Where there are several bedrooms, it is not unusual to furnish each one in a color of its own. One room, for instance, maybe furnished in blue and white. The walls may be hung with satin striped paper, the draperies made of inexpensive materials, worked with ruffles and such designs as the occupant may desire, or which may please the designer. Another room may be furnished in red and another in green, and so on. The proper arrangement of the draperies of the windows adds much to the effectiveness of the decorations. The bedroom should not be overcrowded with furniture, and each article should have a place where it can always be found.
Upon the decoration and furnishing of the living-room depend much of the warmth, comfort, and pleasure to be obtained from it. The old-fashioned fire-place is again coming into vogue, as the warmth and light of a good wood or coal fire add greatly to the cheer of the home. The mantelpiece and surroundings should not be receptacles for odds and ends that may be placed there by various occupants of the room, but should be tastefully decorated with a mantel clock, vases of flowers or dried grasses, and one or two ornamental articles. Over-crowding should be avoided. On each side of the mantel should be hung suitable and suggestive pictures, neatly framed, always avoiding the cheap penny pictures, which do nothing more than encumber the walls. A few choice pictures are much more to be desired than many cheap prints. Books should be arranged on shelves, or in book-cases specially prepared for them. Care should be taken that they be properly arranged in such order as may be agreed upon, whether by titles or by sizes. Window draperies for the living-room, should always be bright in color and serviceable. There are several ways of hanging them ; probably the most serviceable one is by rings from poles placed across the window.
The kitchen is the workshop of the home. It therefore should be furnished and arranged for the special convenience of the housewife and cook, and for the health of the occupants of the home. Plenty of light and air should be provided. At some time during the day it should have sunshine in abundance. In building a house it is more important to decide the location of the kitchen than that of the parlor. The sanitary arrangements include proper drainage, copious and clean supply of water, the best sanitary plumbing, generous room in the closets and pantries, and facilities for the proper care of cooking utensils. Kitchens should be made attractive as well as useful. This may be accomplished by giving attention to the hanging of simple curtains at the windows and over open cupboards ; by the arrangement of dishes and utensils in the places where they belong; by tidiness in the furniture of the kitchen, and by general cleanliness. It is not customary to decorate the walls with pictures. The mantelpiece should have its clock and one or two sug gestive ornaments.