The Studio yearbook of decorative art — 1906

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Wall and Ceiling Decoration

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.

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