Weathered Oak in the Study the study, which may be situated either upstairs or down, according to the accommodation available, should be simply furnished, yet cosy. It should be well lighted, both naturally and artificially, and should give the maximum amount of comfort. One cannot work in a room which is depressing or heavy.
Bookshelves should be built to fit the books so as not to waste space. Light wood is most restful and suitable for the small room. The fireplace must be in keeping with modern furniture. The writing-table or desk, fitted with drawers on either side, should be placed where there is plenty of light. Steel furniture is increasingly used, but weathered oak is attractive, and gives a mellow appearance as far as possible, if the expense is not too great, the shelves should be built of the same wood as that used in the room, otherwise they should be stained to tone.
Parquet flooring and narrow oak boards are popular. Rugs, if either of these floorings is used, are the best coverings. Chairs should be comfortable, not formidable and straight-backed. Comfort and pleasant surroundings encourage work. Bookcases Easily Accessible IPHE walls should be light in colour, in contrast with the rather drab appearance of a room full of books . The shelves, if not backed with wood, should have brown paper behind them. Table book-cases, low in design, are useful in any study, as they are firm and enable the occupant to have volumes which are frequently used, easily accessible. Unless the room is to have books all round, it is not recommended to have them immediately opposite a window, as the bindings are liable to fade, nor should they be near the fire, for heat is apt to injure the backs. Bookshelves should not go right up to the ceiling, but be kept as lov as possible. This will admit of a few choice engravings or etchings.
A few busts on the top of the bookshelves will not be out of place, but ordinary ornaments strike a jarring note.
A central light is necessary for the purpose of finchng books , and a standard for the writing-tab.le. Wall fittings are in koeping in a room of this kind, the shape being a personal consideration. An electric radiator or gas fire is preferable to a coal fire on account of the dust. Furnishing the Lounge HE lounge, as the modern drawing- room is called, is a room for relaxation and comfort, and this should be studied in its every detail.
Comfortable chairs and Chesterfields are perhaps the most important. Comfort, however, is not merely a matter of springs and upholstory; it depends to a very appreciable extent on the geneial harmony of the surroundings and accessories. The modern lounge should be restful yet bright. The colour scheme should be soft, brightened by lamps, cushions, curtains and flowers. If space permits, two Chesterfields and as many easy chairs as possible will never be amiss. These should be covered in a soft tone and brightened with plain-coloured but bright cushions. Oak or parquet flooring is always pleasing. The carpet or rugs should be bright. Fire-irons are Hidden A C4AIN the fire-place will be low, and a concession may be made to a coal fire. Fire-irons should be out of sight. These are often concealed by means of a cupboard let in the wall just by the fire-place. Failing this, a companion set is compact, and need only take up a small corner. A fender is replaced by a kerb, oris often dispensed with, and the hearth raised above the level of the floor.