De Wolfe, Elsie, 1865-1950 / The house in good taste
XI: the living-room, pp. 148-158
THE HOUSE IN GOOD TASTE your daily life. There could be no two living-rooms exactly alike in scheme if they were lived in. You will have to decide on the wall colors and such things it is true, but the rest of the room should grow of itself. You will not make the mistake of using a dark paper of heavy figures if you are going to use many pictures and books, for instance. You will not use a gay bed. roomy paper covered with flowers and birds. You will know without being told that your wall colors must be neutral: that your woodwork must be stained and waxed, or painted some soft tone of your wall color. Then, let the rugs and curtains and things go until you decide you have to have them. The room will grad- ually find itself, though it may take years and heart- ache and a certain self-confession of inadequacy. It will express your life, if you use it, so be careful of the life you live in it!
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