The simplest plan, and therefore the one which is usually followed, is to take the prevailing color of the wall and to use this on the woodwork and introducing other colors which may occur in the paper-hanging as may be thought to be judicious. If the room is a bed-chamber and the paper has a cream ground with a floral pattern printed in green with a pink flower, the stiles and rails of the doors might be painted a light green, the panels cream, and the mouldings, or a portion of them, pink. The same plan may be followed successfully with many papers, but on the other hand much more pleasing and artistic results may often be obtained by using a distinct, but harmonizing contrast. A single example will suffice. A striped wallpaper, printed in brilliant red, might cause wonderment in the eyes of a novice as to how it could possibly be used successfully in an ordinary room. The excessive brilliancy might at first sight appear to be certain to produce an effect too glaring to make a comfortable living-room. Yet such a paper used in a room very soberly furnished say, with old dark oak, ebony or black walnut, would look very handsome, or in a more modern room the doors, skirting, in fact the whole of the woodwork, might be finished in white enamel, and the effect would also be very good.
Fig. 20. Ox Hair Fresco Brushes.