The drawing-room, with its uncomfortable chairs and numerous ornaments, has practically disappeared, and the lounge has taken its place. As the name implies, the lounge should be a room in which to relax, a room which suggests comfort.
Oak or parquet floors are the most effective, with a carpet that is neither so large that it covers too much of the wood, nor so small that it looks like a tiny island in an ocean, or Persian or Chinese rugs. Stained boards, not too dark, must act as a substitute if oak or parquet is not within the means of the householder. A chesterfield and inviting easy chairs, with a plentiful supply of bright cushions, should be the chief furnishing of the room.
Lighting the Lounge
A nest of tables and occasional tables are invaluable for tea, evening coffee, or anything one may want to use thorn for. A piano and a gramophone usually find their homes in this room. A display cabinet with choice china, tastefully arranged, is wonderfully decorative, and there should be a few carefully chosen pictures, preferably paintings or etchings, arranged with thought and not scattered here and there at odd heights. Subdued lighting or standard lamps are most restful, but a central light should not be omitted for use when one wishes to sew or read.
A room is made or marred by its colour-scheme. Harmony is essential to comfort. With a patterned carpet, plain-coloured chair coverings are advisable. They look more comfortable, and produce a good background for cushions, which, with the carpet and curtains, should give the room it3 colour. Plain, neutral-coloured wallpaper is most used, and gives an admirable setting. A two-colour scheme is probably more effective, though a third is permissible. Beyond this, the colour-scheme merges into a paint-box, which means that everything is singled out and harmony vanishes. Flowers, artistically displayed in cut-glass bowls or vases, and chosen to tone or contrast, give that extra touch of homeliness so much appreciated by a visitor.
A guests room, if such be available, should have nothing of the makeshift about it. That is to dishonour the visitor. Twin beds or a divan, with bedspreads and eiderdowns to match, but that do not clash with the wallpaper and the curtains, a little table for the early morning tea, two comfortable chairs, a wardrobe, and a washstand if basins are not fitted, are indispensable. The thoughtful hostess will also provide a little secretaire, complete with stationery. A reading lamp either fixed over the bed or with a flex so that it may be moved from the table to the desk must not be omitted. When a person says: Now I want you to feel quite at home, the wish should be based on sincerity, and it is by paying attention to such apparently trivial details as the provision of notepaper and envelopes, pens and ink, that this sincerity is proved. The considered trifles have much to do with the making of a pleasurable and remembered stay; the unconsidered trifles may mar it.