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GOOD taste and Intelligence count more than money in the achievement of a pleasant home. There has never been such variety in textures and 'olours of wall-papers, paints and enamels as there is lo-cla y, and at Keel, low prices. The most subtle shades are obtainable now to fit in with the most exacting scheme one could conceive.
Schemes for rooms based on flower colours are practivally alwass suc cessful. Delightful rooms can be built up on such blossoms as blue .
bells, marigolds, petunias, delphiniums; but if you went a scheme you will not tire of try one based on the primrose or the daffodil.
ke the latter. There are three dies Met tones a Ns NV hid] Ln experimesd—ihe pale, subtle, creamy yellow of tile trimpet; the more definite colouring of the petals; and the fresh clear green Of the stems and spikes.
For the walls of the room the pale trumpet yellow is a wise choice. It forms a lovely background for both prints and etchings, as well as for water.evitours; and does not clash even %vitli the emphatic tones of an oil painting. It is a lint which, on this account, is frequently selected
for studio schemes. Since a hold contrast between paint. and paper is
no longer faahinnahle, the woodwork of the room may well be done in the deeper petal yellow of the daffodil. This will look all the better if scrambled so that it presents a brown surface wth a play of light and shade on it to increase its interest.
An earth-brown cirpet will suggest the tone of the ground whence. the daffodil bulbs shoot up, and curtains of crisp green taffetas to match the daffndil spikes wnuld he attractive. The daffodil suggestion could be stressed by the a fldilion of inner hangings of trumpet-yellow in a gleaming artificial silk.
lf the rriom contain a divan this might be covered with idiot green and pale gold materials, tind piled with cushions in all three Shades.
Another kind of flower-room can be achieved with the help ,%f rather large patterned floral cretonne. One of the prehiest bed-sitting rooms I have seen was diStPtlipered in lettuce green and had a frieze punctuated at intervals with chimps of tulips and green leaves. Some blossoms were yellow, some pink and same scarlet. and they had all been cut out from lulippatterned cretonne and fixed in place with gine. The effect was that i f a hand-painted decoration.
H you want a roma with an indi
vidual touch, search for some original material of this kind. Arrange the furniture as you mean to keep it. Then think out an effective method of arranging the cretonne decorations mi the walls, It would be foolish to carry out, say, a skirting-hoard border, and hide most of it behind bookcases and side boards. Besides, the scattered style of wall-ornamentation is much more effective than one which is repeated ht regular intervals.
Try to get a remnant of bird-patterned cotton, and cut out the birds carefully, so that you can arrange a flight. of them in one corner of the room—say above a dressing-table mirror or a dinner wagon. Possibly you will find some cretonne patterned with tree branc.iies and foliage. Try the effect of these cutouts on one side only of a tall grandfather clock or tallboy.
.A whole herbaceous border can be contrived out of a number of short lengths of different floral cretonnes. Arranged with a certain formality above the wainscot, the flowers cut from these should give a lovely decoration to a subtly tinted wall.
Apply a colourless varnish over the entire wall after the application of the cretonne decorations. This will not only produce a uniform surface, but also help to keep the edges of the cut-outs in place. Pleasing effects in a nursery can be obtained by pasting wallpaper cut-outs on distempered walls.
A red, white and blue room sounds awful, but the three colours can be blended to look very attractive. Sup pose you decide this year to have Jubilee sitting-room, well, let white predominate hi year scheme.
Have walls and paintwork white. To brighten these pick out the mouldings and edges of shelves with scarlet lacquer, which calls for no previous preparation of the surface to be treated, and has, moreover, a wonderful covering capacity. Usually a single coat, put on very thinly, is sufficient. Buy enough lacquer to allow the picture frames to be painted to match. Lacquer red is becoming to all black and white prints, and suits most water-colour sketches as well. It dries to a hard surface which resists heat, so an ugly iron back to your fireplace or unsightly hearth tiles can also be coloured with it.
Blue may be introduced inexpensively by the use of Egyptian "donkey-boy" blue linen, which costs very little but is quite hard-svearing. Shops can usually procure this for a customer even if they do nut stock it, and it makes axiirdrable chair covers, cushion covers and curtains.
On the floor nothing will look better than undyed creamy-white sheepskin rugs. They are cheap and they last well. When .solied they can be washed in warm eoapauds and will come up Like new. Vases, bowls and candlesticks in deep blue and bright red will. give the finishing touches at an outlay of but a few