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Principles of Home Decoration With Practical Examples   By: (1827-1923)

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[Frontispiece: Dining room in "Pennyroyal" (in Mrs. Boudinot Keith's Cottage, Onteora)]

Principles of Home Decoration

With Practical Examples


Candace Wheeler

New York

Doubleday, Page & Company


Published February 1903


CHAPTER I. Decoration as an Art. Decoration in American Homes. Woman's Influence in Decoration.

CHAPTER II. Character in Homes.

CHAPTER III. Builders' Houses. Expedients.

CHAPTER IV. Colour in Houses. Colour as a Science. Colour as an Influence.

CHAPTER V. The Law of Appropriateness. Cleanliness and Harmony Tastefully Combined. Bedroom Furnished in Accordance with Individual Tastes.

CHAPTER VI. Kitchens. Treatment of Walls from a Hygienic Point of View.

CHAPTER VII. Colour with Reference to Light. Examples of the Effects of Light on Colour. Gradation of Colour.

CHAPTER VIII. Walls, Ceilings and Floors. Treatment and Decoration of Walls. Use of Tapestry. Leather and Wall Papers. Panels of Wood, Painted Walls. Textiles.

CHAPTER IX. Location of the House. Decoration Influenced by Situation.

CHAPTER X. Ceilings. Decorations in Harmony with Walls. Treatment in Accordance with Size of Room.

CHAPTER XI. Floors and Floor Coverings. Treatment of Floors Polished Wood, Mosaics. Judicious Selection of Rugs and Carpets.

CHAPTER XII. Draperies. Importance of Appropriate Colours. Importance of Appropriate Textures.

CHAPTER XIII Furniture. Character in Rooms. Harmony in Furniture. Comparison Between Antique and Modern Furniture. Treatment of the Different Rooms.


Dining room in "Penny royal" (Mrs. Boudinot Keith's cottage, Onteora)

Hall in city house, showing effect of staircase divided and turned to rear

Stenciled borders for hall and bathroom decorations

Sitting room in "Wild Wood," Onteora (belonging to Miss Luisita Leland)

Large sitting room in "Star Rock" (country house of W.E. Connor, Esq., Onteora)

Painted canvas frieze and buckram frieze for dining room

Square hall in city house

Colonial chairs and sofa (belonging to Mrs. Ruth McEnery Stuart)

Colonial mantel and English hob grate (sitting room in Mrs. Candace Wheeler's house)

Sofa designed by Mrs. Candace Wheeler, for N.Y. Library in "Woman's Building," Columbia Exposition

Rustic sofa and tables in "Penny royal" (Mrs. Boudinot Keith's cottage, Onteora)

Dining room in "Star Rock" (country house of W.E. Connor, Esq., Onteora)

Dining room in New York house showing leaded glass windows

Dining room in New York home showing carved wainscoting and painted frieze

Screen and glass windows in house at Lakewood (belonging to Clarence Root, Esq.)

Principles of Home Decoration



" Who creates a Home, creates a potent spirit which in turn doth fashion him that fashioned. "

Probably no art has so few masters as that of decoration. In England, Morris was for many years the great leader, but among his followers in England no one has attained the dignity of unquestioned authority; and in America, in spite of far more general practice of the art, we still are without a leader whose very name establishes law.

It is true we are free to draw inspiration from the same sources which supplied Morris and the men associated with him in his enthusiasms, and in fact we do lean, as they did, upon English eighteenth century domestic art and derive from the men who made that period famous many of our articles of faith; but there are almost no authoritative books upon the subject of appropriate modern decoration... Continue reading book >>

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