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From the Editors & Experts: Decorating Tips

Inspiration

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Use the palette of a striped rug to inspire your choice of room accents and furnishings.

The back of a fabric, curtain, comforter, or area rug is sometimes more interesting—and toned down—than the front. If no telltale signs like hems will show, go ahead and flip it.

Look to nature for perfect color combinations—the landscape, flowers, and vegetables. Animal coats are always perfectly hued. You could do a living room around your calico cat’s coloring!
—Elaine Griffin

I love white walls and neutral furnishings with pops of colorful accessories and accent pieces.
—Annette Joseph

Swatching

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Consider how much light a room gets before picking colors. South-facing rooms get more sunlight, so use cool colors such as blues and greens, to soothe the room. North-facing rooms beg for red or yellow tones to warm things up.

Looking at a fabric or paint swatch six inches from your eye is different than seeing it in a room. If it’s going on a horizontal surface, look at the swatch horizontally. Or drape it over a chair. Step back six feet and look at it from a distance.
—Janie Hirsch, Interior Designer

Always do paint test swatches with two to three coats first to make sure you love a color.
—Elaine Griffin, Interior Designer

Grouping

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Break up a room of matchy-matchy wood furniture with one painted piece. It doesn't have to be a bold color. Or try black. It balances nicely with natural wood.

Buy vases, pitchers, or decorative boxes in shades of one color and group them to add an easy, impactful pop of color in a room.

Corral a stack of books and the remotes in a colorful tray to create an eye-catching decorative display on a coffee table.
—Grant K. Gibson


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Product Details

  • Series: Better Homes and Gardens Home (Book 32)
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Better Homes & Gardens; 10 edition (September 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470887141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470887141
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. M. Keefer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 28, 2011
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Today we apartment and home dwellers want to be involved in decorating our homes. But we need to be informed on an abundance of topics to do so. This is an affordable "how-to" book that breaks the process down room-by-room with hundreds of ideas, and photos to illustrate the ideas, on how to create a room. It's great for those new to the process and those who are looking for ideas they haven't considered before.

Ten design basics are introduced for each room: living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, offices, entries etc. Then, examples of popular styles of the room (playful chic, nature inspired, urban modern etc.) are illustrated along with a possible color palette for each room, important room elements are highlighted and our favorite before-and-afters of the room are shown. Three common flaws and three suggested fixes are covered for rooms. "Style made simple" regarding rooms covers topics like curtains, storage, headboards etc. Scattered throughout are short "try this" tips on the photos for DIYers (one example: cover self-adhesive lampshades with fabric).

There's styles for almost any taste featured in the House Tours section--my favorite section--including 10 styles such as modern cottage, classic bungalow, refined rustic, fresh traditional, modern family, today's farmhouse, artistic cottage and scandanavian modern. The styles tend to be more informal, but the tips could be adapted to more formal and glamourous styles as well which would be fun to do.

The workroom section at the end offers nuts and bolts basics on how to decorate with lessons on pattern, color, scale, balance, texture, paint, wallpaper, fabric etc.
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This book does have some good ideas, suggestions, and pictures. However, it is really much more focused on remodeling than on merely decorating. The bulk of the ideas in the book discuss recreating rooms not with paint, accessories, furniture, or whatever, but with actually re-doing the room from the ground up. That is NOT what I expected nor what I wanted; however, if that is what you are looking for this is probably an excellent book. Personally, I'm finding the Taunton Decorating Ideas Book much more in line with what I need -- we've just purchased a brand-new home so remodeling is not on the agenda, but I desperately need help with decorating!
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Better Homes & Gardens has come out with another fantastic decorating book. I love this book because it is FILLED with tons of ideas for every budget and design style. I am an interior designer, blogger and decorative painter so I am constantly looking for new ideas and inspiration. I have already read this book cover to cover at least three times and still I find something new that catches my eye. I highly recommend if you can only buy one decorating book a year, this is the one! Also if you missed the last BH&G New Decorating Book, do yourself a favor and find it.
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I purchased this book, sight unseen, counting on the good reputation of Better Homes and Gardens. I am completely delighted with it. Every page is a full color example of wonderful interior decorating ideas. The book is divided by rooms and purposes. I delight in just paging through it and imagining all these creative ideas in my own home. I HIGHLY recommend this book for the interior decorating enthusiast.
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By L on March 31, 2012
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This book has some good ideas, and I may use a few of them in the near future. The pictures are very good and I was able to visualize my home in some of the changes.
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When I initially looked at the excerpts of this book, the sample images seemed more traditional and dated. I'm glad I gave it a chance despite that. This book is image-heavy and the majority of the rooms/homes are contemporary and stylish without being overly trendy. The layout of the book is great, with a practical and helpful reference section at the back. The writing is friendly and conversational but informative.
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i have decorating books by well known decorators & this is by far the best! a lot of the things in here u have around the house & it shows in an inexpensive way what to do. also new ideas that look expensive but r not. color palettes galore. its a must. bhg never disappoint!
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I do like this book, but I did find it over done. I like stylish décor, but personally I prefer a more minimalist and masculine approach. The colour schemes are fresh and pretty. Lots of busy décor detail here.
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