Thoughts on House Decorating,
An excerpt from "Ideals In Art: Papers, Theoretical,
Practical, Critical, by Walter Crane,
by Walter Crane
London: George Bell & Sons, 1905, p. 132.
interiors are more pleasant than the white-painted panelled rooms in
eighteenth-century houses, a mode which some modern architects have
revived with much success. There is nothing like white paint for the
wood-work of modern rooms. It is the best set-off to wall-papers, and
though many attempts have been made by house painters and decorators
to get variety of effect by repeating in the styles and panels of the
doors some leading tint of the wall-paper, the eye soon tires of the
rather restless result, and welcomes plain white flatted paint,
leaving it to the mouldings to give the necessary relief.
Door panels are often considered suitable fields for painting or
other decoration; if, however, door panels are emphasized in this
way, the walls would have to be quiet in pattern and colour, so as to
let the doors tell as the chief decorative points; in such a scheme
they would naturally be balanced by a painted treatment of a wood
mantelpiece and connected by a chair rail and a panelled dado, or
wainscot; on the other hand, with a richly patterned and coloured
wall the wood-work, if painted, should be kept plain colour.
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