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How To Be A Decorator:
Principles Of Decoration
Painting Points
Wallpaper Points
Wall Points
Floor Points
Colonial Living Rooms
Veneered Paneling
The English Room
Spanish-Italian Living Rooms
The Living Room Without A Mantel
Living Room Points
Dining Rooms
Dining Rooms Points
Combination Living Room - Dining Room
Living Room - Dining Room Points
Halls, Sun Rooms And Porches
Points For Halls, Sun Rooms And Porches
Colonial And Modern Bedrooms
Bedroom Points
Colorful, Comfortable Nurseries
Nursery Points
New Fashions In Draperies
How To Make Curtains And Draperies
Drapery Points
Slip Covers
Slip Cover Points
How To Make Slip Covers
How To Paint Furniture
Finishes For Natural Wood Furniture

Tips For Walls

( Originally Published 1930's )



1. Walls may be plastered-smooth, sand or rough finish.

2. Smooth finish plaster may be used as a foundation for any wall covering. Sand and rough finish plaster may be antiqued or painted over, but no wall covering should be applied.

3. Moldings of wood or paper composition may be applied on smooth plaster walls to form panels.

4. All plastered walls may be painted with oil paint or watercolor paint and finished with flat tone, gloss or stipple.

5.All plastered walls may be painted with oil paint or watercolor paint and finished with flat tone, gloss or stipple.

6. Special plaster finishes may be applied almost as easily as paint. There are many different types from smooth to rough, and some have color mixed with final coat. This plaster finish can also be applied direct to wood, or over woodwork. Where no wood-trim is needed, as in a Spanish or Italian room, this finish is practical.

7. Hand-patted plaster is procurable in large sheets and pargetry ornaments may be applied to it while wet. An antique glaze or paint can be used to finish it.

8. Walls may be paneled with wood-either solid or with part plaster and part wood as in English Tudor interiors.

9. Washable wall coverings (similar to oilcloth) may be applied like wallpaper. They come in plain stipple effects or patterns. They are especially practical for nurseries where cutout borders can be applied and later removed without injury to the wall covering.

10. Canvas, muslin, or burlap may be applied to any wall and then painted over.

11. A fabric that looks like a linen crash may be applied like wallpaper. It can be left plain or glazed over.

12. Painting woodwork, including doors and all wood-trim, to match the walls usually gives the most pleasing effect. If the wall is many-colored, one of the background colors can be selected. In some English, Spanish and Italian rooms dark woodwork is used with light walls.



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