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

The treatment of wall spaces so that a room is in itself complete and satisfying,   pp. 144-148


Page 146

           THE TREATMENT OF WALL SPACES
  Published in The Craftsman, June, 1905.
ATTRACTIVE TREATMENT OF WALLS IN A BEDROOM Ott
WOMAN S SITTING ROOM.
  Naturally, in considering the treatment of
the wall spaces, the most important feature is
the woodwork, especially if the room is to be
wainscoted.  Where this is possible, we would
always recommend it, particularly for the liv-
ing rooms of a house, as no other treatment
of the walls gives such a sense of friendliness,
mellowness and permanence as does a gener-
ous quantity of woodwork. The larger illustra-
tions reproduced here give some idea of what
we mean and of what may be done with wall
spaces when it is possible to use much wood in
the shape of wainscot and beams.     It will be
noted that in each case the wall is of the same
height; yet owing to thetreatmentofthespaces,
each one appears to be different. Also note the
way in which windows, doors and fireplace
form an integral part of the structural scheme
and how they are balanced by the wall spaces
around them so that the whole effect is rather
that of a well planned scheme of structural
decoration than of the introduction of a purely
utilitarian feature.
 When we speak of the friendliness of wood-
work, however, we mean woodwork that is so
finished that the friendly quality is apparent,
<which is never the case when it is painted
or stained in some solid color that is foreign
to the wood itself, or is given a smooth glassy
polish that reflects the light.   When this is
done the peculiar quality of woodiness, upon
which all the charm of interior woodwork de-
pends, is entirely destroyed and any other ma-
terial might as well be used in the place of it.
In a later chapter we purpose to deal more
!-Œublishcd in ŒIhe Craftsman, October, epg.
TREATMENT OF WAINSCOTED WALL IN A LIVING 110DM WHERE THE PANELING IS REPEATED
IN THE FRIEZE AND
THE FIREPLACE IS PERFECTLY PROPORTIONED IN RELATION TO THE WALL SPACES ON
EITHER SIDE.
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