Sloan, Samuel, 1815-1884 / Sloan's homestead architecture, containing forty designs for villas, cottages, and farm houses, with essays on style, construction, landscape gardening, furniture, etc. etc.
Interior finish, pp. 255-268
VOLUMES might be written on this very interesting subject, but in the present work we can do no more than touch briefly on some of the leading principles of interior treatment, with occasional reference to the details of construction, which should claim the atten- tion of the joiner and decorator. It will occur to the mind of any one who gives the subject a moment's consideration, that where a dis- tinctive style has been chosen for the exterior of a building, no decided departure from it should be permitted on the interior decorations. Not that the external forms should be repeated throughout the apartments, but that the same spirit of composition should manifest itself plainly and undeniably, even to the uncultivated eye. With a Grecian exterior, anything but a Grecian interior, if style is attempted at all, is unpardonable, and the same verdict applies to all phases of architecture between which there is a radical difference, as between the Grecian and Ital- ian, the Italian and Gothic, etc. The style of an interior is characterized by the finish of ceiling, with form of the openings and man- ner of dressing them. The simplest form of ceiling, where style is attempted to be portrayed, is divided into compartments or panels, and may have a very plain cornice with a bed and frieze moulding, and the 13 (255)
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