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Interior Decoration in France During the 18th Century
The fabrics and other materials in use at the successive periods have already been more or less fully noted. To what has been said it is only necessary to add that during the Rococo and neo-Classic periods a great use was made of Aubusson tapestry for furniture covers and that in the Empire period a great deal of heavy brocade, brocatelle, damask, velvet and rep was used not only for hangings but also for wall coverings.
Interior Decorating - 19th Century Episodes and After
Barring these and shocking bad lighting fixtures and very mediocre sculpture in marble or bronze, with occasional excursions into the least inspired phases of Sevres, Royal Worcester and other ceramic productions, the period was barren of decorative accessories and movable decorations.
Practical Decoration and Furnishing
The instances in which an entire house (or apartment) is newly decorated and supplied with new furniture throughout are few in comparison with those in which already acquired possessions are used at least to a partial extent: these possessions will naturally therefore have their influence in the selection of a style of furnishing.
Interior Decorating - Colour and Colour-Schemes
White, not properly a colour, is here mentioned first of all, and for that very reason. It is both a neutral and a universal harmoniser. From the decorator's point of view we should consider as whites not only pure white but all the varying shades, such as grey, cream, ashes of rose, etc., which are too light to be properly classed under those names.
Interior Decorating - Walls, As Decoration And As Background
The treatment of walls is one of the fundamentals of decoration; and this is evident when we realise that no furnishing, however handsome in itself, will constitute a good interior unless the walls, also, have been adequately studied and carried out in accordance with the principles of good design.
Interior Decorating - Floors And Their Coverings
The usual theory regarding floors is that they are a portion of the background of the room, the other two portions being walls and ceiling. This is quite true, but floors are more than this—they are the Foundation.
Interior Decorating - Windows And Their Treatment
The most generally sensible treatment for the usual double-sash window is that of simple curtains of white or ivory white on rings, suspended from a simple brass rod. Traverse rings and cord will be found a great convenience. When it is desired that the window be entirely unobstructed for light, for air, or for cleaning, the curtains may be drawn fully back at the sides and secured by simple cords to knobs or catches.
Interior Decorating - The Arrangement and Balance of Furniture
The arrangement of furniture is taken up before the subject of furniture itself, because most persons are already possessed of at least a portion of what is to be used. Furthermore, the matter of arrangement and balance is so important that it should be mastered before, new furniture is purchased.
Interior Decorating - Furniture and its Choosing
The Mission style, which as the first attempt to escape from jig-saw and gingerbread is praiseworthy, is strictly utilitarian, heavy, unbeautiful, ungraceful, and with lines as antique as the ark. There is one thing to be said in its favour—it is admirable for a happy-go-lucky houseful of children, for it is almost impossible to destroy.
Interior Decorating - Decorative Textiles
In choosing fabrics it is not obligatory to limit ourselves slavishly to the designs and materials of the particular period, provided there is no incongruity. Sometimes textiles which appeared rather later will answer admirably, and there are good modern designs appropriate for many such uses.
Interior Decorating - Artificial Lighting
The quality and intensity of the artificial light must also be taken into account. It should not be harsh nor sharp in effect nor of such intensity as to distort the relative values of illumination and shadow. Above all, the colour of the rays must not be of a character to falsify or kill the colours in the furnishing.
Interior Decorating - Mantel Decoration and Garniture
The mantel began as architecture and ended, in its final development, as furniture. This is unqualifiedly true, so far as the historic styles of decoration, with which we have to do, are concerned.
Interior Decorating - Pictures and Their Framing
Have few pictures rather than many, and omit everything not really desirable. Avoid the cluttering of walls. If one picture is sufficient for a space do not use two. If the wall surface is highly decorative (as with a Morris or Crane paper or a cretonne effect) use none.
Interior Decorating - Decorative Accessories
In the direction of colour these accessories may be used in three ways. As supplying strong colour accents where they are required for emphasis and enlivenment. As affording a variety of colour where the furnishing is too much in one hue. Or for the carrying of colour through a room.
International Inter-Period Decoration
Period furnishing is commonly considered to be the reproduction in our modern dwellings and apartments of the interior decoration and furnishing of some one past period in a particular country, and it has been objected that such a method does not properly represent us today.
Interior Decorating - The Renaissance
The very term interior decoration is indicative of the fact that through all periods the interior architecture has had its share of attention and decoration. But a large proportion of tasteful people today live in rented apartments or houses, and few care to panel or decorate walls for the benefit of a landlord only too likely to seize the advantage given and increase the rental so soon as the lease expires.
Interior Decorating - The Baroque Seventeenth Century
In Italy the Baroque impulse found its way to some extent into the details of interior architecture—cornices, cartouches and carving, mouldings and mantels; but the Classic construction generally remained.
Interior Decorating - The Rococo
We have already found that notwithstanding the difference in spirit and contour, likeness in size and weight, material and its colour, finish and upholstery, may all unite properly chosen pieces of Renaissance and Baroque furniture. On the other hand, the Rococo in its full development is slender, smaller, lighter, graceful, spirited and gay.
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