In the treatment of the walls, the size of the room and the amount of light admitted must be taken into consideration; also the position of the bed, its standing against the wall or with the head only against it; and last, but by no means least, is the owner's predilections for particular colors. These predilections should always be respected, although a woman with a weakness for red is advised to indulge her liking sparingly in a bedroom. Red flowers on a white ground may be introduced, but the red should be scattered and broken, and relieved by white. She may use it again in her draperies if she does so with discretion, and now and then a strong note of red in a chair or a bedspread may be permitted, but ordinarily red lacks the freshness and coolness which a bedroom should suggest.

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There are an endless number of pretty and cheap papers to be found; those showing large flowers, however, are not to be thought of for small rooms. Paint, in many instances, is better than any paper, and if you know enough about mixing colors to direct the ordinary painter, or if you are sure of your workman's appreciation of tones, painted walls, which can be wiped down at intervals, are strongly urged; for, unlike a house, an apartment is apt to have had a succession of tenants before you moved in, to say nothing of others now separated from you by a flight of stairs only. The possibility, therefore, of having your bedrooms perennially freshened should be preserved at all hazards.

A small bedroom, especially when it opens on a shaft, may be made dainty and attractive by white wood-work and walls, an enamelled bed and white furniture, white curtains at the windows, and white trimmings for the bed. If a color is desired it may be added in several ways. A colored rug may be introduced, - one of plain green or red filling; or the white curtains and bedspread may be trimmed with a border of chintz, the mirror framed with it; or the curtains may be tied back with a color, and the small pillow have ribbons to match. Ribbons, however, are absolutely interdicted in a bedroom unless the owner is able to replenish them whenever they are mussed or soiled. "Faded finery," I once heard an old lady say, "is a sin." Sometimes I am inclined to believe the dear old lady was right.

Another effect may be produced when the walls are white, - and white walls in a bedroom, by the way, come into life, now and then, with an irresistible quality of refreshment - by chintz hangings, bed-trimmings, and slip-covers for the chairs and cushions. Anatolian cottons are always satisfactory. Armures, scrims, cotton damasks, and taffetas lend themselves for different effects. Charming results may be accomplished with some seven-cent flowered muslins trimmed with white cotton ball-fringe, or with ruffles of the same. Ordinary denim, costing sixteen cents a yard, is not to be despised, neither is cheese-cloth nor silkoline. In fact, there is an endless variety from which a choice may be made. No wool drapery should at any time be permitted. Embroidered hangings, damasks, satins, and brocades, while permissible in the bedrooms of palatial dwellings, are altogether inappropriate in small apartments, and mark the owner as a person of questionable taste.

Should a color be preferred on the painted walls, the white wood-work still being preserved, a delicate rose-tone might be used, with chintz hangings and bedspread showing pink roses on a pink ground; or white hangings could still be used with the rose-toned walls, the hangings being trimmed with a chintz border. If white be made to predominate, a bedroom hung with blue and white suggests a freshness and daintiness that are delightful.

A warm yellow might be substituted for the rose-tones by those who love yellow better. The bed could then be covered with white, the hangings at the window be of a soft yellow trimmed with full ruffles of white lace. Charming tones for the walls are made by mixing orange chrome and yellow, and again by mixing chrome yellow with chrome green.

When the landlord is obdurate, and the hideous oak wood-work of the small apartment must be retained, yellows toning with the oak are suggested. Red with oak is to be avoided with all the energy with which you would resist an evil influence. A dark rich oak with the faded red of a rich Genoese velvet, like that we see in old Italian and Spanish chairs and in libraries, is an altogether different matter. In these sumptuous old pieces of furniture the combination is beautiful; but the inferior light oak of modern dwellings, and the hideous reds turned out by the manufacturers of cheap textiles and wall-papers, produce effects as unlike the others as a common painted sign is unlike the portrait of a master. If green is chosen to go with this same light oak of commerce, it must be chosen carefully.

Burlaps makes an excellent wall covering for a small bedroom, especially if a wall is likely to be rubbed when the bed is made. Burlaps can always be wiped down with a cloth dampened with ammonia and water; cleanliness, therefore, is easily preserved. Nails, too, can be driven in and pulled out without leaving a mark. One bedroom, found in a small apartment, has wood-work and ceilings of white, and walls covered with green burlaps. The candlesticks on the bureau are of green Dutch pottery. The bedspread and valance are of a green armure that costs thirty-five cents a yard. They are trimmed with a narrow gimp shot with green. Just below the pillow and in the middle of the spread the owner's monogram appears, worked on the armure with yellow gimp. This monogram might have been repeated in the upper right-hand corner of the curtain, and so help to increase the impression of a set design having been followed in the arrangement of the room. A white bed pushed back against the wall in so small a room would have presented too violent a contrast. Even so high a headpiece as that shown in the illustration is objectionable. A light paper, altering the conditions, would have necessitated an alteration in the treatment of the room. But a light paper was not possible unless the landlord had been willing to change it every year, for the cleanest of housemaids' dresses, rubbing against the space back of the bed when it was pulled out to be made, would soon have left marks that would have destroyed any impression of daintiness otherwise conveyed.

To be properly appointed, the beds should have bolsters, not pillows, under the cover. A difficult problem is touched upon here. In houses having ample closet room pillows can be concealed by day, and bolsters made of hair or pasteboard or papier-mache can be brought out. But closet room sufficient for the hiding of pillows all day is never found except in apartments that rent for seven or eight thousand dollars a year, - apartments that to all intents and purposes are only houses grouped for convenience under one general roof. In ordinary apartments, then, the pillows must be left under the cover unless one has a papier-mache bolster made, to open and shut with hinges and springs, into which the pillows can be put every morning.

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The "four-poster" has been hung with a flowered cretonne, low in tone, to harmonize with the walls, the mahogany furniture, and wood-work. This room overlooks a square, and is large enough to hold both a dressing and a night table, with its candle, at the head of the bed. The seat in front of the dressing-table, it will be noticed, has no back. Opposite this dressing-table the bureau and wash-stand are placed, while between them, with its head toward the windows and coming out from the wall, stands the lounge.

It is almost impossible, when discussing the appointments of bedrooms in apartments, to insist upon the presence of certain articles as essential. Questions of space alter almost every condition. The bed we know to be essential, and no consideration should induce any one to use a folding-bed. In a flat, as has been said so often, the supreme effort should be to keep as far as possible to the traditions of a house, avoiding makeshifts, and preserving the dignities in whatever you do. The bureau, dressing-table, night-table, and reading-table, the washstand, wardrobe, couch, and chairs, should all be present, but the eternal compromises have to go on. You must content yourself at times with a bureau, a mirror, and no dressing-table. You cannot always have a couch, but you can always, in your hangings, candles, pictures, and flowers, surround yourself with appointments so pretty and appropriate that even dwellers in houses may want to take from you an occasional hint.