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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 145

           THE TREATMENT OF WALL SPACES
majority of houses are in themselves so unin-
teresting that it is little wonder that the peo-
ple who live in them have always a sense of
restlessness and discontent, and that they are
always doing something different in the hope
that eveuttially they may find the thing which
satisfies them.
  We believe that the time to put thought
into the decoration of a home is when we
first begin to draw up the plans, and that the
first consideration in each room should be the
adjustment of the wall spaces so that there
is not a foot of barren    or  ill-proportioned
space in the entire room.  It is trtie that utility
and the limitations of the plan are necessarily
the first considerations; that the ceilings of
all the rooms on one story must be of uniform
height in a house where the expense of con-
struction is a thing to be considered; that
windows must be placed where they will admit
the most light and that doors are meant to
serve   as  means of  comipunication   between
rooms or with the outer world.    Yet \vOrking
strictly  within these limitations, it is quite
possible to adjust the height of each room so
that, no matter what may he its floor space,
to all appearances its proportions are entirely
harmonious; to place doors and windows so
that, instead of being mere boles in the wall,
they become a part of the whole structural
scheme, and to see that in shape and propor-
tions as well as in position they come into en-
tire harmony with the rest of the room.
Published in The Craftsman, June, 1905.
 WALL DIVIDED INTO PANELS RY STRIPS OF WOOD.
LOW WAINSCOT WITh  BROAD PANELs. NOTE THE PLACING OF THE WINDO\V SO THAT
IT REALLY FORMS A DECORA-
TIVE PANEL IN THE WALL SPACE ABOVE.
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