The Room of Repose - Colours and their Influence - White Enamelled Furniture - Cretonne and Bolton Sheeting - Ideas for Carrying Out a Scheme - Estimated Cost

A bedroom should be essentially a room of repose, with plenty of air and sunshine, and an absence of anything gloomy.

The colour of the walls of this room require quite an amount of serious thought. There is little doubt that some sensitive natures are tremendously influenced by colour.

In these days there are people who deliberately choose the colour of their rooms to suit their temperaments, knowing that they are influenced by their environment to such an extent that certain colours give them a sense of utter unrest.

The Influence Of Colour

A red room, perhaps, would be an ideal room for the dreamer - that is to say, the dreamer who is rather a bore to himself and his relations in particular. According to the popular theory, a red room would be excellent for him, creating, as it is supposed to do, a certain amount of "force."

On the other hand, blue - that exquisite shade known as celestial - is supposed to have a deliciously beneficient and soothing effect; so that a person who was so full of the joy of life that he could neither give himself or anyone else a moment's peace, would do well to choose a blue room for his slumbers.

But whatever colour we choose for our bedroom walls, let it be a hard and fast rule that it is a plain paper. Only a few days in bed in a room with a well-patterned wallpaper will prove how very trying it is for the mind and for the eyes to be resting perpetually on stripes or flowers, until at last one mechanically counts each leaf and spray. It is far better to have bedroom walls simply distempered, or papered in a plain paper.

There is no prettier bedroom than one which suggests an old-world flower, and surely there is no more decorative flower than the "hollyhock." This idea can be carried out quite easily in a most novel and attractive manner.

The Walls Of The Room

It is a good thing to look out for remnants of cretonne at sale times, and, especially if for the "hollyhock" bedroom, remnants of cretonne with a hollyhock design. This cretonne, allied with a deep oatmeal shade of Bolton sheeting, will be used for the loose covers of the chairs, the curtains, bed-hangings, and bedspread; also for the mantel border and a frill over the removable white shelves. But, first of all, we must think of the walls of the bedroom. Choose a plain white paper, and have a black wooden beading placed round the wall for the pictures - which, by the by, should be few in number and carefully chosen. The black beading will form a frieze - by dividing the wall.

Another idea would be to let this black beading run around the centre of the walls in two lines for the reception of photographs or old prints, as in the "chintz drawing-room." Sometimes there is a clever pen-and-ink artist on the premises - pen-and-ink sketches make a delightful addition to a room, let into the wall in the manner already described.

The actual furniture of the "hollyhock." bedroom should be of white enamelled wood. Even these things can be bought secondhand for quite half the price that they were originally sold for, and so it is quite well worth while to go on a voyage of discovery to second-hand shops before deciding definitely upon anything. A wardrobe, washing-stand, dressing-chest, and two chairs will be included in the ordinary artistic white enamelled suite; and much as a suite should be despised in a drawing-room, it certainly has a delightfully harmonious air in a bedroom.

A suite of this description costs anything from 8 18s. 6d. It can be most quaint and uncommon, with pewter fittings and stained glass. This is the type of furniture to look out for at sales. Very often people go abroad, or a crisis arises, and quite beautiful things are thrown upon the market.

The Use Of The Box-Ottoman

White enamelled removable bookshelves are useful, and they should be made by the ocal joiner. A writing-table is another useful article. It may not be possible to buy one of white enamelled wood. In that case it would be better to buy an artistic round white enamelled table. This can stand in the centre of the room, if convenient. It will also look home-like and dainty adorned with a bunch of simple flowers.

A box-ottoman is a most useful possession, and it is invaluable as a resting-place on a hot summer's afternoon, when a "beauty sleep" is indulged in. When the lid is raised, there is a cosy place for one's best hats, or it holds a multitude of dainty chiffons.

A lounge-chair is another luxury which we must try to obtain for the "hollyhock." bedroom. It should be bought secondhand. If not, it will be impossible to get anything under 1 10s.

Quite delightful white enamelled wooden bedsteads are on the market. They are extremely artistic, and cost about 2 5s. A good wire mattress will be required, and one of hair, a feather bolster, and two good-sized square pillows.

Toilet-sets now are truly things of beauty. For the hollyhock bedroom, nothing could be more delightful than a toilet set having an old Chelsea design. A deep rose toilet-set would also look well. If a set which had a hollyhock design could be procured, it would be ideal.

A plain rose felt or Axminster square should cover the floor. The surround looks well enamelled white.

The short window curtains look very dainty when made of rose-coloured art muslin and edged with a little fringe of "bobs." A most novel and effective way of making these window blinds is to cut the lengths of muslin on the cross. The two wide portions form the top of the blind. Edge the muslin with fringe, and when the rod is passed through the wide hem at the top the curtain falls in an effective cascade. Two of these cascade curtains go to each window.

Chair Covers

The Bolton sheeting and the cretonne are used for loose covers for the lounge-chair and for the box-ottoman. An upholsterer should cut out these covers, unless the proud housewife is quite sure that she can master the cutting-out problem. Before the covers are made up they must be returned to the lady of the house. With a sharp pair of scissors, cut out the hollyhock design from the cretonne. Tack one spray on the centre of the back of the chair on the Bolton sheeting. Another spray rests on the seat of the chair. These sprays are then appliqued on to the sheeting in soft shades of green mallard floss, the buttonhole-stitch being used. The sprays of hollyhocks must be appliqued on to the box-ottoman cover in the same manner, arranging the flowers in an artistic manner. They are returned to the upholsterer's to be made up. These covers are both beautiful and artistic.

The curtains, a frill for the bookshelves, and the bedspread are made of Bolton sheeting, upon which the hollyhocks are appliqued.

Line the curtains and the bedspread with rose sateen. If there is electric light in the room, rose shades of silk should be made to match the covers. The ornaments for this hollyhock bedroom should be of white china, simple but daintily moulded, and this will add the last touch to the room.

An Estimate Of The Cost

Roughly, the furnishing of such a room would cost as follows:

A  hollyhock  bedroom. The wallpaper should be white, with lines of black wooden beading for the pictures. The furniture should be in white enamelled wood, the floor covering of rose felt or carpeting, the hangings of rose muslin, and the covers of

A "hollyhock" bedroom. The wallpaper should be white, with lines of black wooden beading for the pictures. The furniture should be in white enamelled wood, the floor covering of rose felt or carpeting, the hangings of rose muslin, and the covers of

Bolton sheeting with cretonne appliques of hollyhocks

s.

d.

Old Chelsea toilet set......

0

12

6

White enamelled wood bedstead ..

2

5

0

Box-ottoman..........

1

19

6

Wardrobe, chairs, dressing-chest, washing-stand..............

8

18

6

Bookshelves..........

1

5

0

Writing-table ...................

1

10

0

Rose Square.....

3

0

0

Black beading ..................

1

0

0

Art muslin for curtains and fringe

0

4

0

Bolton sheeting and cretonne

2

2

0

Lounge-chair..........

1

10

0

Hair mattress ...............

1

10

0

Bolster..................

0

8

6

Two Pillows..................

0

9

0

Woven wire mattress......

0

12

3

Window rods..........

0

2

11

Black kerb ............................

0

7

6

Black and brass fireirons

0

6

6

Black and brass cauldron

0

3

3

Total ......

28

6

5