Dine in Style: A Guide to Perfecting Your Dining Room Decor

Gray Tones in Dining Room

This room decorated in gray tones, is ideal for a dining room with a warm southern exposure, the gray walls harmonize with the blue rug and rose hangings. Paneling gives an opportunity for relieving the plainness of large wall surfaces, and the molding should be of a darker shade but of the same tone as the walls.

Silver finish fixtures are most appropriate in carrying out a gray color scheme, rather than brass or old gold finish.

Communicating Rooms

When the living room and dining room communicate, with either no doors at all or with sliding or glass doors, the character of wall treatment and woodwork in both might advantageously be very similar. This does not mean that the color must be identical. It does mean that strong contrasts and clashing colors must be avoided.

Harmonizing Colors

Tones of colors should be used on the wall which will harmonize with strong positive colored woodwork where it exists. The cherry wood may be modified by painting it gray or brown, but it is sometimes better to modify it by using a grayed tone of red in the paint or draperies; similarly the imitation oak may be modified by using grayed tones of yellow on the walls.

The disagreeable effects of a bright blue or green tiling about a fireplace may be made less insistent if its color is repeated in a softer tone on wall or floor. Thus may any crude color which is a fixture in the room be made less conspicuous by relating it to the general color scheme.

Room Decoration

Our illustration shows a room decorated as follows: Side Wall—Light Gray Sani-Flat or No. 6 Muresco. Ceilings—White Sani-Flat or XX White Muresco. Trim—Mooramel Enamel shaded to a slightly darker tone than the side walls, or a putty color. Molding—Sani-Flat of same shade as trim.

Other pleasing combinations are shown on the opposite page.


SANI-FLAT, as a flat oil paint, is recognized as a standard for quality and has met with unprecedented popularity and sales wherever introduced.

As its name indicates, Sani-Flat is a sanitary flat paint which dries with a beautiful dull finish, having the washable and durable properties of an oil paint. It flows freely and sets so slowly that large surfaces can be readily covered without showing laps or brush marks.

Sani-Flat is recommended for painting and decorating rough and smooth plaster walls, ceilings, woodwork, metal surfaces, wall boards, and all interior work where a beautiful flat durable finish is required.

No Cracking or Alligatoring

Due to the fact that only properly prepared and treated oils are used as a binder and that there is no rosin or gum in its composition, Sani-Flat will not crack, craze or alligator when subsequent coatings are applied.

The white pigment used in White Sani-Flat is a special make of Lithopone, which has exceptional covering qualities, is exceedingly white and will positively not turn dark when exposed to the sunlight—a common fault of nearly all similar pigments. This light proof property is one which is exceedingly important as Sani-Flat will not change color when used on window sills, casements or other places where there is strong sunlight.


Sani-Flat is most economical as to both labor and material necessary in producing a perfect job. It works easily and flows on so freely that a painter can cover one third more surface than with many other paints of this nature.

Unlike other similar paints the pigment does not precipitate or settle hard in the can but may be stirred up quickly and easily, thus saving a great deal of time. As Sani-Flat is sold at a reasonable price and has so many positive advantages over other like paints it is without doubt one of the most economical flat oil paints on the market.

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