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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 4 (July 1, 1935.)

Small Rooms

Small Rooms.

To me, “spaciousness” and “graciousness” are practically synonymous. Both give a sensation of soothing, mixed with a little awe. Each has so many aspects. Even if we push back a little the four walls of our home, we gain a little.

Economic circumstances force most of us to live in houses far different from what we would plan for ourselves. Many have rooms far smaller than we would like. But even the small house, by careful planning, may be given a gracious aspect.

A small floor-space means that body-carpet is not outside the scope of a moderate income—and in a small house broken spaces must be avoided. The hallway, then, and the principal rooms should be carpeted all over in some unobtrusive design—or preferably no design at all. It is a recognised thing, nowadays, that the walls of a small room must not draw attention to themselves. They, too, must be plainly dressed. Upholstery follows suit.

Furniture is being built now on a scale suitable for small houses. Have nothing unwieldy in your home. A baronial buffet or an oppressive chesterfield may ruin the whole effect. Furniture pieces must be reduced to the minimum necessary for comfort. Endeavour to arrange furniture so that there is an uninterrupted view from the doorway.

The focal point in a small room must be the window. Do not obscure the view by heavy hangings. If privacy is necessary, semi-transparent net curtaining will ensure it, but detract hardly at all from the outlook. Heavy side-curtains should not overlap the window-space.

The touch of colour necessary is introduced in curtains and cushions—and remember that the small room prefers one colour stress, or two at the most.