The Smart Approach to Home Decorating, 3rd Edition

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The Smart Approach® to Home Decorating, 3rd Edition is a complete introduction into the subject of interior design. In words and pictures, it explains everything a homeowner needs to know to design and decorate a house with professional results. Topics covered in the book include explanations and examples of the basic principles of design, space planning, layout, and arrangement; furniture; color, pattern, and fabric; window treatments; ...
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Overview


The Smart Approach® to Home Decorating, 3rd Edition is a complete introduction into the subject of interior design. In words and pictures, it explains everything a homeowner needs to know to design and decorate a house with professional results. Topics covered in the book include explanations and examples of the basic principles of design, space planning, layout, and arrangement; furniture; color, pattern, and fabric; window treatments; accessories; and decorating room by room.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Part of a new series, this updated volume of a popular Creative Homeowner title covers the principles and practicalities of home decorating... With easy-to-follow text, coupled with instructive photos, the book provides a comprehensive overview and answers many queries the non-professional may have."
-Mark Rotella, Publishers Weekly
March 3, 2003
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"The authors [of The New Smart Approach to Home Decorating] encourage the reader to think like an expert. ... With easy-to-follow text, coupled with instructive photos, the book ... answers many queries the non-professional may have."
-Publishers Weekly
March 3, 2003

"This book offers home-decorating ideas aimed at conservative readers. More than 400 color photographs show simple traditional and contemporary home interiors. The text covers everything from basic room layouts to information on light bulbs. Professional de-sign terms and concepts are clearly explained"
-Betsy Lehndorff, Cadillc News, Scripps Howard News Service
April 24, 2003

Winner of ForeWord Magazine's Bronze Book of the Year Award.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580113441
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Series: Smart Approach
  • Edition description: Third
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

The New Smart Approach to Home Decorating

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Chapter One
The Basics of Design 12

• Understanding Your Space

• Creating a Plan

• Decorating Room by Room

• A Gallery of Smart Ideas

Chapter Two
Adding Color and Texture 32

• Working with Color

• Introducing Pattern

• Adding Texture

• Creating a Design

• A Gallery of Smart Ideas

Chapter Three
The Right Light 52

• Natural Light

• Types of Artificial Light

• Selecting Light Levels

• Types of Bulbs

• Determining Lighting Needs

• Lighting Fixtures

• The Role of Lighting in Architecture

• A Gallery of Smart Ideas

Chapter Four
Flooring Options 74

• Choices in Wood

• Laminate Flooring

• Vinyl Sheet and Tile Flooring

• Ceramic Choices

• Natural Stone

• Carpeting and Rugs

• Picking a Flooring Material

• A Gallery of Smart Ideas

Chapter Five
Wall and Window Treatments 92

• Assessing Your Walls

• Decorative Paint Techniques

• Painting Walls and Trim

• Selecting Wallcoverings and Borders

• Window Treatments

• A Gallery of Smart Ideas

Chapter Six
Distinctive Touches 120

• Elements of Style

• Special Details

• A Gallery of Smart Ideas

Chapter Seven
The Facts on Furniture 140

• Furniture for Your Home

• Making Choices

• Furniture Styles

• Judging Quality

• Recycling Your Furniture

• A Gallery of Smart Ideas

Chapter Eight
The Rooms in Your Home 162

• Foyers and Hallways

• Living Room

• Family Room

• Dining Room

• Kitchen

• Bedrooms

• Children's Rooms

• Bathrooms

• Working with Professionals

• A Gallery of Smart Ideas

Chapter Nine
Creating a Kitchen Design 190

• Set Priorities

• Basic Kitchen Layouts

• Choosing Cabinets

• Countertop Options

• Selecting Fixtures

• A Galley of Smart Ideas

Chapter Ten
Creating a Bathroom Design 220

• Set Priorities

• Basic Layouts

• Types of Bathrooms

• Shopping for Bath Products

• Fixtures
• Storage for the Bath

• Serviceable Surfaces

• What's Your Style

• A Gallery of Smart Ideas

Chapter Eleven
Outdoor Living Areas 250

• Decorating Sunrooms and Porches

• Patios, Decks, and Gazebos

• Tips on Landscaping

• A Gallery of Smart Ideas

Appendix 268

Resource guide 276

Glossary 278

Index 282

Credits 286

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