A two-toned green paper with a cream ceiling, weathered oak furniture and wood work, with Oriental rugs or American ones in shades of browns and a little red, make a satisfactory living room. Or one may use the copper brown tints for the walls with blues, browns and reds in the rugs. However, blue is likely to show soil and wear more easily than either browns or reds. Morris's words, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful", finds especial application in the sitting room. Where so many tastes are to be considered as in the family living room one can hardly hope for great beauty, but there should be harmony, comfort, and restfulness suggested by all the furnishing as well as durability and appropriateness. Chairs that do not tip over easily; tables that will hold the lamp, books and magazines and leave a little extra space are quite necessary here. Draperies and brie a brae should be conspicuous by their absence; a beruffled lamp and a bedecked sofa cushion are alike undesirable. A good light and comfortable chairs are essentials.
The furnishings of the parlor, are best characterized as delicate. Some one has said it corresponds to the afternoon tea toilet of the family. Whatever of elegance the family wishes to show will find its place here. Old rose or blues make a good background for the delicately upholstered furniture, the rare vase or bit of favrile glass, Oriental rugs with their mellowed tones will harmonize with almost any color.
DINING ROOM IN COLONIAL STYLE Edmund Quincy Sylvester, Architect.
The dining room requires little furniture besides the table, chairs and china which are its essentials. Soft yellow walls, mahogany furniture, ivory white paint and net curtains make a pleasing combination. Some prefer the Delft blue with cream ceiling, oak furniture and the Delft china displayed on the plate rail. The plate rail is a somewhat questionable feature, as sometimes used with a motley collection of old ugly china covered with dust, it is far from decorative. A sideboard on which a few good pieces are displayed at one time is likely to be more truly decorative, and a china closet built in, more useful.
Leather bottomed chairs are a desirable addition to a dining room, and burlaps may be used very successfully on its walls.
The kitchen furnishings should be such as can be kept clean easily. Linoleum, seems to have the preference as a floor covering. Tiles are expensive, hard for those who must walk over them constantly and a hard wood floor is more difficult to keep in order than linoleum. A good piece of linoleum will last for years and its use dispenses with the scrubbing which takes so much time and energy. If the worker is careful to wipe up the spots immediately, the care of the kitchen floor is reduced to a minimum.
In wall coverings, one has the choice of paper, calsomine, paint, enamel paper or oilcloth. Paint sometimes scales and its continuous use necessitates a number of coats which must finally be removed and this is a somewhat tedious and expensive process. Paper must be frequently renewed, the enameled paper is quite durable and can be wiped with a damp cloth; oilcloth stands this treatment still better, and for the woman who does her own work and does not wish to calsomine or paper her kitchen every season, it is perhaps the most satisfactory wall covering and it may be obtained in very attractive patterns and colors. Under present circumstances the kitchen may be a very attractive room and color schemes are as effective here' as anywhere.
DINING ROOM TREATED IN OAK.
Finish and Furniture after Modern English Style Frank Chouteau Brown. Architect.