The dining room should be one of the most cheerful and inspiring rooms of the house. It is the place where the family gathers to enjoy meals together, and nothing insures a better start than having breakfast in a bright and cheerful room.

If the dining room and living room are connected by a small door, the walls may be in some light, cloudy landscape paper, or in a small allover pattern in light cream, buff, gray, tan, or putty color. Blue is not recommended because blue, in large quantities, either in walls or hangings, absorbs the light and makes a room look gloomy.

Do not display china or glassware in a so-called china closet. A built-in corner cupboard, or a small mahogany or rosewood cabinet, which might hold rare bits of pottery and china, is permissible. It is far better to use the pantry shelves for china than to crowd it into a china closet. A few pieces of sterling silver,1 such as a tea set, after-dinner coffee set, candlesticks and compote bowls, are more desirable for sideboard and serving-table display than plated ware or glass. Heavy pottery and brass make a good second choice. In the case of a Welsh dresser type of sideboard, a few rare plates, pewter or silver, may be displayed.

Floor Coverings

Carpets, rugs, or linoleum. The entire floor may be covered with carpet or linoleum, the same as the living room, or with one large rug, preferably in an allover design in the orientals, Wiltons, velvets, chenilles, and Axminsters. Linen fiber, wood fiber, grass fiber or wool braided rugs are appropriate for country houses or summer furnishing.

Table

In any of the hardwoods or painted softwoods. Round or square extension, drop-leaf, gate-leg, or refectory, in a reproduction of any of the straight or curved line periods.

Chairs

Six or eight, to match in wood and design the dining-table, or of some similar wood, or a dark painted finish of a period or style similar to that of the table.

Sideboard

To match the table in wood and design. Or it may be an interesting old chest of drawers, spinet, low-boy, or large console with drawers.

Serving-table2 - To match the sideboard in wood and design. Or it may be a small low-boy, a console with folding top, a gate-leg table, or a small chest of drawers.

Nest of tables.2 - Small, square, or oblong in any of the hardwoods, or in a painted or lacquered finish.

1 It is wise to remember that any such display accumulates dust.

2 Should be considered as accessory rather than as necessary furnishings.

Mirror.1 - Long, oblong, or upright in gold-leaf, antique gilt, wood, or painted frame.

Pictures.1 - Few are necessary in a dining room. These may be in gold-leaf, antique gilt, natural wood, or painted frames; types: Oils, water-colors, etchings, engravings, or colored prints; subjects: Still life, landscapes, or other subjects.of interest to family and friends.