MODERN furniture is a true example of simplicity, for it is simplicity itself, both in design and from the point of view of cleaning.
For comfort and convenience the modern style has no competitor, and even the lover of antiques and period furniture has to admit, even though grudgingly, that for comfort old-fashioned pieces do not compare with those of the present day.
Two Articles in One
The designers of modern furniture have minimized work for the housekeeper, saved space by sometimes amalgamating two articles in one, and combined comfort and simplicity almost with a suggestion of severity. These are all in accordance with the design of the modern house, which, with its ow ceilings and fireplaces, plain doors, shallow casement windows and narrow rooms, often inclined to be small, oes not lend itself to overcrowding or the introduction of heavy furniture. Labour-saving Always THE present trend is to have every- thing as light, bright, airy and labour-saving as possible. Latter-day furniture aids and abets these desirable qualities. There is nothing dark, heavy or monotonous about thepieces, nor anything which gives other than the least amount of work in cleaning.
Imagine a heavy mahogany tall-boy in a modern bedroom! It would look altogether out of place and would not be shown to advantage, for though these articles are singularly handsome, they were designed for large and lofty apartments, not rooms where the ceilings are so low in comparison with the height of the tall-boy that they almost touch the top of the furniture. As a result of this tendency in architecture, the modern furniture is built on as low lines as possible so as to give the appearance of space and not make the rooms look overcrowded.
Brass bedsteads are things of the past, as is also the early wooden type with its high headpiece and foot of nearly the same height. The bed used to-day is one with a very low headpiece and the foot only sufficiently high to hide the actual bedding. Divans are much favoured because they give the appearance of space, and in the day-time can be made to look attractive with cushions thrown on and used to sit on instead of merely to look at. Weathered Oak and Light Walnut COR the double room twin bedsteads are more often used than a double bedstead. These, however, are often connected by means of the head-piece, which is made in one piece, allowing room for a table-cupboard between the two beds. Bookcases with table top.-? Are often attached at each end of the headpiece so that each occupant has a place in which to put anything that may be required cither during the night or in the morning. These tables are usually fitted with a lamp, and are made so that the early morning tea-tray fits on.
The woods chiefly used are weathered oak and light walnut. These, being fight in colour, also give the appearance of space. The colours also harmonize with the tone of the modern bedroom, which is made to look as restful as possible.
Built-in furniture such as wardrobes, dressing-tables and cupboards are in great demand. This does not mean that the wood has to be painted or stained and thus look shabby in the course of a few months, but that the actual furniture, made of whatever wood you may choose, is built into wall recesses simply to save space and labour. This makes a room very easy to keep clean, as there is no necessity to move anything other than an occasional chair and table.
Wash-basins in Colour
Washstands are also disappearing. These rather ugly pieces of furniture have been superseded by the modern method of having running hot and cold water in each bedroom. Wash-basins can be obtained in a large variety of colours, either on a pedestal or without. If the latter is chosen it is a good plan to have a cupboard built underneath and drawers on either side with plate glass on the top to form a table at each side of the basin for toilet requisites. The wood chosen for this cupboard should be the same as that used for the bedroom suite, otherwise it looks better painted.
Wardrobes are not built so high as formerly, and instead of the mirrors being on the outside, they are now concealed within. This does not moan that there is not sufficient room for clothes to hang without touching the bottom. It do?s mean, however, that the usual drawer ab the bottom for hats, etc., has been dispensed with. The wardrobe is either fitted with a separate compartment for millinery, or a millinery chest is supplied with the suite. A fitted wardrobe is usually used in a room which is occupied by a man.
Ornaments in a bedroom are reduced to a minimum. The dressing-table is no longer a museum. Often the only things on it are a bowl of flowers, a clock, and perhaps a photograph. A dressing-table set of enamel always looks bright, and can be obtained in colours to harmonize or contrast with any room. The top of the dressing-table is usually covered with plate
Mats are sometimes put under this glass, but it is usual to show the plain wood. This saves a considerable amount of laundering.
Colour from Accessories
Loose coverings and wallpapers in bed-A rooms are usually as plain as possible-It is the accessories which give the colour note to the room. A plain-colour pile carpet, brightened by occasional rugs, is perhaps the warmest floor-covering, because it cuts out draught. Unless the furniture is built in, this is not labour-saving, because to sweep the carpet all the furniture has to be moved in order to get close to the skirting. Linoleum or plain stained boards with a carpet or rugs is more practicable where there is a suite of furniture.
Bedspreads and eiderdowns are made to match, both being made of taffeta. This colour note can also be carried out in the curtains, which are usually made of plain coloured silk, lined on the outside with a neutral colour which matches those of the rest of the house.