Thursday, October 8, 2009

How to Decorate Like it's 1956, part 2

[This is a recurring post dedicated to highlighting snippets of "Chapter 7: Lighting" from Fire Farm's copy of the Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book, published in 1956. To see all posts from this series, click here.]

This week's advice extols the virtues of valance lighting, complete with an illustration that is simply the cat's pajamas. Neato canito!


Round-the-clock lighting

"Adequate lighting is especially important in decorating--you've spent hours in matching colors, so give those colors enough light to enjoy them. At night, let some of the principal lights come from about the same direction as the light did during the day.

Cove or valance illumination retains the luminous daytime look of window fabric and blinds. If you're in an older home, you probably need more circuits for laborsaving machines, so plan for eyesaving lighting, too. Talk it over with an expert--for safety's sake, wiring should be done by a professional."

[Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book. Des Moines, IA: Meredith Publishing Company, 1956. Print.]

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