Beaded Curtains for the 21st Century
This beaded curtain was constructed as a single panel rather than a bouquet of independently swinging chains. The chain links are, of course, see-through but the metal’s heaviness gives them authority as a breathable partition between dining room and what is presumably the kitchen on the other side. It is a more fluid and architectural take on the traditional folding screen for dividing a larger space into two zones.
Now we’re veering a bit closer to the beaded curtains of our youthful heyday, but instead of cheap plastic beads, a cascade of capiz shells lines this dining room bay overlooking a tidal marsh. The coastal views make the shells an inspired choice, while the multiple strands treat the diner to a sensory experience as they reflect the sun and rustle softly in the breeze.
People opt for canopy beds for the feeling of protection they provide. This bedscape proves that a full canopy isn’t necessary to make your side of the bed feel like a protective cocoon. Plus, the extra layer of light blocking provided by the sheer panel and beaded overlay makes this a prime spot for a softly lit afternoon nap.
Art and design need not always ask what’s practical, but what is beautiful, and these thick beaded bed “posts” are divine. WIthout even touching the bed frame, they manage to visually anchor the bed and tie all the black accents together for a look that is cohesive, rich, layered, and detailed.
Do thoughts of inviting a beaded curtain into your home still make you cringe? If you want something light and transparent but with a little dimension, maybe you’re a candidate for an embroidered sheer instead. This polka dotted darling is elegant and classy, and when you gaze at it from across the room, your first thought will never be that it’s really not so different from a beaded curtain, (even if it’s true).