THere is nothing that makes a room or a single grouping of furniture look more inviting than the appearance that it is used and enjoyed. To achieve this feeling in your home think of the activities that go on in your household and arrange groups or combination groups that will take care of all of them. If yours is a house for informal entertaining, organize conversation groups where two or more can sit cozily, close together.
For reading, have enough shelves for books, and a convenient place to keep magazines. Then, a comfortable chair and a reading table with an unusual but effective lamp for good light, create an inviting atmosphere.
If your family is musically inclined, you may want one section of the room for the piano with another grouping for the radio set. Plan storage space for records and sheet music, each convenient to its unit.
The living room, or drawing room, or sitting room, or parlor, should contain upholstered furniture sufficient to seat all the members of the family plus two or three guests. Each major chair should be within reach of a table containing ashtray, etc., and should be faced so that those entering the room can be seen and welcomed.
The table may also include lamps, books, and other accessories both for decoration and use. Tables and chairs should harmonize in weight and style. Tall pieces of furniture (breakfronts, secretaries) should be placed against (and parallel with) walls. Seating furniture should be arranged along walls, either parallel or at right angles. Chairs and chaises may also be placed diagonally.
The piano should be placed with a straight side parallel to the wall away from heat and to receive light from the left. (Paper patterns of keyboards to lay on the floor for experimental purposes are available from most manufacturers). Breakfronts may be placed opposite a door of equal height, between two windows or facing a sofa. This, of course, should be balanced by a large group at the other end of them. One group is usually centered around a fireplace.
Wherever possible, units should be balanced with pieces of similar or equal design. Pairs of chairs, tables, lamps, etc., help in this. The entire room should be ‘tied together’ with something in common – style of wood, color, period, some design or motif, or just a familiar feeling.
Light: Light should be provided for each upholstered chair and sufficient light for reading in one or two own chairs. Lamps should be at an approximately uniform level from the floor about 50 inches. Lamps may be made from almost any interesting object-vases, statuary, jugs, old kerosene lamps, loving cups, decoys, baby toys. Shades should be pure, translucent, in size and style to harmonize with the base.
Provision for placement of books, souvenirs, collections, magazines, writing and sewing materials should be made if they are to be kept in the living room.
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One wall of the living room may be set up as an office, with built-in desk (with space for typewriter and fireproof place for valuables). Over the bureau, a map (or and old-time map), picture, enlarged photograph, or a collection of mementos may be placed. Bookshelves may surround the desk.
The color scheme of the living room should be in quiet shades. Regardless of color, wallpaper should have a recessive appearance to accent the furnishing. Two-one wallpaper makes matching and harmonizing easier. All other designs, imitations of fabric, bold stripes are all suitable for living room papers.
Accessories are often the most important part in giving personality to the home. Most homes, after years of random accumulations, get cluttered with accessories that add nothing to the decoration. Periodic removal of unnecessary objects is wise. Open shelves with knickknacks, books, hobby items, pictures, lamp bases, ash trays, silver, copper, pewter, chromium, glass, statuary, figurines, pottery, plastic, boxes, and other table decorations may add charm or clutter depending on selection and use. It is usually best to accumulate these as your lice in a home.
One decorating trick is to rotate your room’s accessories. Guard against monotony by changing living room accessories with the seasons. Use richly colored pottery pieces for fall; warm-colored lamps and beautiful paintings for winter; fragile vases and a group of vivid water colors for spring, and crystal flower containers, tables scarves. They are out-of-date; don’t protect anything.
Avoid antimacassars, runners, table scarves. They are out-of-date, don’t protect anything.
To obtain a cool look for summer, minimize accessories. If practical, rugs should be taken up, and floors covered with fresh, colored linen, glass, rayon, fiber, or cotton summer rugs or left bare. Replace winter draperies with light summer drapes or just white curtains. Slipcovers in cool colors-green, blues, white-should cover upholstered furniture, both as a summer change and as a protection against dust and fading. Furniture should be re-arranged so that chairs catch the breezes. The fireplace may be whitewashed for the summer. (Warm water will remove it in the fall). Decorative branches may be substituted for logs. Lampshades may be changed. Thick oil paintings and tapestries may be eliminated. A sense of bareness is also a sense of coolness.