The choice of carpeting for halls and rooms should be decided by fitness and cost. The prevailing tendency is to dark, rich colors for halls, stairways, and well-lighted south rooms; light colors are best for north rooms and bed-chambers, and neutral tints for parlors and living-rooms where the furniture is varied in color and effect; drawing-rooms call for careful treatment, elaborate in proportion to other conditions.
Carpets and hangings should harmonize, and their colors combine well with walls and furniture. For constant wear body brussels is one of the most durable of ordinary carpets; ingrains of good quality answer well in sleeping-rooms, preferably made into rugs. Oriental rugs are admirable, but very expensive unless bought when some large importing house offers them at special rates. The American Smyrna rugs are well colored, and wear satisfactorily. The use of rugs, or carpets made into rugs, laid upon hard wood floors, is much more conducive to health and cleanliness than nailed floor coverings, which are freed from dust with difficulty and which afford harborage to moths and poisonous germs.