House Beautiful Details

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Details are at the heart of every decorating scheme. Flowers and plants, art, collectibles, books, photographs - these are all finishing touches that add energy and character and wit to our homes. In this new volume in their Great Style series, the editors of House Beautiful offer myriad ways to choose and arrange these wonderful "punctuation points" to animate every type of decor, from sleek and contemporary rooms to highly embellished traditional schemes. House Beautiful takes the mystery out of selecting and ...
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Overview

Details are at the heart of every decorating scheme. Flowers and plants, art, collectibles, books, photographs - these are all finishing touches that add energy and character and wit to our homes. In this new volume in their Great Style series, the editors of House Beautiful offer myriad ways to choose and arrange these wonderful "punctuation points" to animate every type of decor, from sleek and contemporary rooms to highly embellished traditional schemes. House Beautiful takes the mystery out of selecting and displaying these accents by exploring the five simple guidelines of shape, scale, texture, color, and finish that are the major criteria in all professional design decisions: which pieces belong together, how many of them are enough or too much, what background is best for paintings, how to add drama to an arrangement. And each page is brimming with ideas for enlivening every room with the beauty of nature, with favorite collectibles or serious collections, even with personal mementos and everyday items. More than one hundred rich color photographs of homes throughout the country bring all these design lessons to vibrant life.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781588160140
  • Publisher: Hearst Books
  • Publication date: 12/31/2001
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 10.23 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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Even the most talented designer will admit that arranging accessories successfully is a process of trial and error; it may take several tries with various objects before a grouping really works. 



Helping navigate the editing process are five esthetic guidelines: color, shape, scale, texture, and finish. Using them as reference points, a designer begins by looking for similarities as well as contrasts among objects. Two pieces with different bold shapes -- one curved, one angular -- may set up an exciting contrast. Or the repetition of the same shape, as in a collection of plates on a wall, may achieve the desired effect. In a room where ceilings soar and the furniture is imposing, details should be appropriately overscale. Disparate objects drawn from different periods, places, and pedigrees can mesh successfully when all share similar colors, finishes, and textures. This is a useful trick when operating on a tight budget: One or two precious items can be augmented with finds from thrift shops and flea markets that are in some ways similar. 



But sometimes only an adventurous approach will do. In an arrangement of boxes, for example, a striking visual statement might be created by grouping unlike surfaces and colors together -- a dark, polished mahogany tea caddy and a carved walnut case with a worn, dull finish can be surprisingly and successfully teamed with a pair of red lacquered oriental boxes. 



Copyright (c) 1996 by The Hearst Corporation

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