The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 11 (February 1, 1936)
The Dining Room
The Dining Room.
The problem of decorating the dining-room will be solved according to the answers to the following questions:—
(1) Is the room large or small?
(2) Is it a light or dark room?
(3) Are you buying new furniture?
A large room may be given an air of warmth and cosiness by having the walls papered or painted in red, orange or yellow. This has an effect of “drawing-in” the walls. If the room is fairly light, with large window spaces, have your colours cooler.
For a room with pale red walls, I would suggest hangings of sea-green, page 58 and grey woodwork. It will be noted that your red room will appear much subdued by artificial light. If your furniture is mahogany, you would not, of course, choose red walls. In a red room, a gay effect can be obtained with colourful cushions.
Deep yellow walls form a fine background for dark oak furniture. The contrasting colour note should be blue.
A small, light room.—Charming colour schemes giving an air of coolness and space may be applied to this type of dining-room. Light oak furniture, or any wood of a yellowish tinge, looks well here. If, as I suggested last month, you have used blue for your hall-way, this colour-scheme may be extended to the dining-room. Have your wood-work stained, as in the hall, a light oak.
A charming background for a Jacobean suite is provided by surfgreen walls and crimson carpet and hangings.
If you have a colour scheme already in mind, or if your room is already harmoniously furnished, I suggest a neutral grey background.
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