The journal of design and manufactures
[Original papers:] Hints for the decoration and furnishing of dwellings. The dining room. No. II., pp. 122-126 ff.
1!2 Original Papers: Decoration and Furnishing of Dwellings. the public, and from what we hear, the greatest care has been taken to recog nise to the fullest the popular voice in them. Numerous gratifying testimonies to the value of this proposal are daily appearing. No one is more so than the offer of Mr. Lea, of Astley, to give 100 guineas to any man, or set of men, who may invent a new article of any descrip- tion, provided it is done in Kidderminster, and adapted for general use. It is a bright example worthy to be extensively followed by other manufacturers. HINTS FOR THE DECORATION AND FURNISHING OF DWELLINGS. The Dining Room. No. II. IN our "last appeal" on the subject of this "momentous question," we supposed the happy new proprietor of our dining-room to come into possession, finding the plasterers' work already done. We have defined plasterers' work as consisting of a centre rosette and a cornice. Now having had occasion in the course of our lives, for some half-dozen years, to watch the construction of about a hundred houses annually of exactly the class we are describing, we know enough of the "doctrine of probabilities" in such matters to predicate with tolerable certainty the character of this "decoration." We have constantly remarked that the smaller the room, the larger the rosette-the lower the height of the ceiling, the greater its heaviness and projection-that the more bold and cumbrous the cornice, the fainter and flatter the rosette,-and the exact converse of all these propositions. Now let us see what can be done to remedy as far as possible a few of these anomalies. Let us suppose a room 8 feet 6 inches or 9 feet high only, 16 by 18 feet square, with a rosette 4 feet 6 inches in diameter, consisting of a sunflowpr centre, surrounded by eight great coarse acanthus leaves, with a fine pine-apple between each, the whole starting forward So much from the surface of the ceiling as to convey the sensation, every time you sit down to dinner, that the whole is about to descend for the purpose of forming a magnificent pldt in the midst of your table. Send at once for a good careful plasterer to take the monstrosity down piece by piece, and pack it up safely, in order that at the expiration of your lease it may be replaced in its primitive ugliness. This being done, you will find at once that your room has gained at least a foot in apparent dimension every way-in height, in length, and in breadth. Now go at once to either Messrs. Jackson's of Rathbone Place, or Messrs. Bielefield's of Wellington Street, Strand, and select from their excellent stocks, or pattern-books, some elegant little centre, pierced and of faint projection. Take it to any paper-hanger of taste, tell him the colour of your walls, and ask him to get it picked out for you in the two tints which form the ground and ornament of your paper. If you wish your ceiling to look really elegant, ask him to supply you with a wreath executed on paper to surround it, the coloured lines being worked in the same tints as those of the centre flower, but of only half their intensity. Now, on the other hand, let us suppose that your room is large and lofty, with a little trumpery, wiry centre-flower. Go, under these circumstances, to either of the manufaeturers we have mentioned, and choose a light pendant ornament, which may be superadded without disturbing the original; let this be picked out in rather more brilliant colour, and surround the whole with a boldly printed circular decoration by Simpson, Norwood, or Clarke. If by any chance your ceiling should be very low indeed, or cottage fashion, disfigured by a girder running across the middle, or the centre of one side not corresponding with the centre of another, the best plan will be to remove any decoration which may exist, and to substitute none of your own for it, since it would be worse than waste of time and money to call attention to defects you cannot remedy. In following out these our directions care must, however, be taken that all after introductions harunonise in style with the original and undisturbed por- tions. How often have we seen angle ornaments, similar to the elegant little
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