House Beautiful Bedrooms

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?For expert advice on putting together color, furnishings, and decorative accents in your home, pick up House Beautiful Bedrooms.??Bridal Guide. Lush photos exhibit the awe-inspiring bedrooms of professional decorators. There?s simple and evocative Colonial New England style, or English Country with pretty Laura Ashley florals. Bolder tastes might prefer the Manhattan bedroom of designer Katie Ridder and architect Peter Pennoyer.
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“For expert advice on putting together color, furnishings, and decorative accents in your home, pick up House Beautiful Bedrooms.”—Bridal Guide. Lush photos exhibit the awe-inspiring bedrooms of professional decorators. There’s simple and evocative Colonial New England style, or English Country with pretty Laura Ashley florals. Bolder tastes might prefer the Manhattan bedroom of designer Katie Ridder and architect Peter Pennoyer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588162281
  • Publisher: Hearst
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: House Beautiful Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 9.86 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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Balancing Acts



The most obvious "rule" -- that the scale of a successful window decoration should always be in harmony with the walls and windows of the room -- is unfortunately not always followed.  Too often, a curtain panel is too short, or stock-sized louvered wooden shutters are too small.   Curtains that are too narrow are a common problem, especially when trying to fit standard sizes available at retail to the nonstandard windows of many rooms.  

A big window deserves generous embellishments; undersize hardware and flimsy rods will automatically underplay its inherent drama and grandness.



Rooms with a View



Window coverings play an important role in controlling light.  In rooms with large windows, they provide a comfort shield against the sun's glare and heat.  Often the best choices for rooms that face into the sun are wooden venetian blinds, vertical blinds, or mini blinds with narrow slats of plastic or aluminum featuring cords, wands, or other mechanisms that allow the light to be finely calibrated.



A growing concern about the harmful effect of ultraviolet rays has given rise to a variety of solar screening materials, including a scrimlike plastic mesh that works well for large window walls in contemporary settings.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 14
Chapter 1 Setting a Mood 17
Chapter 2 Questions of Balance 35
Chapter 3 Personal Taste 51
Chapter 4 Surface Appearances 65
Chapter 5 Beds and Beyond 77
Chapter 6 Dressing the Room 107
Chapter 7 Final Touches 127
Directory of Designers and Architects 140
Photography Credits 142
Index 143
Acknowledgments 144
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