energy for smooth and glassy lines. Coloured plastics can look fabulous in a range of projects, and can even offer similar results as stained glass!


If you have a different material in mind, don’t hesitate to contact our team. With over 20 years’ experience, we’ve cut (or attempted to) just about everything.



The application of your decorative screens is almost as endless as your design choices – and though hanging or installing your screening is the last step in creating your panelling, it was probably the first thing you thought of! 


•Interior options include everything from dividing two different rooms or covering windows for added privacy. Thanks to their attractive design, they can also be used as pieces of art and simply hung on the wall in place of a photo or painting. 


•Exterior uses are just as varied, as they make excellent privacy screens, attractive fencing or as the walls of an outdoor enclosure. If you consider yourself a green thumb, consider using them as vertical gardens by planting creeping foliage or florals at their base. 


Through laser cutting, you have the power to design and create decorative screens that are unique to your home and family. Whatever you’re looking for, Arrow Laser has the skills and experience to bring it to life (or suggest an even better alternative). We know how difficult it can be choosing a design or dreaming one up yourself, so if you’re struggling to narrow down your options, speak with our friendly team today.