In planning your house after arranging for proper wall space for your various
articles of furniture, keep in mind always that lights will be needed and must
be at the same time conveniently placed and distinctly decorative. It is
important that fixtures be so placed as to appear a part of the decoration and
not merely to illuminate conveniently a corner of the room, a writing-desk,
table or piano.
It is astonishing to see how often the actual balance of a room is
upset by the careless placing of electric fixtures. Therefore keep in mind when
deciding upon the lighting of a room the following points: first, fixtures must
follow in line style of architecture and furniture; second, the position of
fixtures on walls must carry out the architect's scheme of proportion, line and
balance; third, the material used in fixtures—brass, gilded wood, glass or
wrought iron—must contribute to the decorator's scheme of line and color;
fourth, as a contribution to color scheme the fixtures must be in harmony with
the color of the side walls, so as not to cut them up, and the shade should be a
light note of color, not one of the dark notes when illuminated.