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Wharton, Edith (1862-1937); Codman Jr., Ogden (1863-1951) / The decoration of houses
(1898)

III: walls,   pp. 31-47


Page 47

                        Walls
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of furniture, and one or two vases or busts, the walls against
which these strongly marked objects are to be placed may re-
ceive a more decorative treatment.  It is only in rooms used for
entertaining, dining, or some special purpose for which little fur-
niture is required, that the walls should receive a more elaborate
scheme of decoration.
 Where the walls are treated in an architectural manner, with a
well-designed dado and cornice, and an over-mantel and over-
doors connecting the openings with the cornice, it will be found
that in a room of average size the intervening wall-spaces may
be tinted in a uniform color and left unornamented.  If the funda-
mental lines are right, very little decorative detail is needed to
complete the effect; whereas, when the lines are wrong, no over-
laying of ornamental odds and ends, in the way of pictures, bric-
a-brac and other improvised expedients, will conceal the struc-
tural deficiencies.


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