I love when I find a tidbit in Charlotte Mason’s writing that deals with an unusual subject. For instance, she has something to say on bargain shopping and on basic hygiene. But in this case, the quote I have stumbled upon is on the decorating of one’s house. Charlotte begins by saying that one must develop their own sense of taste, just as one must develop one’s own conscience. It is not the sort of thing one person can impose upon another.
But just as with conscience, there are certain principles which must be adhered to, at least when it comes to the decorative arts. Charlotte lists these: “the thing must be fit for its purpose; must harmonize with both the persons and things about it; . . . must be as lovely as may be in form, texture, and colour; one point more — it is better to have too little than too much” (Formation of Character, pp.151-2).