Tuesday, November 3, 2009

How to Decorate Like it's 1956, part 3

[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.]

The latest installation in our (gripping) series dissects the psychological--and physiological--effects of good lighting. Because upon returning home from a night on the town (as our couple in the rocking illustration presumably are), one does not want to be greeted with poor lighting.

Light Rooms Evenly

"You're happier on a sunny day. And scientists say a cheerfully lighted room gives the same emotional lift. Best for your spirits and your eyes, too, is fairly even lighting throughout a room, with extra lamps at special work areas. It's the spotty, uneven contrast of dark, shadowy corners and glaring illumination that overexercises eyes.

Your eye has a built-in exposure meter and automatic lens control that widens and narrows the lens opening to compensate for less or more light. Cooperate with the control by lighting evenly to avoid eyestrain."

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

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