A word should be said in this connection regarding draperies for they have a potent influence in making or marring the artistic effect of the room. If of the right color and suitable material they add much to the attractiveness of the room. A beautiful portiere may serve as a picture in giving color and brightness to a dull room. In general their color should follow that of the walls. In order to give variety, if the walls are plain the curtain should be figured; while if the walls are covered with figured paper the curtain gives variety by plainness.
The law of appropriateness should be observed in regard to window hangings. Curtains do soften the lines and take away the bareness and stiffness from the room, but that fact does not. make it desirable to have a double set of draperies in a living room. The family need the light, air, and sunshine which the hangings, particularly if they are heavy, shut out. We forget that the heavy hangings were used originally for the purpose of keeping out the wind and rain which entered through the openings cut in the walls of the castle.
Texture and quality are important factors in selecting draperies. Silk lends itself most easily to graceful folds, and wool comes next, but alas! woolen stuffs are a favorite haunt for moths. This leaves cotton and linen for inexpensive hangings and there is a large list from which to choose; chintzes, lawns, muslins, cretonnes, denims, Madras, hop-sacking and countless others. Chintzes have a large use in bedrooms and in summer houses. Denim is very much prized by some - in indigo blue it is apt to hold its color well; that and Turkey red are the two colors which are most nearly "fast" in cotton stuffs. Madras makes very pretty and effective curtains for those who are not so old-fashioned as to feel that nothing is quite so satisfactory as white. The fading of most of the cotton stuffs is a serious objection to their use. Mrs. Wheeler says in "Principles of Home Decoration": "There is a place waiting in the world of art and decoration for what in my own mind I call the missing textile. This is by no means a fabric of cost, for among its other virtues it must possess that of cheapness. To meet an almost universal want it should combine inexpensiveness, durability, softness, and absolute fidelity of color, and these four qualities are not to be found in any existing textile".
A ROOM CROWDED WITH FURNISHINGS.
THE SAME ROOM WITH SOME OF THE FURNISHINGS REMOVED.
(The large picture on the left hand wall is placed too high).
Governor Carver's Chair. Elder Bewster's Chair. Examples Of Turned Chairs.