WALL AND CEILING DECORATION. surface on one plane only, free both from shading
In choosing a wall-paper there are several circum- and perspective, that might suggest modelling or
stances to be taken into account; and chiefly, how the illusion of distance.
will it suit the particular room in which it is pro- A pattern of one single printing is more likely to
posed to be used ? Many papers that look quite ensure the requisite flatness than are elaborate ones,
fascinating in the small pattern-book have a most produced by combinations of colours and succes-
unpleasant effect when hung, the repeat running sive printings. Moreover, single prints are less
into awkward lines or unforeseen shapes that are expensive than other papers, for the production of
the very opposite to what one would have desired, which several blocks have to be cut, various colours
On the other hand, there are just as many patterns, to be mixed, and manifold printings to be effected,
consisting of such simple units that one might A paper ought to be frankly nothing more than
pass by them as having nothing in them; or a pattern-printed paper. It ought on no account
others, on the contrary, that one might be afraid to bear a deceptive resemblance to marble, mosaic,
of, as being too pronounced in little, which yet, wood, matting, embroidery, canvas, silk, or any
upon the wall, turn out to be admirable decora- other textile or material which it is not.
tions. It is wisest, therefore, to test in situ the Neither, again, should it be too pictorial, as is
effect of any paper one fancies, taking care to have the tendency of certain landscape friezes, which
two or three breadths of it
side by side, the better to
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of general decoration, all -i^^^pP^\j|/-9^
wall surfaces ought to be ^h^^^^l^J^^^
backgrounds, the degree of —_~:----£JL-****^ ' J-4f¥^ ^^~>~'^
this subordination varies
instance, in passages and
halls a fairly showy or pro-
nounced pattern may not
be out of place—nay, it - \ / /«|fl
may often provide a suit- K^Rrf} C *' ' •' '".
able and sufficient decora- ■ V^,. ' V,- ; 'I V
tion of itself; but in living- Cjj I r J
rooms, where the wall
surface presumably will
have to be broken up with "' JjffllW^'.lj*"-'
furniture, pictures and bric-
a-brac, a quieter and more
subdued type of pattern is /jHH^HK
required. A design that
boldly provokes attention
and is yet half hidden
behind a picture or a piece —
of furniture,, is a tantalising ^L.----
nuisance that effectually
destroys all sense of ease ^^^^^^^^^^^i^^^^^^^^^^^^^,- 7!""""—
and repose. In any event, •'• ^^S^«^^»t^e^^i0S^SSHH3lll|^|^|Hi
the wall-paper ought to
present a perfectly even wall'mcorIi'.ov designed by w. j. neatby, a.r.m.s.
v r ' wall. decoration executed by jeffrey & co.