Decorating tips - How to Rearrange a Room
Lucky is the man or woman of taste who has no inherited eyesores which,
because of association, must not be banished! When these exist in large numbers
one thing only remains to be done: look them over, see to what period the
majority belong, and proceed as if you wanted a mid-Victorian, late
Colonial or brass-bedstead room.
In repapering old rooms with imperfect ceilings it is easy to disguise this
by using a paper with a small design in the same tone. A perfectly plain ceiling
paper will show every defect in the surface of the ceiling.
If your house or flat is small you can gain a great effect of space by
keeping the same color scheme throughout—that is, the same color or related
colors. To make a small hall and each of several small rooms on the same floor
different in any pronounced way, is to cut up your home into a restless,
unmeaning checkerboard, where one feels conscious of the walls and all
limitations. The effect of restful spaciousness may be obtained by taking the
same small suite and treating its walls, floors and draperies, as has been
suggested, in the same color scheme or a scheme of related keys in color.
That is, wood browns, beiges and yellows; violets, mauves
and pinks; different tones of grays; different tones of yellows, greens and
To rearrange a room successfully, begin by taking everything out of it (in
reality or in your mind), then decide how you want it to look, or how, owing to
what you own and must retain, you are obliged to have it look. Design and color
of wall decorations, hangings, carpets,
lamps and ornaments
on mantel, depend upon the character of your furniture.
It is the mantel and its arrangement of ornaments that sound the keynote upon
first entering a room.
Conventional simplicity in number and arrangement of ornaments gives balance
and repose, hence dignity. Dignity once established, one can afford to be
individual, and introduce a riot of colors, provided they are all in the same
key. Luxurious cushions, soft rugs and a hundred and one feminine touches will
create atmosphere and knit together the austere scheme of line—the anatomy of
your room. Color and textiles are the flesh of interior decoration.
In furnishing a small room you can add greatly to its apparent size by using
plain paper and making the woodwork the same color, or slightly darker in tone.
If you cannot find wall paper of exactly the color and shade you wish, it is
often possible to use the wrong side of a paper and produce exactly the desired
Also having the right type of lighting can set off a corner and brighten up a
room as necessary. Crook Creek Country offers a variety of
Rustic Lighting or
Lodge Lamps for your cabin retreat of your own
Now having established your suite and hall all in one key, so that there is
absolutely no jarring note as one passes from room to room, you may be sure of
having achieved that most desirable of all qualities in interior
decoration—repose. We have seen the idea here suggested carried out in small
summer homes with most successful results; the same color used on walls and
furniture, while exactly the same chintz was employed in every bedroom, opening
out of one hall. By this means it was possible to give to a small, unimportant
cottage, a note of distinction otherwise quite impossible. Here, however, let us
say that, if the same chintz is to be used in every room, it must be neutral in
color—a chintz in which the color scheme is, say, yellows in different tones,
browns in different tones, or greens or grays. To vary the character of each
room, introduce different colors in the furniture covers, the sofa-cushions and
lamp-shades. Our point is to urge the repetition of a main background in a small
group of rooms; but to escape monotony by planning that the accessories in each
room shall strike individual notes of decorative, contrasting color.
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