Tuesday, June 8, 2010

How to Decorate Like it's 1956, part 10

[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.]

Drama, drama, drama. Better Homes suggests spotlighting your centerpiece to create drama. But—pssst—keep your voices down! Majorly secretive advice about to be divulged here! We suggest making your light fixture the centerpiece. If that isn't dramatic, well then we don't know what is.

Spotlight for drama

"Dramatize your decorating with bright accents of light. This one sets directly into the ceiling, but there are exposed models of a bullet shape which can be painted to match the ceiling.

Consider using pin-up spots, or photographers' clamps with a spotlight bulb. For example, at a dinner party, hide a pin-point spot and focus it on the centerpiece while the rest of the table glows by candlelight. Or use a clamp light shining on an accessory."

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

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