There is an old oak "monk's bend" or prie-dieu in a corner of this charming hall, and several carved chairs; a dark framed mirror is so placed as to catch the light from the large window with mellow stained glass, as well as from the door from the vestibule.
A grandfather clock and a bright copper warming-pan should certainly be in every hall parlour, if at all procurable. They seem, for artistic reasons, to be almost essential to put the seal of complete success on our scheme of furnishing.
The square hall may be used on many informal occasions; as a lounge-room for the family, for quiet afternoon tea-parties, for a stand-up dance supper, or for friendly and unceremonious evening functions, such as an unpretentious card-party. It ought to be so planned that it will prove the warmest and cosiest room in the house when out of doors the ground is thick with snow. A well-fire is very often chosen, or fire-dogs stand straight and stiff, enclosing a glorious wood blaze.
With thorough ventilation and light draperies, the hall sitting-room ought, in the heat of summer, to be a gratefully cool retreat.
In hot climates a simple austerity of furnishing is desirable, giving a sense of unfilled space that makes one feel out in the open with cool, sweet air to breathe. A roomy hall with its rough brick walls, un-draped windows, and sparse furniture yields a sensation of cool and quiet peace to the jaded nerves.
The scheme of lighting for a hall should aim at producing a subdued and mellow effect. The electric fittings should take the form of an old watchman's lantern, suspended by heavy chains in a central position over the staircase. A standard floor lamp can be placed in the By permission of] hall itself [Messrs. Waring & Gi.low