Interiors (Design & Decorate S.)

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A guide to decorative ideas for the home, this title looks at the different rooms in the house and shows ways to create a certain style and decor whatever your taste or budget. Broad in appeal, it provides practical advice and myriad decorating ideas and should appeal to those who want a simple room-makeover or even a completely new look. It also contains useful information on working within a room's period and architecture, looking at room shape and size, advice on colour and tone and the importance of natural and electric lighting. It includes ideas for revamping existing furniture and fittings, updating window treatments, storage solutions and bringing in inexpensive changes.

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Lesley Taylor will be a familiar figure to many since the launch of her television career in 1990. This frenetic beginner's introduction to the furnishing, shaping, and lighting of interiors, shares television's frenetic style--it will no doubt be snapped up by the Changing Rooms brigade. But it is more practical than that, reflecting Taylor's journalistic background (she is the author of many features for interiors magazines including Perfect Home and Ideal Home).

Taylor wisely points out that the best way to learn which furniture, furnishings and coverings work together is by flipping through a range of interiors magazines. No one book can substitute for a handful of carefully chosen subscriptions. Taylor's own attempt here to cover all bases--from Shaker to tribal--can become positively feverish, as when she describes a trompe l'oeil painting of a window with its view beyond. "This option," she writes, "means you could create the vista of your dreams, maybe overlooking the Hanging Gardens of Babylon".

But Taylor's enthusiasm is infectious. Each full-page photograph is fully explored, Taylor explaining in detail how all the elements work together to shape and style each interior. Her approach to colour and tone, and the way they can be used to reshape often poky modern interiors, is especially good. --Simon Ings

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Lesley Taylor has worked as an interior design consultant for many years. She appears regularly on both national prime time and regional television and is a regular contributor to many leading interior design magazines. She is also the author of the other books in the New Holland Design and Decorate series: Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Kitchens, Living Rooms, and Colour Schemes. Lesley lives in Southgate in South Wales.

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