Thursday, January 21, 2010

How to Decorate Like it's 1956, part 6

[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.]

Aaand we're back in the New Year with another pair of primo, prodigious, possibly pedantic paragraphs. Plus an illuminating illustration, of course. This week we learn the effects of dark- and light-walled rooms, and how they should inform your lighting decisions.

Adjust light brilliance to color

"Shiny and light-toned surfaces throw back the light, while dark surfaces soak it up. If you choose dark walls, plan to use more lamps and bigger, brighter bulbs. Keep the ceiling color light, so light will reflect. Average-size rooms need at least five lamps distributed around them, assuming there are pale walls and ceilings in the rooms.

Some ways to add light to a dark-walled room are by the use of mirrors, translucent shades or groupings of spot-lights, as shown in drawing here."

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

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