There should be some means of warming a hall. It is only comparatively recently, other than in large houses, that architects have given attention to what is really a very important matter. If central heating or electric power is installed, no problem arises. If a flue is available, a small gas-fire in a plain setting may be used. The main objection to oil lamps is that unless they are kept scrupulously clean, they give off most objectionable fumes.
From the point of view of health, it is manifestly absurd, in the depth of winter, for a not unimportant part of the house to compote with a refrigerator. An equable temperature is highly desirable, and at long last the matter is receiving the attention it deserves from architect, builder, and householder alike.
The dining-room offers little scope for individual treatment. It is an apartment for a purpose as definite as the kitchen, for in the one meals are eaten, and in the other prepared. The over-elaborate sideboard, with huge carved legs and a threatening canopy, is a thing of the past, and has given place to smaller and lighter designs, but dining-room chairs are still rather stiff and formal, although it is usual to have an easy chair on either side of the fireplace.