How to achieve zen with serene home spaces

Drawing from 8th century design inspiration, shoji screens are sliding wood panels that incorporate rice paper stretched over the frame. Letting in soft light, the rice paper remains opaque and adds a calming effect with the rhythmic designs of the wood. Many homeowners today include shoji screens in their spaces to harness functional design with inspired style. A home is meant to be a calm retreat from chaos.

Terrance Maloney, of, chooses sliding door hardware he can trust for all his modern and functional shoji screens. Maloney built his first shoji screen in 1980 and creates standout screens for commercial and residential spaces. With intelligent design and versatile product lines, he’s been able to provide his customers flawless work since his business opened in 2000.

Having built more than 680 shoji screens, Maloney exclusively specifies Johnson Hardware. Through the years, Maloney has tried several door hardware systems from manufacturers all over the world.

When requested to create a space for guests to relax within a home office, Maloney designed a private guest area behind subtle and demure sliding shoji panels inspired by the calming view of the ocean.

“Shoji screens can transform the feel of a space. The softly diffused light that passes through the screens and crisp lines of the panels are calming on the soul,” says Maloney. With the space-optimizing screens, the large room transformed into two distinct settings by maximizing existing square footage while infusing a Zen-like atmosphere. Perfect for saving space, adding privacy and creating versatile floor plans, the soft light and calming design of shoji screens can transform any space, big or small.

“No one wants a shoji screen that does not open and close smoothly. Bumps in the track, bouncing doors or screens that fall off the track are frustrating,” says Maloney. Shoji screens create a Zen-like atmosphere, but selecting the wrong door hardware can cause unnecessary frustration. Maloney relies on the smooth operation of Johnson Hardware products to create serene spaces with his unique and custom shoji screens. “With Johnson, there is never an issue,” says Maloney. The stringent testing of all Johnson Hardware products to ANSI standards, along with intelligent design, keeps all his customers’ shoji screens gliding smoothing for years and years and makes callbacks virtually non-existent.

Versatile door hardware has allowed Maloney to design for a wide variety of spaces and needs. “I’ve used Sliding, Bifold, Multi-Pass, Wall Mount and Pocket Door Hardware from Johnson and I’ve never had a problem,” says Maloney. Some of his past projects include a set of three 10 foottall sliding screens for a custom home, sliding panels for law offices, as well as expansive 5 foot wide sliding screens for a women’s spa. According to Maloney, “Johnson Hardware provides a cost effective solution and makes the best hardware for my shoji screens.”

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Source: ARA/Hillwood Square