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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes
(1909)

Floors that complete the decorative scheme of a room,   pp. 149-150


Page 149

FLOORS  THAT  COMPLETE  THE DECORATIVE
SCHEME OF A ROOM
ONE of the most important elements in
       the success of a room designed to be
       beautiful as a whole in structure and
       color scheme, is the floor.   \Vhether
it be a more or less elaborate parquet floor or
one made simply of plain boards, it must be in
harmony with the color chosen for the wood
trim of the room.   Also it should invariably
be at least as dark as the woodwork, if the
effect of restfulness is to be preserved.  A
floor that strikes a higher note of color than
the woodwork above it, even if it be otherwise
harmonious in tone, gives the  room a top-
heavy, glaring effect that no furniture or dec-
oration will remove.
  Full directions for finishing floors will be
given later in the chapter on wood finishes.
While  the Craftsman   method  of    finishing
woodwork differs widely from others, it does
not apply so much to the floor, for here a
filler should be used for precisely the same rea-
son that it should be avoided in the treatment
of furnittire and woodwork, as it destroys the
texture of the wood by covering it    \Vith a
glassy, smooth and impervious surface. Text-
iire is not needed in the wood of a floor, which
should be entirely smooth and non-absorbent.
  The first of the three floors illtistrated here
is meant to complete the color scheme of a
room in which the woodwork is of silver-gray
maple and the furniture and decorations are
in delicate tones such as would naturally har-
monize with gray.    The floor is very simple
in (lesion         a     center of silver-oray
            bavino  plain
maple that is finished exactly like the wood-
work of the room.   Around the edge is a wide
horder of ³mahajua,² a beautiful Cuban hard-
\voo(l, close and smooth in orain and left in
                            b
its natural color, which is a greenish gray
slightly darker than the finish of the maple.
  The second floor is made of quartere(l oak
in the natural color, and the boards are bound
together with keys of vulcanized oak.  Where
the floor is stained to match the woodwork in
tone, the color value of boards and keys will
remain the same, as the vulcanized   oak keys
will simply show a darker shade of \vhatever
color is given the boards of plain oak.   The
last illustration shows a floor of quartered oak
in the natural color conihined with vulcanized
oak and white    maple to  form a border in
which a l)rimitive In(hian design appears.
PuHished in  The Craftsm~ii, October, 1905.
                                                   A FLOOR OF sILVER-GRAy
MAPLE AND MAHAJUA.
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