Sometimes a window is the one distinguished feature in an otherwise difficult room and it then seems advisable to "play up" this interest in order to redeem it from the commonplace. Close consideration should be given the materials used, their colour, pattern and arrangement.

Coloured curtains may here be used throughout, and two suggestive effects are mentioned. Simply for exemplification we will take rose as the dominant in both, though any other colouring may be used according to the scheme of decoration.

I. Sash curtains of thin silk in stripes of rose and champagne with a thin black line. Over-curtains and valances of thicker but still translucent rose silk of solid colour. Edge these with black and make the looping band of solid black, or use black silk cord and tassels. There would be no objection to a self figure or stripe in the weave of the over-curtains and valance.

II. Sash curtains of thin rose silk, or else the shimmering effect given by two sets of gauze - rose and grey-blue, rose and pale green, or rose and champagne. Translucent over-curtains with valance in two colours or varied colouring in rich or in striking combinations in which rose is dominant. Oriental silks, brocades, striped silks, printed linens and cretonnes are all appropriate - any material, in fact, which gives the effect desired.

There are many variations from the usual. Some of these may be mentioned, and originality will suggest others.

Valances to solid colour curtains are.commonly made of the same material. Why not use, instead, a handsome brocade, stripe or other goods, in varied colourings in which the hue of the curtains is dominant? Such a combination is shown in one of the illustrations (Plate 87 A).

Plain valances and curtains may be banded with broad bands in the same way that braid is applied to a costume. The design should, however, not be elaborate or fussy but rather architectural in its lines. This is also illustrated (Plate 87 B).

In Italian decoration we frequently find valances of wood, either of plain surface or carved, painted, in either case, with a polychrome design and often gilded.

Handsomely stamped and ornamented paper, duly protected by shellac, is sometimes used for screens, and in an instance known to the writers this was also employed for valances, so as to carry out the decorative effect This could be mounted upon either a stiff buckram or thin board*

Fringes of silk are, of course, appropriate for the edges of valances if desired.

A heavy silk tassel depending from near each end of the valance and hanging over the curtain below, often gives a good effect. A drop ornament of unusual character might be employed in the same way.

The edging of curtains has previously been sug-gested, and many excellent combinations may thus be made, with thin sash curtains as well as the heavier ones.

Bands, wide or narrow, harmonising or contrasting, may be set on curtains back from the edge. On solid colours these may either be plain or of some beautiful design -cut from another fabric. A band of the narrow, embroidered Chinese strips would be admirable. On ornamental goods a band of black or solid colour is sometimes advisable.

Using the same principles, a wide band, or two or three narrower ones, may be set across the curtains above their foot. The distance from the bottom will naturally depend upon the length and position of the curtains. Bands of insertion may also be used across plain white curtains in the same manner.

In the so-called "Modern" style of decoration strong bands of black upon curtains of Chinese yellow or blue would be most effective. So also would be bands of colour in strong contrast.

Patterns cut from other goods may be applique upon solid colours. An example of this would be the use of the charming ovals of flowers or baskets of flowers found in French goods, set upon grey-blue curtains in a boudoir.

All of these devices give distinction if well managed.