If the entry be dark, as is sometimes the case, the walls should be papered in a light, cheerful tone, and the woodwork painted white. If the entry be well lit, a few simply framed etchings, photographs, or engravings hung at eye height at regular intervals add interest, and it is also sometimes convenient to have a curtain screen half-way down such a corridor, and to make privacy when the front door is open.

Flats are designed to economise space and labour, and there is no room for lumber, and nothing is more trying than to be dodging furniture wherever one moves. Comfort and service should be the main idea of the furnisher.

Dining Or Living Room

Supposing the dining-room walls are hung with a plain silk fibre or a coarse linen canvas paper in a light buff shade, having a frieze 2I inches deep above the picture-rail, dark oak paint would be an attractive finish, and a brown linoleum surround to an Indian tapestry carpet in dull fawn and red would look quite admirable with oak furniture. The casement curtain might be in the light buff tone of the wallpaper.

The approximate cost of furnishing such a room would be as follows :

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s.

d.

2

0

0

0

I2

0

Oak dresser and sideboard combined ..

7

I8

6

2

I0

0

I

I1

0

Easy-chair, tapestry covered

2

I9

6

Two oak armchairs, rush-seated

2

5

0

Small table............

0

8

6

Two pairs casement curtains with loops

0

I0

6

Kerb ..............

0

7

6

0

4

6

0

3

6

0

I0

6

22

I

0

One or two prints or photographs in dark frames are all that will be needed for this room, and for ornaments old blue china would be in harmony. An oak dwarf bookcase, at a guinea or thirty shillings, should be included in the dining-room furniture. Drawing or Sitting Room

A grey and pink drawing-room is quite one of the most charming colour combinations. The paper might be grey-striped with a rose-crown frieze, and the woodwork painted in ivory colour. The grey carpet, to harmonise, should be rose-bordered, and the curtains should be also of soft grey, appliqued with roses. A Chesterfield and one large armchair, covered in a grey and pink chintz, and a few pieces of Sheraton are all the furniture needed for this room.

The cost of furnishing works out as follows :

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d.

3

I I

0

0

I0

0

Two pairs rose-appliqued curtains

I

I5

6

3

3

0

Chesterfield with loose cover

5

5

0

2

5

0

In this pretty bedroom the paint is white, the paper of an old floral chintz pattern, the hangings cream coloured casement cloth, and the furniture fumed oak. Green linoleum or Japanese matting linoleum will be the most suitable floor covering. The entire cost of furnishing should not exceed 20

In this pretty bedroom the paint is white, the paper of an old floral chintz pattern, the hangings cream coloured casement cloth, and the furniture fumed oak. Green linoleum or Japanese matting linoleum will be the most suitable floor covering. The entire cost of furnishing should not exceed 20

Two Sheraton inlaid small chairs

2 I

s. 6

I9

I7

I9

7

5

3

d.

0

0 6

6

6

One set black-and-brass fireirons

O

0 3

24

7

3

First Bedroom

In this, the larger bedroom, the papering might be in an old floral chintz pattern, and the paint white. Linoleum is quite the most sanitary form of floor covering. This might be a plain green, or the Japanese matting linoleum, which is light and effective. Cream-toned casement curtains will be found the most serviceable if this room is at all sunny, and fumed oak furniture is more durable than white in a town flat.

About twelve yards of 1 Is.6d.a yard, would cost Pair of casement curtains

inoleum,

at

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9 2 I 2 O O O O O

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7

I3

I2

8

I5 I0

I 0 I8 8 6

5 5

d. 0

6

Two rugs, at 6s. 6d. each

0

6

9 0

Fumed oak bedroom suite, comprising wardrobe, washstand, dressing-chest,

0 0

0

6

9 0

Kerb .......

3 9

20

0

0

Second Bedroom

A green room is always restful. With a Japanese paper, having a green cherry-blossom pattern on a grey-white ground, and a plain green linoleum and casement curtains of cream, this would form an effective setting for fumed oak or white or green-painted furniture. It would be economy to select the same linoleum for both bedrooms. Cream casement curtains (or white-grey), to tone with the wallpaper, might be chosen.

A green-painted bedroom suite of wardrobe, dressing-chest, marble-top washstand, with towel-rail, and two cane-seated chairs would cost ..

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s. .

5 I2

I7

5

4 I2

7 5 5 5 7

d.

0 0 6

6

Pillow .......

3 0

6

0

Kerb ..........

0

0

0

I2

5

9

A box-ottoman will cost about a guinea.

Most modern flats are fitted with bathrooms. A blue-and-white tiled paper is cool and clean for this room. Curtains are seldom needed, as the window-glass is opaque. The bath-room is always small, so about I0s. should be sufficient to spend on a cork carpet covering, and perhaps 5s. for a towel-rail, small mirror, and bath-mat. Total, I5s.

Hall

Ten shillings also might be estimated as the cost of covering a small square hall with brown parquet linoleum :

Linoleum ..........

s. 0 I0

d. 0

Cocoa mat ..........

0 5

6

Three door-mats........

0 I0

0

Fumed oak hat-and-coat rail Umbrella-stand ........

0 6 0 5

9 3

\

I I7

6

Kitchen

We are now left with the kitchen, the equipping of which will need a longer bill than most people anticipate, but a good deal can be saved by avoiding services and buying the necessary cups, plates, and dishes for a small party only. A table and two chairs are about all the furniture needed, for dressers are always fixtures. A good light sanitary paper should cover the walls, and black-and-white-tiled linoleum the floor.

Allowing say, I4 Is.6d., the cost

yards would

of linoleum, be .. .. ,

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s.

I I3 5 5 5

d. 0

6

8

6

Cretonne curtains

6

2

I I

2

An additional sum of 5 must be allowed for utensils, as it is a bad policy to economise on these. The small scullery is generally fitted with a plate-rail, and a dust-bin is also provided.

Summary

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20

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5 I5

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d. 0

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Hall ..............

6

2

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Box ottoman and bookcase at I Is.

88 2

I7 2

8 0

90

I9

8

It will be seen that quite a good little flat can be got together, furnished for a little over 90, leaving a comfortable margin towards household linen, china, glass, and cutlery.