The importance of considering the relative sizes of various accompanying objects (the relation is technically called scale) runs throughout the subject of interior decoration and must everywhere be taken into account. With it is intimately associated the matter of weight, real or apparent. Though in actual avoirdupois a wooden moulding be not heavy, we may not rightly put up a cornice so out of scale that it appears as if it might bring down the ceiling upon our heads.

This is so obvious that it seems few would transgress, yet is it more obvious than the following which we frequently see: window poles stout enough for an athlete's horizontal-bar from which depend curtains of filmy net or lace weighing but a few ounces; fragile tables groaning under the weight of huge lamps; carpets and upholstery of strong and sweeping pattern in tiny rooms, and the heterogeneous mixture of furniture formal and sprawling, heavy and light?

In every age save the present one of high enlightenment has there been an instinctive sense of fitness and proportion even among "the people" - witness the admirable congrnity between furnitnre and interior in the old English cottage and the houses of Continental peasants. Hardly nowadays shall we find that sense even among them that consider themselves the educated and elect.

"We have taken the most delightful house - Tudor, you know: with dark oak panelling," says Mrs. A. She has, most unfortunately, and proceeds to fill it with a number of vanloads of accumulated mahogany furniture. Not only do oak and mahogany go badly together as regards colour, but they are of an entirely different provenance and spirit, having precisely as much in common as an eighteenth century gentleman and Sir Walter Raleigh. "Other times, other manners."

"Our apartment living-room, "remarks Mr. B., the broker, "is so homelike, with its low, heavy beamed ceiling. "By the fireplace of that truly long, low, comfortable room with its horizontal lines you would find a big easy-chair - for Mr. B. values his comfort. But Mrs. B. is "refined" and evidences that quality by the tall, high-shouldered, spindle-leg furniture, upholstered in fabrics in attenuated colour and small pattern. One looks up from these egg-shell pieces to the massive beams above and trusts they will not fall.

And at No.------,------Street (we can readily fill the blanks) the lofty room with its fine old mantel and woodwork in white and beautifully modelled plaster ceiling is occupied by--------dumpy mission and a mid-Victorian black-walnut bookcase!